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Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa


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#1 dandelion

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Posted 13 August 2009 - 09:43

This ink will absolutely be one of my regular inks - it has excellent properties, is waterproof, non-gushing, nice flow and an original colour.
Unfortunately the scans is somewhat pale (I didn't manage to adjust them) so it looks like the ink/pens skips here and there, but that is actually not the case - this ink has a very good - if somewhat dryish - flow. I prefer inks that are on the dry side - maybe my pens are wet writers - to wettish/gushing inks. The nib creep with this ink is nonexistent.


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The flower Scabiosa. The ink doesn't have this bright, more lilac colour, but it is a beautiful flower.
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#2 saintsimon

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Posted 13 August 2009 - 14:13

Thanks for the excellent review. I too like this unusual colour and the iron gall properties of non-feathering and quick drying. It is the only available non-blue or non-blackish colour among iron galls.

But keep it out of sunlight, because it might fade.

Edited by saintsimon, 13 August 2009 - 14:15.


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Posted 13 August 2009 - 17:54

Thanks +1. I've had this on my "maybe" list for quite some time. Thanks to your review it will get moved to the "next purchase" list. I like it!

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Posted 13 August 2009 - 23:34

Thank you very much for your review!
I like the color very much - and your Scabiosa :clap1:

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 03:18

+1 for thanks. Love this colour.
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Posted 14 August 2009 - 03:41

+1 -- a good review, a good scan (on my monitor at least), and a good ink.
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Posted 14 August 2009 - 10:49

Very nice review and ink. As Saint Simon says, some color in modern iron-gall based inks. Thank you.

#8 dandelion

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 15:24

Thanks for the excellent review. I too like this unusual colour and the iron gall properties of non-feathering and quick drying. It is the only available non-blue or non-blackish colour among iron galls.

But keep it out of sunlight, because it might fade.


Thanks, SaintSimon - I had no idea that it is so prone to fading. When journalling that would usually not cause a problem - not that much sun exposure - but for other things it is good to know. This has quickly turned into a real fave. The colour is very good for margin notes and notes. It doesn't stand out from the paper like a red, but it is still easy to distinguish from black print, and also mute enough being a good note, journalling, letter writing ink. I'm very curious on their Salix ink which I hope to try soon. I must say that R&K shares the throne with Diamine right now.
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Posted 17 August 2009 - 15:30

Hi Dandelion,
Can you test your ink's light-fastness? Just hang a written sample in the sunshine for a few days and see if any changes occur. If you have a bulletproof ink for comparison, write on the test page with that , too. I'd love to hear if the original finding was reproducible.
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Posted 18 August 2009 - 03:09

I'm very curious on their Salix ink which I hope to try soon.


Salix is lovely; it is currently my favorite ink.
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Posted 09 October 2009 - 19:48

Thanks to Ondina, I've just got my hands on a bottle of Scabiosa - what a super colour! I was recently made a convert to Waterman Violet - which I still like, mind you, but Scabiosa is such a classy ink - I won't have any hesitation at all in using this in the office. It writes so well in my big-nibbed pens but I can also see from the note Ondina enclosed with my ink that it writes very well indeed in a finer nibbed pen too. (of course it helps when your writing is as full of elegant swoops and tails as hers!! ;))

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Posted 09 October 2009 - 22:57

Just bought a bottle after reading this review, and after a long desire. Very satisfied, especially in a slightly wetter pen. Lovely replacement for my 11:1 Violet VotexOMB.

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Posted 10 October 2009 - 05:53

How does this ink oxidize overtime compared to the traditional blue black iron gall inks. Does it become blacker, or a darker purple? I think part of the fun with iron gall inks is watching them oxidize so am very curious to know how Scabiosa oxidizes, thanks!
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Posted 10 October 2009 - 16:09

How does this ink oxidize overtime compared to the traditional blue black iron gall inks. Does it become blacker, or a darker purple? I think part of the fun with iron gall inks is watching them oxidize so am very curious to know how Scabiosa oxidizes, thanks!


I've been waiting on doing a review (I've only had the ink a week) so I can see how it does. I'll post one soon.

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 21:13

Love your avatar, Will! So sweet is love...

But I had a "potentially harmful software" notice pop up when I went to your site. What gives?

Edited by Robert Hughes, 13 October 2009 - 21:14.

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 05:00

I just received Scabiosa via the Writing Desk in the UK. To me, it looks like a less saturated version of J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune. It is also the driest ink I've got, but that's not really a problem because I have it in my wettest pens (a binderized Pelikan M200 and a vintage Conklin Endura with a wet noodle Toledo nib). Really nice color and shading with this ink. I also really like how it puts a nice edge on copperplate script.

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 11:38

Great review, thanks.
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Posted 28 January 2010 - 14:38

Thanks for the great review, photo, blog, and reading list.

R&K is not readily available here in the US but I like the colors. I am using the Alt Grun (sorry for no umlaut). It is a great color. the Sepia is, for my taste, one of the nicest 'sepias'. The Leipsiger Schwartz is also worth a look.

Thanks again.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 07:15

Thanks for the review, what a lovely colour.

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 23:57

Thank you for this review.  I posted an informal review and quoted your pictures.

 

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