Rohrer and Klingner Fernambuk Review

Rohrer and Klingner Fernambuk is an interesting color, sort of in that range of color where you can’t really tell if it’s red or pink. This is, to be quite honest, probably the least appealing ink color group for me. But hey, you can’t love them all, right? I’ll try to be as objective as possible on this one, with the understanding that when I look at these pinkish-redish inks my first instinct is to dump it out of my pen after 4 words of writing!

The best feature of this ink is its fast dry time, under 10 seconds on Rhodia paper which is pretty darn good (among the fastest within Rohrer and Klingner). It’s easy to clean from the pen, which is not an assumption with all red inks. It’s not water resistant at all, which didn’t really surprise me. At the time I reviewed this ink, I was learning that Rohrer and Klingner as a brand isn’t very water resistant. It’s flow was smooth and consistent, just not quite as wet as some of the other inks in the brand.

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

There are several pinks that look a lot like Fernambuk, and some reds that are on the verge of pink, too. Here are some similar inks, if you’re familiar with these at all:

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

2017-10-11T14:38:39+00:00 January 13th, 2012|Ink Reviews|7 Comments
  • Nicky

    This has to be one of my least favourite colour groups as well. I like one or two inks in it, but I find most make me want to stop writing and flush the pen before refilling it with one of my favourites. I find myself quite frustrated by inks that are labelled red but are actually that bland, washed out pinkish red colour. I like my reds to be distinctly red. Dark red or bright red, I don't mind, as long as it's clearly red. 

    I'm thinking that Fernambuk is going to be one of those hit or miss colours. It either works for you or it doesn't. 

  • Marc Bloom

    This is not really red, it's a pink. Quite bright. It holds a very tight line and would probably work well in an italic nib.

  • It looks very pink to me. Having said that, I'm a bit disappointed in Nikita. On certain papers, with certain pens, it definitely looks pink.

  • It probably is more of a pink than a red, what throws you off is the label on the bottle that looks more red. Most of the label is in German, so it's hard to know what the ink is really intended to be. Using Google Translate Fernambuk translates to Pernambuco, which (aside from a city in Brazil) is a type of wood that ranges from a red/brown to pink in color. 

  • Inks like this are hit or miss, and the color changes in different lighting too. For those that like these types of pink/reds, it's a great ink. For those that like very strong and defined hues (that's how I usually am), there are other pinks and reds that are more 'definitive'. 

  • Nikita is definitely more red than pink, but I hear where you're coming from. Fernambuk's ability to balance between pink and red reminds me a lot of Noodler's Dragon's Napalm and how it straddles orange and pink. 

  • Marc Bloom

    And the dye made from that wood. A lot of the R&K ink names are very traditional.