Rohrer and Klingner Salix Review

At long last! For those of you that have been following each of my Rohrer and Klingner reviews as I’ve been posting them in alphabetical, you have no doubt been waiting for me to get to Salix. Rohrer and Klingner is a German brand that comes in a 50ml bottle, and Salix is arguably the most popular and well-known color in the brand.

Salix is popular for two reasons, the first being that it’s water resistant since it is iron gall. What is iron gall? Check out what Wikipedia has to say about it, but know that this ink is not the same ‘pure’ iron gall that is known to be corrosive to metals, rather it is a modern formulation that behaves much more like conventional fountain pen ink. In fact, in my usage of it I didn’t find any significant difference in flow, ease of cleaning, or dry time than most of the other Rohrer and Klingner inks. It was quite the pleasure! Rohrer and Klingner does recommend that you clean the ink out of your pen every week, and be aware that iron gall inks aren’t ideal for all pen types and models.

The dry time was medium-long, about 25 seconds on ink resistant Rhodia paper. It’s on the long side for Rohrer and Klingner, but still pretty manageable. The saturation is medium, which allows for some shading but not an overwhelming amount. Even though the ink is very water resistant, it still cleaned very easily out of the pen. Gosh, you can’t even really tell that I did any drips on the drip test grid, but I swear I did! Usually with inks you get easy to clean or water resistant, it’s rare to have both like you do with Salix.

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

The color of Salix isn’t anything that hard to come by, many other inks are very close. But most of them don’t have the water resistance of Salix. One important thing to note is that the color of Salix is very close to Diamine Registrar’s Blue-Black (also iron gall) when first on the page, but the Registrar’s darkens considerably to the color you see below. Salix doesn’t seem to do this. Here are the comparable inks that are also water resistant:

Here are other inks similar in color but that aren’t particularly water resistant:

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

2017-10-11T14:38:38+00:00 January 24th, 2012|Ink Reviews|10 Comments
  • StevenHorvat

    wow that looks incredible.

  • ordinal

    Salix is a superb ink in my opinion – it has a lovely distinguished dark blue colour without the green tinges that come with a lot of so-called blue/blacks, it has a regular flow and isn't bone-dry to the nib like, say, Lamy BB, it has attractive but not excessive shading, and being an iron-gall it works well on poor paper and is waterproof. (I've found it dries quite quickly generally – shiny paper like Rhodia is never that great for drying time, though, of course.) I used it for ages in a Lamy 2000.

    In fact let me dig out my bottle and load a pen with some right now.

  • I agree…I think the thing that is so remarkable about this ink is the fact it's so well balanced….meaning that it's very middle-of-the-road on color, shading, dry time, wetness, etc. It's not really extreme in any fashion, which I guess makes it an extremely useful ink 😉 

  • Thanks! This ink has a lot of fans, me included.

  • Newtonbart

    Thanks, Brian. Great review.

    If you were to do a water test with Lamy Blue-Black, bottled, you would probably have a similar result.

  • Yeah, I debated about putting Lamy BB in the 'water resistant' group, but it's up in the air about it being iron gall or not. I've tried to contact all of my direct contacts through Lamy and haven't ever gotten a confirmation one way or another, but I know it's commonly talked about as being iron gall….tell you what, I'll just go ahead and put it in the water resistant group, since it kind of is whether its iron gall or not. 

  • Very nice color, and the water resistance looks impressive.  I find the name somewhat mystifying however.  "Salix" is the genus name for willow trees.  The only way I can think to connect that to the color blue is through Blue Willow ceramics.  Which isn't very German.  

  • Your guess is as good as mine on this one!

  • Ine S.

    I don't know exactly what it is about this colour that I like so much, but it makes me soft inside. I originally wanted to choose this as the ink to my first fountain pen, but I was so intimidated by the fact that this is an iron gall that I chose Noodler's Midnight Blue instead. I think, once I become more experienced with fountain pens, I'll try this out, though!

  • Alan_in_CA

    This ink and its sister, Scabiosa, tamed my (new to me) old Pelikan pens, which wrote WAY too wet with Noodler’s Black Eel, which works fine with my Japanese pens. Like Black Eel, Salix is truly waterPROOF. Unlike Black Eel it is indelible on things besides paper–like fingertips, for instance. So be careful. Works well on all sorts of paper–even newsprint! No bleed-through, and no feathering that I noticed. A 1:1 mixture with Scabiosa [Saliosa?] makes a very nice blue-black, with some shading.