Rohrer & Klingner Inks, Part 3

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This is part 3, the next 3 inks in the Rohrer & Klingner series. In this part, I introduce Helianthus, Königsblau, and Leipziger Schwarz.

Before that, let me just talk a little bit about the ink bottle design. I do rather like the Rohrer & Klinger ink bottle design as it is very simple, easy to grip in the hand, does not topple over easily, is weighted enough but not so much that it gets heavy. At the base of the bottle there are serrated marks to give it a little more grip when you set it on a surface. On the top, the aluminium cap screws firmly around the bottle enough to seal it, preventing leakages, but does not make it so tight to be difficult to open.



Helianthus • Sunflower • Tournesol • Girasole

The Helianthus is the sunflower, but it isn’t the German name of it. The German name for sunflower is “Sonnenblume”. I suppose this shade of yellow is as sunflowery as it can get, reflecting pretty well the actual colour of the petals of a Helianthus. I seldom explore bright colours, but I actually like this one very much. The yellow is bold and strong, and while it is vibrant and bright, it is not so pale to render the writing illegible. It may still be too bright for some of you, though.

I would not use this as an everyday ink for sure, but it would be nice to paint with this. Would I use this as an ink for highlighting? I am not so sure about that because I don’t feel that the yellow would provide enough contrast with the printed letters on a page. I prefer using a paler yellow for highlighting, if any.

I seldom find sheen in bright colours, and didn’t find any in this ink. The flow of ink is generous, but water resistance is really bad. Water turns the ink into an illegible yellow cloud.



Königsblau • Royal Blue • Bleu Royale • Blu Reale

Königsblau translates from German literally into “King’s blue”, which suggests that this ink would give a royal blue colour. My impression of royal blue is that it would be deep and strong, but this is not what Königsblau showed to me. Königsblau is more of a standard blue, although it differs from Blau Permanent, which I talked about a couple of days ago. With Königsblau, the blue contains an element of indigo and grey, being a little deeper overall than Blau Permanent. Compared to Königsblau, Blau Permanent has this bit of cyan to it.

Königsblau is not marked as a waterproof ink, and you can see that the ink fades away when it touched water. Interestingly though, the ink flows away quite cleanly, leaving a faint blue-grey mark on the paper with minimal “cloud” around it. With Blau Permanent, which was supposed to be a permanent blue, a cloud of ink could be seen around the ink spot when water is smeared on it.

Other than that, Königsblau is a nice blue which flows well, albeit slightly drier than the other R&K inks that I talked about so far. There is even the slightest hint of sheen in saturated parts of the ink swab.


R&K-Leipziger-schwarz-swabLeipziger Schwarz • Leipsician Black • Noire Leipscicien • Nero di Lipsia

Almost every ink series has their own version of black, and Rohrer & Klingner is not going to miss out on that. Schwarz means black in German, and I was not sure why the reference to Leipzig, a city in Germany, was made. The very first time I heard of Leipzig was when I was learning music, as Mozart was described to have travelled to that city.

Leipziger Schwarz is a very saturated black, although probably not the most saturated I have ever seen. It lays down a saturated, wet line while writing, so the words come out as black as black can be. The swab, though, shows a little less saturation, and you can see in some areas that there might be a very slight bluish tone to the ink. As we all know, blacks are never pure colours, but more like a mixture of colours, and I daresay there is some blue in this ink.

The water resistance, as you can see from the test, is not great. After contact with water, the saturated black ink smears almost fully away, leaving a messy cloud behind.

I hope you liked this part 3 of the Rohrer & Klingner ink series, and are ready for the giveaway! Out of the 3 inks, the Helianthus may not be a very practical ink to use everyday, but at least there are two other inks that are practical enough to be used for writing and making notes.

Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget below. Like Part 2, all I ask for is to leave a comment, and notify me by using the Rafflecopter widget and following its instructions. I have reinstated the optional entries for those who would like additional chances to win, especially if you haven’t won the last 2 times! This giveaway ends at midnight on 22 December, Singapore time (GMT+8).

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This giveaway was sponsored by Fook Hing Trading Co., but all opinions are my own.

