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…
Scabiosa • 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.
Sepia • 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.
Smaragdgrün • 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!