on saleDe Atramentis Document Ink Urban Grey - 45ml Bottled Ink

Product Code DA9902

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on saleDe Atramentis Document Ink Urban Grey - 45ml Bottled Ink

Product Code DA9902

In Stock

out of stock

45ml Bottle

De Atramentis fountain pen inks are exclusively handmade in Germany by Dr. Franz-Josef Jansen, and comes in a 45ml glass bottle. This pigmented grey ink is part of the Document series and is permanent and waterproof.

All of the inks in the Document series can be mixed together to create a unique waterproof color. Great for sketching with fountain pens!

Note: De Atramentis is in the process of changing their bottled ink lids. What is pictured might differ from what you receive. We cannot honor special requests.

De Atramentis
Bottled Ink
Bottle Material
Bottle Opening Diameter
18.5mm (0.73in)
Fast Drying

Whether or not the ink contains glittery particles.

Freeze Resistant

Whether or not an ink is specially formulated to better withstand freezing temperatures.

Iron Gall

Ink made from iron salts and tannic acids. Though quite permanent and waterproof, these inks are typically known for causing chemical corrosion to metal pen parts (especially the nib) and should be used sparingly or with less-valuable pens.


Whether or not an ink is specially formulated to increase flow in your pen.


Whether or not the ink contains finely-ground solid particles in liquid suspension.

Water Resistant

Whether or not the ink, once dried on the paper, will resist being washed away with water.


Customer Reviews

Based on 16 reviews

I really liked the colour of this ink on paper, but haven't been using it much. Whatever the darker component is, it separates out in the bottle and in the pen, which results in the colour coming out super light and watery with occasional darker clumps. Very disappointing because it is a nice, warm grey and very waterproof. I was looking forward to sketching with this one, but it's just too frustrating to use.

A great gray

Flows well, looks great.

Leslie T.
Reliable and Warm Gray Waterproof Ink

I have been using Noodler's Lexington Gray for work with watercolor sketching but find that it is not waterproof on all papers (In all fairness, the LG label says that it's only for cellulose content paper, though that does not cover all cellulose in my experience). This DA gray is best for all papers and tends to be a bit warmer. I will continue to use both inks but will always use this ink with any papers that have cotton content.

A good choice to vary standard colors

I like to use this ink when black ink seems too bold, and when I am tired with blue-blacks. It flows nicely, doesn't fade, is water resistant, and on some papers looks like a dark graphite. It is dark enough to be easy to read, and light enough that it is a nice contrast to black.

Perfect ink for sketching

De Atramentis can be a little hard to find so I'm happy Goulet keeps it in stock! This ink doesn't have the flare and fun as others but it's a workhorse. Serious water resistance and they mean resistance, no smearing. I prefer this one to the Regular Gray of theirs as it has a nicer, warmer hue. This ink may be on the drier side but that also is a benefit in using it for sketching.

FAQs about Bottled Ink

Which pens can accept this ink? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Any of these fountain pens will work with bottled ink. Typically, as long as the pen can be filled with a converter, has a built-in filling mechanism like a piston, or can be eyedropper-filled, it can accept bottled ink.

What is shading, sheening, or shimmering ink? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Shading - A common (and often desired) result of a fountain pen ink pooling in certain parts of a letter when writing, so that the color and saturation of the ink appears different within a single letter or word. This characteristic cannot be achieved with ballpoint or rollerball pens and is a very appealing aspect of fountain pen use for those particularly drawn to all the pretty ink colors.

Sheen - Characteristic of a fountain pen ink where when ink pools another color can be seen on top of the ink, especially when looked at in different light angles using certain paper types. There is no way to guarantee an ink will sheen, but using a larger nib on a pen will help obtain sheening results in your writing.

Shimmering - Fountain pen ink that has small particles of glitter mixed in.

Is shimmering ink safe to use in fountain pens? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Yes! Shimmering ink is a great way to add some flare to your writing. We have found that a larger nib will showcase more shimmering particles while writing, but you can use any nib size and shimmering ink. All the ink we sell is safe for use in fountain pens.

You can learn more in our blog: How to Write with Shimmering Ink.

My ink smells funny, is it safe to use? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Generally yes! Ink does not smell good- it usually has a chemical smell, along with other scents such as sulfur, rubber, chemicals or even paint. However, as long as you’re not seeing anything floating in the ink, it should be safe to use.

It’s cold and my ink froze; is it safe to use? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Yes, frozen ink will not hurt your pen (after it’s thawed of course!) The issue with ink freezing is primarily a concern because certain glass bottles could break as the water-based ink expands, and then you’d have a mess!

What is your return policy for bottled ink? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

We do not accept returns for ink that has been used. Otherwise, we accept returns on unused ink products for up to 30 days from purchase. You can read all our Return Policies here.

To initiate a return, please submit a request at the Return Portal. Our Customer Care team might reach out to you for more information.