Rohrer & Klingner Leipzig Co. was a cooperation between Johann Adolf Rohrer and Felix Arthur Klingner in 1907, in the German city Leipzig. The company specializes in making inks using natural materials and methods, and today, already the fifth generation of employees are keeping the company running.
Rohrer & Klingner produces 2 kinds of inks which are safe to use with fountain pens: writing ink and document ink. Many of their other ink types are pigmented inks, and not likely suitable for fountain pens. In this new series of ink introduction, I’ll be talking about the writing inks that come in 18 different colours, and I will run through them in alphabetical order. As this is just an overview, I am not going into the depth of the ink, but just providing a description of each ink and my own thoughts of each.
I’d like to extend my thanks to Fook Hing Trading Co. for generously sponsoring me this entire set of inks to showcase on OFP. As usual, all opinions here are my own.
Alt-Bordeaux • Old Bordeaux • Bordeaux Vieux • Bordeaux Antico
This ink is reminiscent of wine, and judging by the name given to it, it is not surprising why they named this ink as such. Bordeaux is a region in France most famous for its vineyards, and those of us who drink wine would most definitely have heard of Bordeaux wine. Alt-Bordeaux ink on its own, being a dark colour, looks like rich wine in the glass bottle itself.
When swabbed, you can see the colour hues falling somewhere among red, pink, and magenta. I felt that this is quite a special one, as the colour of the dried ink looks like muted wine stain. “Alt” is a German word meaning “old”. Indeed, the colour of the ink resembles old wine stained on paper.
Alt-Bordeaux flows well (moderately wet) but has medium-low water resistance. There is still the original ink spot visible after my water-resistance test, but faint.
Alt-Goldgrün • Old Golden Green • Vert d’Or Vieux • Verde d’Oro Antico
Alt-Goldgrün is another special ink, one which I feel is the most interesting of all the Rohrer & Klingner inks. This time, despite having an “alt” meaning old, this ink looks far from muted. It is a rather bright, almost-apple-green-but-not-quite-there colour. The first image that comes to my mind when I see this ink is apples mixed with brown, fallen leaves. It is not as bright as apple green, but the amount of muting does not dampen its vibrance too much.
What is special about this ink is the way it separates into golden-green and a darker, almost blue-green component. When I clean my nib on an absorbent tissue paper, the ink spreads out and separates into the distinct colours. Many inks do separate on tissue paper, but this is the most distinct separation I have encountered so far.
The ink flows well too, but water resistance cannot be counted on – almost all the ink washed off, leaving a pale brownish spot on the round label.
Blau Permanent • Permanent Blue • Bleu Permanent • Blue Permanente
Despite its name, this blue ink is not really a permanent ink, nor is it a document ink, nor is it a pigmented or iron-gall ink. Despite it being non-permanent, I found that the water resistance of Blau Permanent surpasses all the other blue inks in the Rohrer & Klingner. A significant portion of the blue ink is retained on the paper after the water resistance test, so one could imagine that our handwriting can still be preserved if we drop our notebook into the sea or the sink. And the reason I am saying that it is not permanent, is because you can still see some bleeding of the ink colour after the water interacts with it. Permanent inks should not show bleeding!
This blue is a standard medium blue, reminding me of Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuyu-kusa, but both inks have their own characteristics. Blau Permanent is a more settled, quieter blue, while Tsuyu-kusa is a little brighter. When observed under bright light, Blau Permanent shows a hint of purplish shading at the edges of each stroke, which you might delight in when using the ink in a pen with generous ink flow.
Rohrer & Klingner has 18 inks in total, and today I reviewed the first 3 of the range. I hope you enjoyed it so far, and stay tuned for the other ink colours that are coming out soon. Each day, after reviewing the 3 inks of the day, I will be giving away the 3 inks that I have reviewed in the post to a lucky reader.
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