The History of Ink Goes Back to 23rd Century BC

The history of inks can goes back to the 23rd century BC. Ink is a liquid or paste that comprises of pigments or dyes and is employed to color a surface to create an image, text, or design. Ink is generally employed for drawing or writing with a pen, brush, or quill. On the other hand, hicker inks in the paste form are employedwidely in letterpress and lithographic printing.Composed of solvents, pigments, dyes, resins, lubricants, solubilizes, surfactants, particulate material, fluoresces, and other materials, theink can be a complex medium.

Ink formulas arediverging, but commonly include four components:

·      Colorants

·      Vehicles (binders)

·      Additives

·      Carrier substances

Inks are generally falling into four classes:

·      Aqueous

·      Liquid

·      Paste

·      Powder

The history of ink

If historians are to be believed, both the ancient Egyptians and the Chinese have developed ink at approximately the same time around 2500. B.C.Most of the ancient cultures around the world have stronglydetermined and framed inks for the purposes of writing and drawing.Chinese used fine particles of carbon called lampblack for the colorant, and gums or glues were the vehicles. In fact, the requirement for ink arose at the same time that art had emerged from cutting into stone and a more fluid medium than an carve was needed.

The introduction of indelible ink

With the introduction of inks, people started using them but one of the disadvantages of using the inks was they can be easily removed. Keeping in mind the requirement, indelible ink was introduced.Indelible means “un-removable”. A number of countries such asIndia, Mexico, Indonesia, Malaysia and so on have been using indelible ink in the form of electoral stain to avoid electoral fraud. Once the ink is placed in the finger, it becomes almost impossible to remove. 

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