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 GouletPens.com 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 Salix, I'd love to hear what you think in the comments below!