Rohrer & Klingner operates since 1892. At the moment it's the fifth generation of the family that manages the company. I guess that after 122 years they know what they are doing.
R&K inks offer amazing quality for amazing price. In my country a bnottle of R&K ink costs 5-6 $. I know it's a bit more expensive in America, yet I believe the price is still reasonable.
I find it interesting that Rohrer & Klingner seems to focus mainly on the content and not on the bottles. Inks come in industrial looking bottle taht is quite handy but there's just nothing fancy about it. It's surprising.
Anyway they offer eighteen colors, some stunning, some boring but all have good qualities and are easy to clean.
Let's check them.
Helianthus: intense, dark yellow. In broad nib I can see it as a daily writer.
Fernambuk: red with some pink accents. Nice, decent, smooth and consistent flow.
Morinda: one of my favourite red inks. I like the hue and great lubrication it provides to my dry writing Pilot 78G with broad nib.
Alt-Bordeaux: pale and boring in dry nibs, really nice in wet nibs.
Magenta: magenta. Intense, eye-catching, but too bright to my taste.
Solferino: screaming, popping purplish magenta. I like it.
Cassia: decent violet.
Scabiosa: waterproof, nice, dusty color. Good choice.
Blu Mare: lively, saturated blue. Not bad.
Konigsblau nice, decent ink. The thing is there's so many blue inks on the market and there's just nothing special about this one.
Blau Permanent: not really permanent but it shows some waterproofness. Good ink, good saturation, nice color.
Salix: waterproof, famous R&K ink. I don't like the color.
Smaragdgrun: meh. I dislike this kind of greens.
Verdura: decent green. But there are better ones on the market.
Alt-Goldgrun: great, unique ink. A winner.
Sepia: greyish brown. Calm. I do like it.
Verdigris: greenish blue/black. Nice one.
Leipziger-Schwarz: blueish bl;ack but still black. I dislike blacks and this one won't change my taste.
The review was made with dry writing tool: Pilot 78G with broad nib. You may think that the ciolor are more intense in your notebook. But that's how these pens write.
SWABS (Mondi 90g)
Gems (cut in PS from the photo made in intense sunlight)
DROPS OF INK ON KITCHEN TOWEL
Edited by visvamitra, 20 September 2014 - 19:12.