Thursday, 15 August 2013

Vintage Sheaffer Skrip Blue Black ink resurrected

Legend has it that the inventor of Sheaffer’s Skrip ink conducted his experiments in his bedroom-turned-lab in Fort Madison, Iowa. These ink blots have now been painted over but the old Skrip bottles are still around. Sheaffer started producing Skrip in the 1920s or 30s and it still does today, albeit with a changed formula. This old Skrip bottle has got the distinctive blue and yellow label and the integrated inkwell.  It is probably from the 1950s I would guess and contains some remnants of dried ink. With a bit of water Sheaffer Skrip Blue-Black was resurrected. There is a moment where the ink is briefly blue - blink, and it has turned to black.

More ink resurrection here, here and here.

1 comment:

  1. I remember this ink well, it was my favourite in grade school. I recognize the label as well: 1970s or 80s I think.

    The modern formula isn't even close to this beauty, enjoy it!