Making a better impression

Letterpress printers no longer have to doctor inks intended for other uses, like lithography or etching. Instead they can choose our dedicated letterpress inks, tailor-made for wood engraving and all letterpress printing.

This is a range of interesting subtly toned blacks designed to give nuanced printed results. Their simple, traditional formulation of pigments, finely ground in linseed oil, is designed with optimum viscosity to avoid ‘ink squash’, yet achieve good paper penetration resulting in a smooth and rich print.

Cranfield-Traditonal-Letterpress-printmaking-inks

Colour swatch Product name Properties
Cranfield Traditional Letterpress Ink Carbon Black Cranfield Traditional Letterpress Ink Carbon Black
BKC 1826
Semi Opaque
PBk7 (C.I 77266) Furnace carbon black
Inorganic.
Cranfield Traditional Letterpress Ink Ivy Black Cranfield Traditional Letterpress Ink Ivy Black
BKC 1828
Semi Opaque
PBk7 (C.I 77266) Furnace carbon black | PG7 (C.I 74260) Polychlorinated copper phthalocyanine
Mixed Organic & Organic
Cranfield Traditional Letterpress Ink Seville Black Cranfield Traditional Letterpress Ink Seville Black
BKC 1829
Semi Opaque
PBk7 (C.I 77266) Furnace carbon black | PO34 (C.I 21115) Disazopyrazolone (diarylamide)
Mixed Organic & Organic
Cranfield Traditional Letterpress Ink Plum Black Cranfield Traditional Letterpress Ink Plum Black
BKC 1830
Semi Opaque
PBk7 (C.I 77266) Furnace carbon black | PR112 (C.I 12370) Monoazo Red (napthol)
Mixed Organic & Organic
Cranfield Traditional Letterpress Ink Midnight Black Cranfield Traditional Letterpress Ink Midnight Black
BKC 1831
Semi Opaque
PBk7 (C.I 77266) Furnace carbon black | PB1 (C.I 42595.1) PMTA Blue
Mixed Organic & Organic
Cranfield Traditional Letterpress Ink Graphite Cranfield Traditional Letterpress Ink Graphite
BKC 1832
Semi Opaque
PBk7 (C.I 77266) Furnace carbon black | PM1 (C.I 77000) Powdered Aluminium
Inorganic.

Traditional Letterpress Ink

Cranfield Traditional Letterpress Ink Carbon Black
Product name Properties
Additional Information

An un-toned mid-shade black. Made with
traditional Carbon Black pigment, PBk 7

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Traditional Letterpress Ink

Cranfield Traditional Letterpress Ink Ivy Black
Product name Properties
Additional Information

Black with a hint of cool, crisp Green. Made with traditional Carbon Black
and a hint of Phthalo Green, PG 7

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Traditional Letterpress Ink

Cranfield Traditional Letterpress Ink Seville Black
Product name Properties
Additional Information

Black with a hint of Citrus
A deep, intense orange-shade black
with a warm C.Itrus dimension. Made with
traditional carbon black and a hint
of Orange Pyrazolone, PO 13.

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Traditional Letterpress Ink

Cranfield Traditional Letterpress Ink Plum Black
Product name Properties
Additional Information

Black with a hint of deep red
A deep, rich, red-shade Black. Made with
traditional carbon black and a hint of
Rouge Rubis (Napthol Red) PR 112

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Traditional Letterpress Ink

Cranfield Traditional Letterpress Ink Midnight Black
Product name Properties
Additional Information

Black with a hint of deep blue
A cool, dense blue shade black. Made with
a hint of intense Victoria Blue, PB 62

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Traditional Letterpress Ink

Cranfield Traditional Letterpress Ink Graphite
Product name Properties
Additional Information

Black with a hint of silver
A soft, metallic-black with a lovely silver sheen.
Made with carbon black and a hint of opaque
metallic silver pigment to impart a unique ‘
lead penC.Il’ effect to the print.

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