I hope you liked the first part of the Rohrer & Klingner Ink series. Today we have the next 3 inks in alphabetical order, being Blu Mare, Cassia, and Fernambuk.
Rohrer & Klingner ink bottles are made of amber-coloured glass with an aluminium screw cap. The reason why some ink suppliers like to fill their inks in amber glass is that some inks may be photosensitive, which means that they might degrade or change in colour over time, when exposed to light. It usually isn’t as bad as it sounds, but if you are very particular about it, just don’t store your inks under bright sunlight and you would do just fine.
Blu Mare • Sea Bluish • Bleu Marin • Blu Mare
I get a little confused over the naming of the Rohrer & Klingner inks at times. Here we have Blu Mare, which sounds like Italian for “blue sea”. But maybe a name is just a name.
Blu Mare is a delightful cyan, a very bright and attention-grabbing colour. I would associate the colour to some of the gel pens we used during high school days to write girly notes to one another. In a more picturesque manner, I might just associate this blue with the colour of the sea in Sardinia, a beautiful Italian island that I would love to visit. Not so much of turquoise as the waters there might be, but close enough. In terms of sea blues, this is very far from the Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-kai which is a deep, greyish blue of the inner depths of a rocky sea. Blu Mare looks more like the shallower areas of a sea that has pristine white sand. What different blues the sea can give!
Blu Mare is a medium wet ink that seems to give some shading, but low to moderate. It flows well but has very little water resistance. The blue colour disappears easily after contact with water.
Cassia • Cassia • Cassia • Cassia
It is interesting that “Cassia” is spelt the same in English, German, French and Italian. I looked it up and the word seemed to have originated from Hebrew. Knowing that the Cassia is a flower, I looked it up again in image searches, and could only find the yellow version. I was confused, so I searched “purple cassia”, and what a wonderful picture of a tree with purple flowers I saw! But I am not completely sure that it is cassia, so I have no idea what this purple ink is pointing to. It is not always clear where the colours of the inks in the R&K series are pointing to, unlike those in the Iroshizuku series.
Nevertheless, it is the colour of a deep, royal purple. Rohrer & Klingner Cassia is a wet ink that flows generously, very saturated, very solid. It is unfortunate that it has such low resistance to water, seeing how the ink spot spreads out and away after touching water.
Fernambuk • Pernambuco • Pernambouque • Pernambuco
This is a red ink which calls to the mind jellybeans, so I secretly name it “jellybean red” in my own head. It is red with a touch of hot pink, making it look very sweet. Fernambuk, or pernambuco, is actually a type of wood from the tree that bears the name of an entire state in Brazil (Pernambuco). The wood itself is sometimes called “Brazilwood”. Pernambuco wood is a reddish-brown wood commonly used to make the bows of stringed instruments such as violins and cellos. The colour of the wood is far from this sweet colour of the Fernambuk ink, so in order to understand why Fernambuk ink is red, I have dug a little deeper.
According to the Wood Database, the Portuguese who discovered the pernambuco tree in South America also found out that the wood yields a red dye. The red dye, I found out later, can be used to dye fabrics and yarn to yield a variety of colours. I read on Wild Colours that:
Brazilwood is sensitive to the pH of the water; acids (vinegar or citric acid) will make the colour more orange and alkalis (soda ash) will give you blue reds and purples. Brazilwood is also sensitive to iron; a pinch of iron will turn brazilwood towards lavender.
Being a chemist, that interested me quite a bit too. Now I am wondering if R&K made Fernambuk with the dye of the trees themselves or not!
Fernambuk is another inks that flows very well, but not quite as wet as the previous inks. It isn’t that much on the dry side, either. There is no sheen and water resistance is very low, just like Blu Mare, where the ink spot virtually disappears after mixing with water.
I hope you liked the post! Once again, this Rohrer & Klingner ink series and giveaway is possible thanks to the generous sponsorship of Fook Hing Trading Co. All opinions are mine.
To join in the giveaway, I’ll make it simpler this time (since I’m a lazy person myself) and just request that you leave a comment on your thoughts about the above 3 inks. However, please still use the Rafflecopter widget to join, as it would help me to contact you if you win the inks!
This giveaway ends at the end of 20 December 2015, Singapore time (GMT+8). Good luck!