Rohrer & Klingner Inks, Part 6

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The days pass quickly and soon enough, the end of the giveaway series has come! Here is Part 6 of the ink series. It covers 3 inks – Solferino, Verdigris, Verdura, which also are the last 3 inks in the R&K series (and alphabetically too). When going through a series of colours like that, it is common to ask about favourites. I would say that I love all the inks, but maybe that sounds diplomatic. My colour preferences usually falls among magenta-pink-purple, and orange. I am disappointed that the R&K series doesn’t have a wonderful orange such as the Sailor Jentle Apricot, or J. Herbin Orange Indien, two orange inks that I like very much. Helianthus is the closest of the lot, but not a very practical ink for heavy use.

R&K does present a series of very attractive ink colours, so to force me to choose my top 3 favourites, I’ll go with (in no particular order): Alt-Goldgrün, for being so unique and special enough to make me like a green ink); Salix, for having that wonderful shade of dark blue and having other properties such as being semi-permanent; and Morinda, for being such a unique, earthy red colour which certainly interested me. I do surprise myself this time that I chose 3 colours not within my usual preferred colour ranges to be my favourites of the R&K series.

Now let’s cut back on the talk and dive right into the 3 remaining inks of the R&K series:


R&K-Solferino-swabSolferino • Solferino • Solferino • Solferino

I don’t know why, but the word “Solferino” makes me think of operas. Solferino is a village in northern Italy where a famous battle was fought, the Battle of Solferino. This was held in 1859 when French and Italian troops fought together against Austrian power, and won. In this same year, a dye was discovered and named after the place where it was found. This is how Solferino got its name.

Solferino is described by the Free Dictionary as “a moderate purplish-red colour”, which is pretty much the ink that we see in the swab. The ink colour actually looks like it has a lot more purple, some pink, and not so much red. It’s a striking and attention-grabbing colour, being very solid and bright. At the same time, the ink is wet and flows generously, even causing a little bit of feathering on this card where other inks usually don’t feather so much. Water resistance of Solferino is not great, as you can see the ink spot transformed into a cloud instead of being retained in the same place.


R&K-Verdigris-swabVerdigris • Verdigris • Vert-de-gris • Verdigris

If you observe copper, brass or bronze materials exposed to air for a long time, a green layer of “rust” forms over the surface. This colouration is referred to as “Verdigris”, which also means “green-grey” in Italian. I’ve never seen the original Verdigris colours, but I have seen full doors of brass, copper, or bronze turn into green after years of weathering. Those doors definitely have a lot of green in it, but Verdigris according to R&K has more of a dark blue-grey tone.

This makes for a very suitable ink for formal writing as the colour is dark and serious. It does not appeal to me that much personally, but maybe some of you out there might like it. Water resistance is pretty poor for this one, as there is hardly anything left on the paper after contact with water.


R&K-Verdura-swabVerdura • Verdure • Verdure • Verdura

Finally, we are at the last ink of the series, Verdura. Verdura is a river in Southern Sicily. It seems that many of the R&K inks have Italian references as well. Verdura is a bright green colour, and quite a “middle” green I would call it. I say “middle” green in the sense that it is neither very earthy nor very artificial, neither too dull not too neon-bright, neither too dark nor too light. It’s not a green that has too much or too little blue in it. It’s really quite a green that is in the middle of everything a green could be. Green is not my favourite colour, and Verdura is a little too green for my liking.

This ink is not water resistant at all and the flow can be a little intermittent on a dip pen nib without a reservoir.

My gratitude goes to Fook Hing Trading Co. for sponsoring these inks (all of the 18 colours), and also to you, my readers, for checking back each day to participate in the giveaway. If you’ve won something, congratulations! If you haven’t, I hope you’ll have better luck next time (hoping to organize more giveaways here, so do check back once in a while) and I hope you enjoyed my ink series as much as I enjoyed them! Below is the Rafflecopter widget for the final giveaway of the year.

Stay tuned for my 12 days of Christmas guest post series that start tomorrow! I wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May 2016 bring more fountain pens, inks, and good paper to all of you!

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36 Responses

  1. JennieA 25 December 2015 / 11:20 PM

    These inks are just beautiful!

  2. Michelle Suratos 25 December 2015 / 11:18 PM

    My favorite so far is Alt-Goldgrun.

  3. Hana 25 December 2015 / 11:17 PM

    My favorite is Verdura, followed by Helianthus.

  4. srokshin 25 December 2015 / 6:34 PM

    I have a weakness for purples and burgundies. My favourite R&K inks are Alt Bordeaux and Magenta.

  5. deacondavid 25 December 2015 / 4:30 PM

    I’m a big fan of greens and also seek out maroon colored inks (school color where I work). Alt-Bordeaux and Verdura are both nice, but the green wins by a hair. Thanks for the overview and the contests!

