It’s not often we get to completely surprise our Ink Drop members these days, but we managed to pull it off this month! This month features Scribal Work Shop’s line of Cryptid inks, which consists of 5 colors all themed after mythical creatures. These include Kraken, Leviathan, Nessie, Siren, and Zhulong. The inks are conventional fountain pen inks that are made by chemist Lucas Tucker, an alumnus of Virginia Tech. He was actually in school around the same time as Rachel and me, as well as other Hokies on our team!

Lucas has an interesting story about starting his company, and you can read about all that here. The main theme of his story is that he wants to be independent, an entrepreneur, and we can certainly appreciate that! He reached out to us about his inks and after I tried them for myself, I saw that he had a pretty decent thing going. As I sat there with swabs that I made of all 5 of his ink colors, it occurred to me that his nice palette of colors would be perfect as a surprise Ink Drop theme! We normally have to plan out our Ink Drop far in advance, but we had an opportunity to create this month’s Drop as all Scribal Work Shop and it was just too exciting to pass up. I know Lucas is really excited at the opportunity to have so many members of the fountain pen community trying his ink at the same time as well, and it will be a great opportunity for him and his company to become known.

Here are the Scribal Work Shop Cryptid inks that we featured in this month’s Ink Drop:


This is a deep black ink, with very little shading. The Kraken was a many tentacled beast known for sinking ships and killing sailors. The accounts of the Kraken is considered by many to be maritime descriptions of giant squid.


This is a green ink. a The Leviathan is mentioned most notably in the book of Job. Believed by some to be a giant crocodile, and by others a giant multiheaded water dwelling beast.


This is one of the more pleasant purples I’ve seen lately, fairly dark and subdued. Nessie, or the Loch Ness monster is probably one of the most famous Cryptids, believed to be a giant dinosaur like beast that lives in Loch Ness in Scotland.


This is a medium-dark blue ink. Sirens were beautiful women, sometimes half bird, sometimes half fish or serpent, who drew sailors to their deaths with their enchanting music.


This is a true red ink. Zhulong is a mythological red dragon with a human face known in China to be responsible for the day and the night.

***We found that some of our Zhulong ink had mold growth in it that developed after the Ink Drop had been prepared and shipped out. We haven’t heard from anyone that’s received a sample that it has been a problem. If you do notice anything wrong with your Zhulong sample, let us know by sending an email to us, and we will make it right for you. I’ve talked to Lucas about why this has happened, and he explained that red dyes are more susceptible to these kind of issues, and he’s going to use a stronger biocide in this ink moving forward. We won’t have any bottles or samples of Zhulong for sale for the next several weeks as a result. I’ll keep you up to date as I learn more. 

We’re excited about Scribal Work Shop, and glad that we are still able to keep Ink Drop members on their toes. These colors are all very nice, the ink is well-behaved, and rather affordable. A 2-ounce/60ml bottle will retail for only $8, so this ink is sure to be one the fountain pen world will notice. What do you think?

Write On,
Brian Goulet