Rohrer and Klingner Blu Mare Review

Blue Mare is a German ink that is right there in the turquoise family. I really didn’t know what to expect before inking it for the first time…when I think ‘mare’ I think ‘horse’, and I don’t know of any blue horses! This is the only turquoise color in the R&K line, but it’s a really nice one.

It’s best feature is that it dries quite fast, even on Rhodia paper which is fairly ink resistant. Using more absorbent paper would get you and even quicker dry time. Like most of the R&K inks there’s essentially no water resistance, so be aware of that. That’s not a deal breaker for me though, especially in the turquoise range. I actually can’t recall a single turquoise ink that is really water resistant. Maybe you can mention one to me in the comments. But, like all of the other R&K inks, it cleans from the pen like a dream, so that’s a definite plus.

The thing about turquoise inks is that they are most often either leaning towards green or leaning towards blue. I would put this one in the ‘blue’ category, though not by much. It’s a pretty bright ink, but still plenty saturated enough to be able to read it clearly. That’s the thing with some turquoise inks, sometimes they’re too light or bright that they make for decent watercolor but are unusable in pens. This one is plenty usable in a pen and has some great shading if that’s your thing. I used a medium nib Lamy Al-Star (Ruby Red, if that matters) and found this ink to be a good matchup for it.

Ruby Red Lamy Al-Star

Here are the inks similar to it:

Blue Mare 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 Blue Mare, I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below!

2017-10-11T14:38:39+00:00 January 10th, 2012|Ink Reviews|14 Comments
  • Sven Opitz

    Mare refers to the sea (latin), think of the moon (Mare Tranquillitatis, Sea of Tranquility). The mare you mean would be Stute in German.

  • MrApollo

    Not to forget Diamine Havasu Turquoise, Sheaffer Turquoise, Lamy Turquoise, and J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche. All of these cyannish colors look alike to me, none have water resistance, and they dry in about the same time. Is there any among the cyans that actually distinguishes itself above the others in more than one attribute? My optimal ink dries quicky (I'm a leftist), won't be obliterated if I drop my notebook in a puddle for a moment, and works on midrange paper (Ecosystem, Rhodia)?

  • Guest

    As Sven correctly pointed out, 'mare' used here is the Latin for 'sea' and as such is pronounced with two syllables. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think it would be  pronounced MAR-ay (rhymes with TAR-hay).

  • renmflo

    Latin is pronounced differently by many people, whether by use of modern reconstruction of classical latin or of other variants (i.e. Ecclesiastical Latin). However, I believe the pronunciation of mare would rather be: 'ma-re. 

    Mare also means sea in Italian and French (pronounced /maʁ/) and its equivalent in Spanish and Portuguese is mar.

  • StevenHorvat

    Yup that's my Lamy there. Its a bit lighter then I had expected. I always feel like it will break in my hands, like I could squeeze it like a pop can and crush it a little. I still favor the Lamy Vista More. How is it working out for you?

  • StefanV

    Since this a German ink, I suspect "mare" is just used here as the German word "mare", which as Sven has pointed out, means "sea". It is pretty much pronounced "mare" in German (although to an English-only speaker, it probably sounds more like "may-ah", since the "r" is very subtle in this context).

  • StefanV

    Just a follow-up, some horse people call the color grey "blue" or "blue dun". So, here then is a blue mare:

  • I'm no Latin or German speaker, so I'm glad that you all know better about this than I do!

  • I said the 'horse' comment pretty much as a joke, I imagine the intention of the ink's name has more to do with the sea than with a horse!

  •  Yeah, there are a LOT of inks in this color range. I just posted the ones that were closest (Lamy Turquoise was also very close, but the image I had for it was too large and I wasn't able to post it). There are very subtle differences between a lot of these inks…turquoises are colors that are VERY hard to display on a computer monitor, their subtleties are easier to see in person. The deal breaker for just about all of these is the water resistance…I haven't found one yet that really holds up at all. Not to say they're not out there, I just haven't found a good one yet in my own experimentation.

  • I'm a fan of the Al-Stars, but then I pretty much only use my pens at my desk…if I'm going to be carrying the pen by itself in a bag or with a notebook, I'll almost always choose the Vista over the Al-Star. I do love the red though, and the Ocean Blue always strikes me! I don't mind the lighter weight of the Al-Star, especially if I'm going to be writing for a long time, but I know what you mean about feeling like you can squeeze and pop it (but trust me, that would actually be pretty tough to do!). 

  • StefanV

    Hey, you do know how to say "Lamy" correctly.

  • Funny you should ask, I actually made a video on it! It's pronounced like "mommy" or "Tommy":

  • StefanV

    I know. That's how I know you know how to pronounce it right. 🙂