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Rohrer & Klingner

Available in:

Sunflower, Morinda, Pernambuco, Magenta, Old Bordeaux, Solferino, Cassia, Royal Blue, Permanent Blue, Sea Blue, Verdigris, Vridian Green, Verdure, Old Golden Green, Sepia, Leipsician Black, Scabiosa (Iron/gall), Salix (Iron/gall)

I always enjoy coming across a different ink. When in Edmonton, Alberta last month I stopped by Stylus Pens and came across Rohrer & Klingner Ink. A brand I knew nothing about.

To be clear, the company produces a number of different types of ink: Caligraphy, Traditional, Drawing ink etc. The only ink you should be considered for your fountain pen is their Writing Ink line.

The ink for pens has been available in North American since 2006. Pen stores if they stock the ink, will typically stock writing ink, but if you are in an art supply supply store, the other lines could be available.

At the time of my first review (May 2012) in the United States, Pendemonium, JetPens and the Pear Tree Pen Company and in Canada, Stylus Fine Pens of Edmonton are listed as dealers. In Europe there are numerous pen stores listed stocking the product.

The company produces inks in 18 colours. The company says the inks are produced with inter alia modern raw materials, use high-class, brilliant colorants, specially treated water and minimal amounts of additives. This well-balanced composition, Rohrer Klingner says, gives optimal flow of the inks.

The inks come in a 50 ml bottle that is round an tall. Good for filling pens, and nicely stands in a briefcase. The glass of the bottle is brown. That is to protect the ink from light. I mention that as when I first opened the bottle I had thought I purchases a brown ink by mistake.




Rohrer & Kligner 






Salix - Klingner & Rhorer



Salix is one of the two iron gall writing inks made by Rohrer & Klingner. Iron gall ink is made from iron salts and tannic acids from vegetables. Nothing new here, it was the ink used in Europe between the 5th and 19th C. Historically, because of how the ink is formulated, it adheres firmly to parchment or vellum and would not be removed by rubbing or washing. But what we get today is not the historic iron gall ink of the past. The inks of today have small amounts of ferro-gallic optimized for fountain pen writing. From what I read, there is no concern in terms of how it impacts your fountain pen, although, numerous references -- unless left for long periods in a pen. So use, and then wash out the pen to store. I think a nice to to answer the question: Should I use an iron gall ink? Yes, as long as it is in a pen that you regularly use.

There is a gradual darkening of the ink as oxidation process takes place. The colour changing aspect varies dependent on the type of paper.

Iron gall inks have their unique chemistry. Other inks, such as pigmented inks, h ave tiny suspended solids in the ink that when left for long periods in the pen can remain in the feed.






While it has a delicate purple tone when you write, this iron gall ink darkens as it dry to a purple/grey/black ink. See my comments on iron gall inks above for Salix.

What I do like about the ink is the transformation to a blackish-purple. Easy on the eye. When I have a full page of writing, this is not a colour that I look back at and ask: why did I use that colour!






This is the colour in thew Rohner & Klingner line that I have been using the most. I like the particular tone of thew greeen. It is farily similar to some of the warm olive green inks like Salamander in the Diamine like that I have been using. Flow is good, the ink dries in a reasonable time. Thre is good performance from a variety of pens.

This is colour 40-530 in the Writing line of inks by Rohner & Klingner.