ink… help!

I need a little help in choosing a good ink for letterpress. I have a Craftsman 5 x 8 tabletop. I picked up some oil based ink from Daniel Smith designed for “letterpress” (or so they claim) which works ok. I do need to pick up some basic black ink and am wondering should I go with oil based or rubber based? I see on the VanSon website under letterpress inks they list Infinity Acrylic and Rubber based. Does anyone out there have a comment re those two?

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There are some very exhaustive discussions about this already on Briar Press, search for them and you’ll get a lot of information.

I used rubber based for a long time, because it doesn’t skin and dries much slower on press, but I’ve switched to oil because it dries by absorption and by evaporation so it will dry on glossy or smoother surfaces better and much faster.

They both print almost exactly the same, especially since I never leave ink on press overnight or even more than a couple hours while it’s running. I think the oil is a little bit thinner and smoother to mix. The rubber based inks were always really stiff to me. I got a good deal on some oil based inks, so that’s what I went with. You can mix them together, but it can be unpredictable. All metallic inks are oil based. I like, and have used Van Son inks for about 5 years.

I am a committed hobbyist and no where near some of our colleagues on this list in experience or ability. All that said, the Ink in Tubes fellow (you can find out more on this list) is perfect for the color selection, the amount, and the type (oil) for all my needs. Just my 2 cents.