Rohrer and Klingner Leipziger-Schwarz Review

Rohrer and Klingner Leipziger-Schwarz is a German ink that threw me for a loop a little bit. It’s the darkest ink in the brand, and I thought from the color of the label on the bottle (which is honestly always a bad gauge for any ink color!) that it was black. As soon as I inked it up and started using it, I was really struggling to see the ‘black’ in the ink….that’s because it’s really not black. I don’t know anything about what Leipziger-Schwartz means or why it’s named that, and Google failed to help me. What I can say is that once I confessed to myself that this just might not be a black ink, I began to really like it for what it is: blue-black.

Now, blue-blacks are funny because there’s really nothing to distinguish one from being called ‘navy’ or ‘dark blue’….and normally I’m not too fussy about what I call a blue-black. It has a fair amount of green to it, but it doesn’t scream green. You can really only see the green when you compare it to other ‘grey’ shaded blue-blacks. I like it, it’s a change from most of the others.

The dry time is a little long for this ink, but that’s because it’s a relatively heavily saturated color for Rohrer and Klingner. It’s not completely washed away by water, but it’s definitely seriously shaken up by it. This does help when it comes to cleaning though. Despite that it’s heavily saturated, in cleans very easily from the pen. You aren’t going to get a lot of shading with this ink. It’s relatively flat and consistent, even on ink resistant paper like Rhodia that normally brings the most shading out of an ink. The flow is wet and juicy, just how I like it. All in all, this ink was a delight to use, and I would absolutely recommend it as a work-appropriate ink as long as you will have some time to let it dry.

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

Dark blues are kind of hard to really distinguish from each other sometimes, especially online. But here are the colors I found closest to it:

Leipziger-Schwarz 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:

Blau Permanent
Blue Mare

If you’ve used Leipziger-Schwarz, I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below!

2017-10-11T14:38:38+00:00 January 17th, 2012|Ink Reviews|12 Comments
  • I think the name of the ink is just that it is Leipzig-Black, as in a black from the city of Leipzig.  

  • StefanV

    What he said. But I couldn't find anything on-line either as to what would make the color black special in Leipzig (other than that there's a black lion in Leipzig's coat of arms).

  • Yeah, I don't know. And the funny thing is this isn't really a black anyway! 

  • One thing mentioned on our Facebook page is that I spelled "Schwarz" wrong originally when I posted this by adding a "t" in there, so it spelled "Schwartz". I have gone back and fixed it, but the url of this post is generated from the original title of the post, and can't be changed! So the url is still spelled wrong, but I've fixed the rest. Okay, technically, I still need to fix it on the review paper, but I'm working on that. 

  • Took the words right out of my mouth.

  • Took the words right out of my mouth.

  • DaDude

    I am wondering if something is wrong with your ink or pen.

    Because in this blogpost: Leipziger Schwarz is described as a very black black… kinda weird.

    I also googled the color, but couldn't find anything about it… If it really isn't black, it's the only ink from the brand where the name doesn't match the color. 🙂

    Greetings from Germany

  • Salad Snake

    Isn't R&K from Leipzig?

  • I'm just telling you what I see. The pen doesn't have anything to do with it, in fact it looks blackest when written, it's when I smear or swab the color that it really doesn't look so black. I currently have 43 different blacks in my possession, and you can see the color adjusted swabs of them all here:

    I'm not saying that the ink can't possibly be black, but what I am saying that out of 43 blacks, it's one of the 'least black' of the bunch. Compared to the other colors in the Rohrer and Klingner line though, it definitely works as a black.

  • No, they're in Zella-Mehlis, roughly 100 miles from Leipzig. 

  • Sebastian

    According to the information on their webpage: R&K was founded in Leipzig in 1892 and moved to Zella-Mehlis only in 1982.

    According to their colour chart Leipsician black is indeed black-blue.

  • Achim

    Leipzig is a city in Saxonia/Germany and Schwarz is German for black.
    R&K was based in Leipzig in the beginning of the company.