Rohrer & Klingner Inks, Part 5

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Welcome to Part 5 of my Rohrer & Klingner giveaway! I hope you’ve enjoyed the series so far, and I’ve received many comments about the inks. It’s interesting to see everyone’s perspectives on their own favourite colours. I had initially thought that Alt-Goldgrün is the classic favourite, but it seems like other ink colours such as Helianthus (surprisingly), Salix, and Magenta were also mentioned! Let’s see if you like the colours being featured today…


R&K-Scabiosa-swabScabiosa • Scabiosa • Scabiosa • Scabiosa

Scabiosa is another iron gall ink, just like the Salix, which means that it is supposed to be rather permanent on paper. Scabiosa refers to a type of honeysuckle, with pretty, round flowers, and embellishments among the petals, making it look like a pincushion. It’s no wonder that they also call it the “pincushion flower”. When searching for Scabiosa, I came across mostly purple flowers, but there are some that are deep, brownish-red, just like the ink.

Scabiosa has a colour that I might associate with “liver”, but it inclines towards purple rather than brown. Just like Salix, the swab comes out a little lighter in shade, but when writing with it, you can see that it’s a deep, almost royal red-brown-purple colour. I do quite like how it came out in writing rather than the swab. This ink looks serious enough for writing at work, while the pinch of reddish brown makes it a little more special than the usual blue or black ink. Being rather permanent, it can be suitable for note-taking without worrying that you might lose the notes in a puddle of water. I say “rather”, because with the water resistance test, some pink still came out of the ink spot anyway, leaving most of the colour behind. It’s not as permanent as some other inks I’ve used before, such as the Noodler’s #41 brown.


R&K-Sepia-swabSepia • Sepia • Sepia • Seppia

Another serious-looking ink here, R&K Sepia is a very earthy brown, almost greyish. This surprised me a little, as sepia ink, which was commonly used as writing ink, was suppsed to be a reddish-brown colour. Sepia writing ink was usually derived from the ink sac of certain cuttlefish called Sepia. I don’t know where R&K got their Sepia ink from, but with their take on Sepia, I really don’t perceive it as reddish brown. Nevertheless, it is a very nice brown colour (on rare days when I go crazy about brown ink, this might be my go-to colour for writing).

As we were talking about permanent inks, I was surprised that Sepia, despite not being iron gall nor labelled with any special indication, is actually quite permanent! The water test only removed part of some grey and pink hues from the ink spot, but the ink spot itself looks like 99% of it remained after the infusion of water. Yet another ink suitable for writing with at work, looking serious enough, but adds some variety to usual colours.


R&K-Smaragdgrun-swabSmaragdgrün • Viridian Green • Verte émeraude • Smeraldo

I don’t know what exactly to feel about this ink. On one hand, it has a very attractive name, Smaragdgrün meaning “emerald green”. Yes indeed, this green has the colour of emerald, but the ink makers seemed to have made THE ink colour that I dislike very much. I don’t hate it so much not to use it, but it just doesn’t resonate with me. I used this ink in some writing samples before, and found that it was alright, but with a big swab like in the picture, it doesn’t look great to me.

Sorry, emerald green!

Smaragdgrün is overall a bright and cheerful colour, a nice change from the previous two, more serious-looking inks. While I might not use Smaragdgrün for daily work, the occasional notes or letters (informal types, of course) could contain this ink colour to make them look good.

Water resistance wise, Smaragdgrün is not really resistant, but actually performs rather well against water as compared to many of the other R&K inks. In any case, though, I would not count on this ink if being permanent is important to whatever I’m writing.

These inks are sponsored by Fook Hing Trading Co., which has started selling the Rohrer & Klingner inks this year. I’m glad for a chance to review them and give them away. All opinions are my own. To participate, join via the Rafflecopter widget below and leave a comment to tell me which of the above 3 inks is your favourite. This giveaway ends on 24 December 2015, at midnight Singapore time (GMT+8). All the best to you!
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34 Responses

  1. ppana 24 December 2015 / 6:24 PM


  2. epichartou 24 December 2015 / 5:40 PM

    I like the Scabiosa because it is a well behaved iron gal ink.

  3. Anna 24 December 2015 / 4:41 PM

    Scabiosa would be especially exciting to try. I actually grow the same deep blackened purple variety of flower you linked to in your post!

  4. Becold12 24 December 2015 / 5:57 AM

    Out of the 3 shown, my favorite would definitely be smaragdrün, since it has such a light color and some great shading.