28 Responses

  1. Peveril 23 December 2015 / 1:03 AM

    I really like that yellow! Though I can imagine it sitting in a pen for ages waiting for some reason to use it . . .

  2. Owen 22 December 2015 / 10:51 PM

    I’m digging the blue! Thanks for the review and giveaway!

  3. MarkyMark 22 December 2015 / 7:48 PM

    I love the Königsblau! It’s my favorite blue from this brand and I find it to be one that can be used in any setting, whether business or personal.

  4. hari 22 December 2015 / 3:45 PM

    The royal blue looks stunning!

  5. Cody H 22 December 2015 / 3:40 PM

    I’ve been looking for a nice wet black and I think this might be the one! I would love to try it!

  6. Kari 22 December 2015 / 3:31 PM

    Really love that bright yellow!

  7. Joe P. 22 December 2015 / 2:58 PM

    Would like to try the Royal Blue some day.

  8. rdcalhoon 22 December 2015 / 6:54 AM

    My favorite S&K ink is Scabiosa. Of these three, i am taken by the Helianthus, although the other two look quite useable.

  9. Michael E 22 December 2015 / 6:02 AM

    I’ve never tried this brand of ink. But, Helianthus is my favorite. It’s such a strong yellow.

    But, it’d be so impractical to use.

  10. Becold12 22 December 2015 / 5:25 AM

    Out of the R&K inks I’ve tired, my favorite would definitely be Smaragdrun, since it has large amounts of shading from a blueish color to a perfect jade.

  11. Miranda Gong 22 December 2015 / 12:18 AM

    The only other R&K ink I’ve tried is Alt-goldgrun but Helianthus looks very interesting!

  12. Michael Simon 22 December 2015 / 12:15 AM

    I like the deep yellow of Helianthus, but the other two don’t offer anything I could make as much use of.

  13. Wee How 21 December 2015 / 11:36 PM

    The yellow is the only colour that caught my eyes

  14. Alex 21 December 2015 / 11:29 PM

    I like this series of reviews! Thanks for the opportunity to win them.

  15. Mattia Miani 21 December 2015 / 10:05 PM

    Sunflower is uinique. I wonder why the black is named after the city.

  16. gytan 21 December 2015 / 9:07 PM

    The blue is really pretty!

  17. LT 21 December 2015 / 8:43 PM

    Helianthus certainly looks like a fun ink.

  18. katelynomeara 21 December 2015 / 7:17 PM

    That blue is lovely! I’ve never tried any R&K inks.

  19. stu elman 21 December 2015 / 7:07 PM

    These giveaways are getting much nicer as the days go on. I love how you are going over all of these R&K inks. I’d love to get one that’s black.

  20. J.A.M. 21 December 2015 / 6:45 PM

    I’ve only tried Alt-Goldgrun, but just based on pictures/reviews/properties, my favorite R&K ink is Scabiosa. I love burgundy and dusty purples and Scabiosa sounds like a very forgiving ink when it comes to paper. Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Marsie C. McLendon 21 December 2015 / 4:11 PM

    My favorite of these inks that I have seen is the Leipziger Schwarz (I love black inks!), followed by the Helianthus.

  22. mehandiratta 21 December 2015 / 3:39 PM

    I like helianthus a lot … i use it with my hero 5028 1.5 and 1.9 stub nib… love it…

  23. SanYong 21 December 2015 / 2:55 PM

    Love the leipziger Schwarz! Nice solid looking black 🙂

  24. BMK 21 December 2015 / 2:29 PM

    The black is nice but I think everyone has probably found their preferred version of it, for me that’s Kiwa Guro

    The blue looks kinda dusty, not my favourite.

    The yellow is nice and bright, almost highlighterish

  25. Yosef Ansarizadeh 21 December 2015 / 2:15 PM

    I think that the Leipziger Schwarz looks like a pretty nice black.

  26. DELively 21 December 2015 / 2:14 PM

    I’ve only tried three colors, but my favorite right now is Verdura. I like the bright green and the bit of shading it gets.

I would love to hear your thoughts!