Made from the resin of the Dracaena Cinnabari tree, this ink is prescribed for writing upon the instruments of steel with the pen or stylus of the art. I highly recommend this ink for writing on steel apparatuses. It can be used to write on parchment but because it is alcohol based, it can be daunting as it lacks typical viscosity and requires dipping the pen more frequently. Therefore, Dragon’s Blood ink is not recommended for parchment. While with some finesse it can write on modern parchment, it will not work on historical parchment.
Notes for Care:
- This ink is alcohol based and therefore lacks typical viscosity as water based inks. It takes a little practice to use, but I find by draining the nib of your pen prior to inscription you can avoid most bleed as seen in the images.
- This item comes with about one fluid ounce of ink. The alcohol can evaporate over time thickening the ink. If you find this to be the case, you can add a small amount of isopropyl alcohol to thin it.
- This ink is incredibly durable. Once it’s on and dried it will be nearly impossible to remove without acetone. It has survived hundreds of forceful wipes with paper towels and over 30 sheathes of the sword without looking worn at all.
- Depending on the material of your sword or metal blade, this ink may or may not leave a light residue on the metal if removed. I have been able to remove this marking with the back end of a damp scotch-brite sponge.
For more information about why writing on the sword is called for opposed to engraving, see my blog article here.