VanSon rubber base ink equivalent

I want to revive the discussion about inks!
VanSon has been sold, their website is disabled. I find them now hard to find unless you want to pay premium price or need very large quantities.

I am used to working with rubber base VanSon. It has a great stickiness that helps the paper stay in place.
I have use it with linocuts as well and I liked the result.

What’s a great equivalent for rubber base? What inks do you use? Where to get them? Anyone makes their own ink using pigments?

I am looking to get more colors, and specialty colors: neons, metallics. I don’t need large quantities.

Canada:
- VanSon (in large quantities and special order) : www.veritivcorp.com
www.ernestgreen.com (do they sell in only 1 lbs can? or do we need to buy 4x 1 lbs?)
- Pigments: www.kamapigment.com

USA:
www.letterpressink.com
www.southern-ink.com
http://nagraph.com

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I have been using Gans ink in Anaheim California ask for Lori. They also build some special mix letterpress inks for us. They letterpress blends can be pricey but have a heavy pigment and high tack build. They make a snowwhite ( white ) I use for mixing. I also use soy inks from zipset.

For Rubber Base, Oil Base, mettalics
Call my friends at MixMasters Inc.
Lynn MA 781 593 3593
Tell em Ted from Artificer Press
Sent you

Ted —

Which ink from MixMasters do you use — Patriot, Classic or Ideal?

I’ve tried Southern, which I like printing with, but haven’t figured out mixing with — it’s a darker scale than Vanson. I’m not a fan of their 1# plastic cans, but their 8 oz metal cans are great.

I’ll throw one more mention in for Gans- really great ink.