Ink Review #805: Bookbinders Ground Rattler


Anderson Pens used to carry Bookbinders Snake ink so when they put them on clearance I picked up samples of each. I decided to tackle some grey inks this week, and Bookbinders Ground Rattler has been in my drawer for a while, so it’s time to take a look!


The color:

Ground Rattler is a very light, pale grey.



In large swabs the ink shows some of the blue undertone.


Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 10 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Low

Bleeding: None

Other properties: low shading, no sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in all nib sizes and had a little bit of bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:


Ground Rattler is much lighter than any of the other grey inks I have. It’s closest to PenBBS FDR (which I’ll review later this week). Click here to see the grey inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Pelikan M605 White Transparent with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, this ink is so light in writing that I find it unusable. I usually enjoy grey inks, but this one is a definite no for me.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.