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Sepia - Rohrer & Klingner

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#1 visvamitra


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Posted 07 February 2017 - 20:48

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.




  1. Alt-bordeaux
  2. Alt-Goldgrun
  3. Blu Mare
  4. Blue Permanent
  5. Cassia
  6. Fernambuc
  7. Helianthus
  8. Leipziger-Schwarz
  9. Magenta
  10. Morinda
  11. Royal Blue
  12. Salix
  13. Scabiosa
  14. Sepia
  15. Smaragdgrun
  16. Solferino
  17. Verdigris
  18. Verdura


It's time to re-review this inks. 





Sepia is actually one of my all - time favorites sepias. It's cheap, it flows nicely, it behaves well and I enjoy the hue a lot. What else could I possibly want? This is a color you could easily use on a daily basi - cool choice for business people who want something else then black or blue. There's nothing wrong in stepping a little bit out of the crowd.
The flow is smooth. Drying time is reasonable.




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Posted 07 February 2017 - 20:54

Great review, this looks like a more greyish cousin of Yama Guri. The more I look at it, the more I seem to like it.

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 21:08

Thank you for this review!


It is not often I read a review about an ink that appeals to me, go to my "AmberLea Davis" cabinet of inks & find I have the ink, under review.  The more interesting thing is that the seal does not seem to be broken on my bottle, leading me to wonder WHY didn't I try this ink after receipt?  (I am afraid the answer it more obvious that I want to admit!)


A quick fill of an empty Parker 51 with a broad nib confirms this is an ink I am glad I found!  Thank you for your review & for my NEW ink choice of the day.

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 21:11

I really love this ink. At first I was a bit unsure about it, but it's really grown on me. A lovely subtle colour.

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 21:58

Great review, thanks. Really interesting looking colour... going on my to-buy list. Love the Terry Pratchett quote, too bad the master of humour has moved on to the great beyond,

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 23:10

Reminds me that my bottle is running low.

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 23:36

Another great review.

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 23:50

Thank you for the review, Vis. I must have gotten a bad bottle or something. The bottle I had was very dry. Even in my wettest stubs, I would have dry starts and skipping. I liked the color but hated the way it behaved. I finally tossed it.

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 03:13

A great review of a great ink.  R & K Sepia is my perfect brown.

I've been on a quest to see if I could commit all Seven Deadly Sins in a single day. Finally, it dawned on me I shouldn't try for the One Day Wonder Prize for all seven in one day. It's simply out of any question as you can't commit decent sloth while busily ticking the other six off your crowded "to do" list. -- ViolinWriter

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 03:19

I had been wondering what this ink was like -- it was on my short list to try (once the weather got a little better to start ordering inks again).  

So thanks for the review.  And, um, not....

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Posted 09 February 2017 - 20:30

My bottle is unused....sitting for a long time. It is a different sepia than the MB Sepia I started on.

It took me a while to see there are different sepia's...and this is more the cuttlefish type than some of the browner ones.


I have a feeling it's an ink I will refill into cartridges in they and CC pens are easier to clean. There is a warning not to mix this Sepia ink.


I must think to use one of my five grey inks when I ink this to see how gray might look next to it.


It does look a bit like a grayed Herbin Cafe des Ill's.


That is not in my to do list yet.  I have two pens that are dry and one that is nearly there.  So I could after cleaning find something for both the gray and this Sepia.


Medium 'true' regular flex nib looks good for making that nib shade. Semi-flex I think would be too wet and take away the shading.

I'd have to use the similar for the gray too.

DA Cement might do. That looks like the flight line as the dawn grays after a light rain.

On my list to do soon.....all I got to do is scribble one CC pen that is almost empty dry.

Clean three....fill only two. :D

German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.

www.nibs.com/blog/nibster-writes/nibs-germany & https://www.peter-bo...cts/nib-systems,


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