Ink Review: PenBBS #153 Burning of White House 1874 Ink

Review by Laura Cameron

I wasn’t able to attend the DC Pen Show, but Ana was lovely and brought me a few goodies. One of these was a bottle of PenBBS #153, Burning of White House (60 mL, $16.00).

Burning of White House is a black ink with gold dust. The name comes from the burning of the White House in the War of 1812.

When I first opened the bottle, I forgot that PenBBS does wonderfully sparkly inks and I just swatched the ink on top of the bottle. The swatches were a nice black, but I couldn’t figure out what the big deal was. Then, as I was examining the bottle, I noticed the layer of gold on the bottom. WHOOPS! I gave the bottle a good shake and swatched a second time and there it was!

If you’re into sparkle and shine, I love the PenBBS because their particles are so fine. I’ve been using my Shark pen for the past few days and it hasn’t gotten clogged at all! I give the pen a good shake before I use it and I’m ready to go.






I find it a bit difficult to see much of the gold when I’m writing in my “normal” fashion, but what the camera doesn’t pick up is that there is a hint of sparkle here and there. Nothing like the ink blots or swatches, but a little something special.

I hope you’ll enjoy this one!

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