Because of its high percentage of lac, this deep black, pigment-containing Chinese calligraphy (Indian) ink produced by Herbin will have a shimmering, shiny surface when dry. Such ink goes by the name Indian Ink because much of the lac secretion it contains comes from the Punjab region of India; see below for the reasons for making this distinction. It is great for use in drawing and lettering work when using a nib, calame (reed pen) or brush but it should not be used in fountain pens because of the clogging danger. The ink is washproof (wash-fast), waterproof and resistant to many types of solvents - in addition, it sports a high degree of colour fastness and consistency.
Speaking of ink and Indian ink: ink actually refers to a writing fluid that as a rule consists of a solution of dyes in water or something similar and basically does not contain any binding agents. For this reason, ink can not only be applied with nibs or brushes but also with fountain pens (no danger of clogging). Ink is absorbed by the substrate and is thereby so firmly attached to it that it will be difficult to make any changes or corrections. Indian Ink consists of pigments, water and a binding agent that during the drying process acts like a glue - the Indian Ink thereby "glues" to the substrate which means that it can be removed by scratching it off with, for example, a razor blade. It is precisely the presence of the binding agent that makes Indian Ink unsuitable for use in fountain pens because such "binding" will only serve to clog the pen.
Chinese calligraphy (Indian) ink, 250 ml, for pen and brush, opaque, black
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