  6. xylian13 25 December 2015 / 4:21 PM

    My favorite is Smaragdgrün!

  7. Tiffany Chang 25 December 2015 / 3:29 PM

    Yup, after reading your reviews, verdigris is still by far the most want-to-try color in the R&K line! That teal is breathtaking!

  8. Charles 25 December 2015 / 3:08 PM

    I like verdigris the most out of these.

  9. rdcalhoon 25 December 2015 / 2:11 PM

    My favorite R&K ink is Scabiosa. Of these three I’d most like to try Verdigris. Thanks for the chance.

  10. captaingroovy 25 December 2015 / 1:38 PM

    I like Iron Gall inks and Rohrer & Klingner offer two fountain pen friendly IG ink Scabiosa and Salix. Besides R & K Iron Gall inks they also have a some very interesting dye based inks and Verdigris which is sort of a dark blue with green hidden in is a great color to use especially with a wet writing broad nib on good paper because of the way it shades.

  11. Owen 25 December 2015 / 1:35 PM

    Verdigris looks awesome, that’s my choice!

  12. Molly Holle 25 December 2015 / 1:31 PM

    I’ve always like writing with a green ink. I’ve been using Noodler’s Dr. Zhivago for a while, but I like how bright Verdura is!

  13. ng kok leong 25 December 2015 / 1:27 PM

    I like solferino

  14. Jasmine 25 December 2015 / 12:43 PM

    Being pretty new to fps, im always amazed at there is a huge variety of inks there. (Im pretty sure that this facination will last).

    The three inks mentioned in this post are extremely unique. Out of the three, verdigris impresses me the most. (Well, im a huge fan of blue blacks, in fp or not.) I find it interesting that ink from a single bottle is able to produce different shades. The other two inks are pretty too; not too bright for their colour.

    Would definately love to get my hands on them.

  15. gytan 25 December 2015 / 11:33 AM

    Verdigris is really pretty!

  16. Ryan Elijah Martin Ang 25 December 2015 / 11:29 AM

    I just got Verdigris for my brother for Christmas and he loves it! I was infinitely tempted to keep it for myself too. Verdura, surprisingly, looks like a very usable ink, for a green.

  17. fehim 25 December 2015 / 8:19 AM

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. Anna 25 December 2015 / 4:11 AM

    Verdura looks pleasantly lush and soothing. And Verdigris attracts me with a quiet dignity. I do wish it had a tad more green to it, though. Thank you for the intro to these inks and the giveaway!

  19. Joe P. 24 December 2015 / 11:57 PM

    Verdigris looks nice

  20. Alex 24 December 2015 / 11:49 PM

    I like the Verdura. Thanks for the opportunity!

  21. Jay Tobia 24 December 2015 / 11:48 PM

    Verdigris looms great- looks like it could be good for note taking

  22. Miranda Gong 24 December 2015 / 11:36 PM

    I love the look of Verdigris!

  23. LT 24 December 2015 / 9:59 PM

    My 6 year old son loves all things green, so Verdura gets my vote out of this batch.

  24. Becold12 24 December 2015 / 9:51 PM

    I have a weakness for blue inks, and verdigris is no exception.

  25. Michael Simon 24 December 2015 / 9:46 PM

    Of these three Verdigris is the one I would be likely to use.

  26. Yosef Ansarizadeh 24 December 2015 / 9:39 PM

    I think that Verdigris looks pretty similar to Shin-Kai, which is great considering the generally low price of R&K inks. I’m definitely a fan of the blue-black,

  27. Papish 24 December 2015 / 9:25 PM

    Love Alt Goldgrun and Sepia 🙂

  28. Ian G. 24 December 2015 / 9:03 PM

    Verdura is actually a very beautiful green, and would be a great addition to any collection.

  29. Chia Jin Wen Zachary 24 December 2015 / 7:07 PM

    solferino looks like it would be a match for the pelikan m200 amethyst
    looks nice too

  30. J.A.M. 24 December 2015 / 6:10 PM

    After seeing all your reviews, my favorite is still Scabiosa, but I have a better appreciation for Magenta, Salix and Alt-Goldgrun. Among these colors, I love Solferino the best and the other two are close seconds. Thank you for the giveaways and the wonderful detailed reviews of the R&K inks. I really appreciate your diligence and just general high quality. Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

  31. SanYong 24 December 2015 / 5:59 PM

    Verdura is quite nice! Too bad it ain’t that water resistant 🙁

  32. buntyw 24 December 2015 / 5:23 PM

    I love Verdura

  33. stu elman 24 December 2015 / 5:22 PM

    My favorite color has to be the burgundy, or wine color inks. I’m not a great fan of the reds, but the mix of the black and red had a deep earthy color that I like.

  34. Daryl Goh 24 December 2015 / 5:20 PM


  35. Wee How 24 December 2015 / 5:03 PM

    Solferino and Verdura are really pretty

I would love to hear your thoughts!