Monday, January 9, 2012

Rohrer and Klingner Blau Permanent Review

Rohrer and Klingner Blau Permanent comes from Germany and is a medium-light blue whose name is perhaps a little misleading....my initial impression was that Blau Permanent meant I would find a 'permanent' or 'waterproof' blue, but this isn't really the case. The ink's permanence leaves a bit to be desired. It's better than most of the other R&K inks (with the exception of the iron galls), but aren't as good as some of the other permanent blues out there like Noodler's Midway Blue and Bad Belted Kingfisher.

What this ink does have going for it is a fast dry time, just over 10 seconds on Rhodia, which is pretty ink resistant paper. It would be even faster on most other papers. The colors is very pleasing, a pure blue that has a moderate amount of shading. The flow is not too wet, not too dry, right there in the middle somewhere. Like all of the other R&K inks, this one cleans very easily out of pens. I didn't see much of a difference writing with a medium vs. EF nib, but the broad did darken up the color a bit. Because the pen isn't heavily saturated, you're going to see some variation in the darkness of color based on the pen you use.

There are several inks that are in this color range:

Blau Permanent comes in a 50ml bottle, and is available at GouletPens.com 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 Blau Permanent, I'd love to hear what you think in the comments below!


  1. Looks great, I need to get a sample of this. Too bad the name is misleading. I was hoping it would be water resistant.

  2. I don't know that the name is misleading, it likely just doesn't translate well from German. From what I've read online (not direct from RnK but from other pen enthusiasts), the 'permanent' part of this name refers to the fact that it is a blue not intended to wash away with an ink eradicator....a tool that is common in Europe but is almost never used in the US. I don't know if that's entirely true, but either way, I knew that most US pen fans would assume the word permanent in the name would mean waterproof, so I wanted to make sure that it was clear that it's not waterproof.

  3. It's all right, I still like the color :) Still, I find it rather sad that Noodler's is about the only company which still makes lots of non-iron gall waterproof inks.

  4. There are inks here and there across some brands that have degrees of water resistance, but Noodler's hands down has the only focus on waterproofness. 

  5. I've received a sample of Blau Permanent in my January Ink Drop. 

    It's not my favorite blue, I find it a bit lackluster, the color is too pale for my taste.

    Here in Europe, permanent fountain pen ink is an ink that won't be erased with an ink eradicator, yes. I live in France, and here fountain pens are used by most of children at school. The typical school pen is a entry level Waterman or Parker (or any no-name brand from the mall), and they typically use "erasable blue" ink, an ink that can be erased with a water based eradicator. As you can imagine, it's a nice feature for school.

  6. When any ink is called permanent it means permanent on cloth not on paper. Thats what i have come to understand by using some inks made in India. Its like a warning that if it spills on your shirt pocket the shirt is ruined.


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