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Rohrer & Klingner

Available in the following colours:

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)

To be clear, the company produces a number of different types of ink: Caligraphy, Traditional, Drawing ink etc. The only ink you should consider 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 back in 2012 I had to order my ink from the United States. In Canada Stylus Fine Pens of Edmonton also stocked the ink. In Europe there are numerous pen stores listed stocking the product.


Rohrer & Kligner 


The company produces inks in 18 colours. The promotiional information indicates 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 their ink optimal flow.

The inks come in a 50 ml bottle that is round and tall. This is a good basic design for ease in filling pens. The compact bottle nicely fits within a briefcase. The bottle is made our of brown glass to protect the ink from light.


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 the Rohner & Klingner line that I use the most. I like the particular tone of the green. It is some what similar to some of the warm olive green inks like Salamander in the Diamine. Flow is good, the ink dries in a reasonable time. Thre is good performance using a variety of pens. This is colour 40-530 in the Writing line of inks by Rohner & Klingner.



Rohrer-Klingner Alt-Bordeaux


As I continue to explore burgundy colour-tone inks, I was looking forward to trying out Rohrer & Klingner's Alt-Bordeaux. The company, located in Germany makes excellente quality inks. Alt-Bordeaux is a wine-tone ink, with no brown tones, as are found in some the Bordeaux colours. The ink has a reasonable wet flow and comes across as a lighter toned ink. If this ink has to lean to any other colour, it has a bit of a purple look.

In terms of outher brands, this ink is close in colour to Private Reserve Arabian Rose and a deeper shade of colour than Noodler's Black Swan.