Rohrer and Klingner Cassia Review

What’s to say about Rohrer and Klingner’s Cassia? It’s a German ink that is one of the brightest and most delightful purple inks I think I’ve ever used. I don’t use bright, purple inks extensively, but when I ink up a purple, it’s nice sometimes to get a feeling like the ink just jumps up and punches me in the eyes! That’s what Cassia does.

The dry time is about medium length, around 20 seconds or so. On Rhodia, that’s pretty reasonable, it would be faster on more absorbent paper. It’s not very water resistant, but that’s okay because it does clean out really easily out of a pen, that’s not always the case with purple inks. The shading is present but not overwhelming, it has a medium level of saturation. It does flow really nicely, towards the wet side. I like that about it 🙂 I’m a fan of wetter writing inks!

I used a Ruby Lamy Al-Star with a medium nib for this review, mainly because it’s a popular style of pen and the nib size is a good balance between dry time and shading ability.

Ruby Red Lamy Al-Star

This ink has several others that are nearly identical, most notably the popular Noodler’s North African Violet. It’s hard not to compare these two inks, especially because NAV is water resistant. But, the leg up that Cassia has on it is cleanability (is that a word? Is now!). If you’re a fan of the NAV color but don’t want to use Noodler’s for one reason or another, then Cassia is your ticket. Likewise, if you love Cassia but want water resistance, go with NAV. Cassia is also really close to several other colors:

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

2017-10-11T14:38:39+00:00 January 12th, 2012|Ink Reviews|14 Comments
  • Chris Carter

    I posted the test strips of my Rohrer & Klingner Ink Drop samples on my blog, Third Time Around (  The inks I received are Cassia, Smaragdgrun, Alt Goldgrun, Blu Mare and Morinda.  You had asked us to share our experience and I'm not quite sure where to do that.

  • Nicky

    I'm a big fan of eye-punchingly bright purples. This one looks like it will be no exception. 

  • Ooo this really reminded me strongly of NA Violet. Lack of water resistance can be a downside but on the other hand NA Violet was very hard to clean.

  • I appreciate your input! I'm going to be posting my own reviews of every Rohrer and Klingner color, so you can just post your feedback in the comments on a given color. That, or you can post a link to your own blog or review, just like you did here : )

  • You're right about that! It is quite bright.

  • This color is nearly identical to NAV, but you're trading the water resistance for easy cleaning. 

  • StevenHorvat

    I thought for sure you would compare it with Purple Heart, I't sure is close to North african violet!

  • Well, it's really not the same kind of purple as Purple Heart…it's more vibrant. Here's Purple Heart, to compare:

  • Well, it's really not the same kind of purple as Purple Heart…it's more vibrant. Here's Purple Heart, to compare (though for whatever reason, posting it here in the comments makes the ink color look darker, check the Swab Shop for the most accuracy):

  • StevenHorvat

    I stand corrected. comparing them side by side its almost as if its a different color altogether. I've heard nothing but good review from both colors though.

  • Yes, they are pretty different. In property too…Purple Heart is lubricated, a member of the Noodler's American Eel series of inks. And yes, they are both good inks!

  • StevenHorvat

    well I can't wait to try it out myself. I got the Cassia ink for inkdrop and I'm still trying to go through each one.

  • Please post here when you do try it! I am in love with the boldness of Cassia, I like strong purples 🙂 Actually, I like dusty purples too, but it's a whole different experience. 

  • Orsi

    Thank you for this post! I was just about to be depressed that I, again, fell in love with a purple that I can’t buy so easily here (= walk into a store on Tuesday and buy it :D) in Europe (that gorgeous Noodler’s North African Violet), but Cassia looks really close to it, and I can buy that.
    But I still want that Noodler’s ink, what is wrong with me? 😀 (I know, Habanero ruined me)