Rohrer and Klingner Alt-Bordeaux Review

It’s been a while since I’ve done any ink reviews, and I just got sick of my own excuses for not doing them. So last weekend, the first weekend I was home from the hospital with our new daughter Ellie, I decided to review all 18 Rohrer and Klingner colors. Shazzam! So I’m going to be posting them all in a row, in alphabetical order.

Let’s start with Alt-Bordeaux. This German ink is a pleasant wine color, with a noticeable amount of shading and a reasonably wet flow. It’s moderately saturated, but with a longer-than-average dry time. The ink isn’t water resistant very much at all, like pretty much all of the non-iron gall R&K inks. But, the positive side of that is that the ink is amazingly easy to clean out of your pen. Dreamy, really. Using it in a broader nib will make it shade more and appear a little darker, I found the medium nib to be kind of a sweet spot for it.

I have always enjoyed nice wine color inks like Diamine Syrah and Noodler’s Black Swan in Australian Roses. It very much leans purple. These colors aren’t my everyday inks, but I don’t know why because this is a really pleasing color range. Alt-Bordeaux is one that I will keep in the back of my mind as a good wine ink to use when I want a good shading, low maintenance ink.

The closest comparable inks in other brands are PR Arabian Rose and PR Burgundy Mist. Alt-Bordeaux comes in a 50ml bottle, and is available at in both bottle and sample form. I do sell this ink, so read my whole review with that in mind and use your own research and judgment to determine which inks are best for you.

Check out the other Rohrer and Klingner reviews I’ve done:

If you’ve used Alt-Bordeaux before, I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below!

2017-10-11T14:38:40+00:00 January 7th, 2012|Ink Reviews|9 Comments
  • I love that someone actually tests and reviews inks.  

  • Matthew Newell

    Shazzam! 😀

  • Haha, you like that?

  • Ron Gilmour

    Brian, your ink reviews are always much appreciated. Thanks for doing these. I'm looking forward to learning more about R&K inks.

  • Glad you enjoy them! I'll have the rest of the line coming out over the next couple of weeks. 

  • Where are these inks made?

  • Nicky

    I've heard nothing but good things about this ink. I think I might have to take advantage of the samplepalooza and give it a try for myself. 

  • They come from Germany, I updated the post to say that since I forgot to mention it before!

  • That's part of why we did the sample-palooza….that and R&K is our featured ink for Ink Drop. I figured a lot of people would be talking about it right now, so I wanted to participate in the conversation 🙂