[Histonet] Rotring ink for marking arteries and veins

louise renton louise_renton <@t> hotmail.com
Fri Dec 12 05:05:43 CST 2003

Rotring ink was extensively used for  fine line drawing and by 
draughtsmen(women) before the advent of CAD/CAM systems. It is probably 
based on an indian ink formula*, but has some other sticky  vehicle in it  
in it that would clog up the fine pens used if they were not cleaned 
properly. I used to use  my sister's one for tracing drawings, and woe 
betide me if I gummed up the pens!
*indian ink, originally a mixture of carbon black and shellac, is, if 
translated from the French, Chinese
ink. They were probably the first to use it.

Louise Renton
Bone Research Unit
South Africa
Tel & fax +27 11 717 2298
"Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana"

----Original Message Follows----
From: "Sarah Jones" <SJones <@t> cvm.tamu.edu>
To: <histonet <@t> pathology.swmed.edu>
Subject: [Histonet] Rotring ink for marking arteries and veins
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2003 15:44:38 -0600

Hello Netters,
   I had a researcher come in and ask about Rotring ink.  It was used in
a procedure to inject and mark the arteries and veins with different
colors.  I know Polysciences has the Batson's Anatomical Corrosion Kit.
I spoke to Pam Marcum at Polysciences and she said the Batson's is not
Rotring ink.  She thought Rotring ink may be a tattoo ink.  Does anyone
know what Rotring ink is, where it can be purchased, and how it would be
diluted to inject into the vessels?
Thanks, Sarah

Sarah Jones HT(ASCP)
Dept. of Vet. Anatomy & Public Health
Histology Lab
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-4458
phone: 979-845-3177
fax:  979-458-3499

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