  5. Peveril 24 December 2015 / 4:01 AM

    The Scabiosa looks most interesting to try, but that’s also a nice Sepia from the swab tedt.

  6. Michelle Suratos 24 December 2015 / 2:26 AM

    Leaning towards the serious inks in this group. I love brown inks so would really like to try the Sepia.

  7. Stephen 24 December 2015 / 1:20 AM

    Scabiosa is my favorite color.

  8. Dorothy 24 December 2015 / 1:02 AM

    My favourite R&K ink is still Alt Gold-grün

  9. rachkimberly 24 December 2015 / 12:51 AM

    Scabiosa would be my favourite ink of the lot! The colour has a nice depth to it and looks like it will shade well.

  10. Michael Simon 24 December 2015 / 12:12 AM

    While these are all colors I would use, sepia is the one most likely to get a permanent spot in my ink supply. I like having a dark, serious ink that still has a bit of unexpected look to it.

  11. Sharon A. 23 December 2015 / 11:32 PM

    Sepia is my favorite.

  12. buntyw 23 December 2015 / 10:32 PM


  13. Owen 23 December 2015 / 9:31 PM

    Sepia! I love brown inks!

  14. Ian G. 23 December 2015 / 9:27 PM

    Smaragdgrün is definitely my favorite.

  15. ashokdad 23 December 2015 / 9:18 PM

    Scabiosa is my favorite in this bunch

  16. Jay Tobia 23 December 2015 / 9:17 PM

    scabiosa looks great, I’m a sucker for a good iron gall ink!

  17. Daryl Goh 23 December 2015 / 7:15 PM

    Scaboisa us awesome.

  18. Tiffany Chang 23 December 2015 / 6:08 PM

    Verdigris is such a vibrant teal color, it’s by far my favorite R&K ink!

  19. katelynomeara 23 December 2015 / 5:26 PM

    I love the look of the turquoiseish green!

  20. Joe P. 23 December 2015 / 4:55 PM

    Scabiosa looks interesting.

  21. Alex 23 December 2015 / 3:48 PM

    Scabiosa would be my favorite. Thanks!

  22. Miranda Gong 23 December 2015 / 3:43 PM

    Sepia looks like the ideal color for sketching and drawing. It looks far closer to a true sepia than I’ve seen in other iterations.

  23. J.A.M. 23 December 2015 / 3:20 PM

    Omg I’ve been waiting for the Scabiosa part of this giveaway! And I actually love all the colors in the set very much! Scabiosa is my favorite but Sepia, though not a real sepia, is a very pleasant mature color and green is my favorite color, so Emerald Green also receives some love. Really crossing my fingers for this one!

    Thank you for the giveaway! I hope your holidays are going well!

  24. Cynthia 23 December 2015 / 2:58 PM

    Scabiosa is SUPER pretty! It looks like a deep shade of maroon, perfect color and it also has iron gall properties as well!

  25. rdcalhoon 23 December 2015 / 2:39 PM

    Scabiosa isn’t my favorite S&K ink. I do find the Sepia quite interesting.

  26. Diarek 23 December 2015 / 2:30 PM

    When I bought Scabiosa, I was using Noodler’s Black Swan in Australian Rose (long-ass name) and I prefer its lighter pink than Scabiosa’s darker shade. And I already use Salix for my formal stuffs so I dont have high opinion for Scabiosa, or rather a good use for it.
    Sepia looks nice enough on the sample, but I am wonder if I would like it as much when i actually use it. It does looks grey-ish enough and I always want to try out grey ink, so maybe for an impulsive buy later then.
    Viridian is..meh. I likes Alt-goldrun though

  27. BMK 23 December 2015 / 2:28 PM

    Scabiosa is a colour I could get behind

    Sepia not so much, I prefer Diamine’s take on it

  28. stu elman 23 December 2015 / 2:28 PM

    I have this green ink. I do agree that it’s not the best ink, but it does make for something different. It does stand out in my notes.

  29. Cody H 23 December 2015 / 2:10 PM

    That Sepia is really nice looking!

  30. EternalzPhoenix 23 December 2015 / 2:10 PM

    Scabiosa is really nice and practical, seems to shade well too! Sepia has good shading but is rather flat… Smaragdgrün… Doesn’t resonate with me either ><

  31. Yosef Ansarizadeh 23 December 2015 / 2:02 PM

    It would really be interesting to compare Rohrer and Klinger Sepia to my sample of Hakase Dark Sepia.

I would love to hear your thoughts!