Rohrer and Klingner Complete Brand Review

If you’ve been following Ink Nouveau lately, then you know I reviewed the entire brand of Rohrer and Klingner over the last month, all 18 colors. Rather than shooting 18 individual videos, I thought I’d just do one long one that covers all of the colors at once.

If you’re interested in more detail on any of the particular ink colors, check out my individual reviews:

Blau Permanent
Blue Mare

I’d love to hear what you think of Rohrer and Klingner!

Rohrer and Klingner Alt-Bordeaux

Rohrer and Klingner Alt-Goldgrün

Rohrer and Klingner Blau Permanent

Rohrer and Klingner Blu Mare

Rohrer and Klingner Cassia

Rohrer and Klingner Fernambuk

Rohrer and Klingner Helianthus

Rohrer and Klingner Königsblau

Rohrer and Klingner Leipziger-Schwarz

Rohrer and Klingner Magenta

Rohrer and Klingner  Morinda

Rohrer and Klingner Salix

Rohrer and Klingner Scabiosa

Rohrer and Klingner Sepia

Rohrer and Klingner Smaragdgrün

Rohrer and Klingner Solferino

Rohrer and Klingner Verdigris

Rohrer and Klingner Verdura
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2017-10-11T14:38:07+00:00 February 13th, 2012|Ink Reviews|13 Comments
  • Haven't had a chance to view the video yet, but I've been following all the ink reviews. Seeing this overview review, I'd just like to mention that I like the idea of featuring not just scans in the review, but photos as you've done here, with some background. I think it actually gives a better idea of how the ink looks on the paper, since the eye tends to colour-correct images containing some context (especially my eye, since I have similar tiles on my living room floor. 🙂  Scans tend to look too "artificial" (although they are valuable for doing side-by-side comparisons).

  • I hear what you're saying, but a lot of the reason you probably like the pictures more is because of how much more cropped they are. If I had a picture of the full sheet of paper, it would look about the same as the scan. The thing that I really don't like about taking pictures of the inks is that there are a LOT more factors to make the color look 'off', due to varying light conditions and the many components and settings on a camera that change the way a color looks. Scanning is very consistent, so what you're seeing is more true to the actual color (especially since I manually adjust each one just like I do my swabs in the Swab Shop), and is more consistent from one page to another, so it makes it much easier on me to do the adjustments I need to make the colors look accurate. I do adjustments for the photographs of the inks as well, but the lighting is not as consistent so the adjustments are random and more time consuming with each shot. I'll consider taking pictures of the inks for future reviews, but just know that they are never going to be as reliable as the scans in terms of true color. 

  • This is a great video Brian; I think you went into the right amount of detail discussing each of the inks.  I think that the format of doing reviews of an entire brand and following it up with a kind of recap or overview video works well, especially with brands whose inks seem to have a lot in common (Rohrer & Klingner are all easily cleaned for example). 

    I've been thinking about getting a bottle since you guys started carrying this.  I might have to grab some scabiosa. 

    Also, I found your gestures really, really funny.  I'm not making fun of you; your passion comes across well.  It's just that I'm in a sort of crazy mood after sleeping for about two hours last night. So at a point I felt like muting the video and just paying attention to your hands, as they are very communicative. 😉  

  • Wes, thanks for your feedback! I honestly kind of just winged it…before I shot the video I did kind of go back through each ink and make some mental notes about what I was going to cover in each one, but you'd probably be surprised just how little 'organization' goes in to the way I do things 😉 Of course, I've shot 160ish videos at this point, so it's coming pretty naturally to me now. Not to discredit myself though, I do spend a lot of time actually doing the reviews and all of the production of the blogs and video.

    Haha, that's funny you mention the hand gestures, Rachel pokes fun at me for that all the time! It's not just in the videos, I'm a very hand-gestury talker…always have been. I used to knock over my dad's mug of coffee in the car a lot when I was a kid, and he reminds me about it a lot, haha! That's why I have to shoot my videos and talk as I do it, I could never do voice-overs to keep up with all of my crazy hand gestures!

  • Andrew

    Brian, might you consider reviewing the Caran d'Ache line of inks?

    I really like their colours, but haven't gotten around to trying any of them yet.


  • Jared

    I'm glad that you are now carrying the R&K line of inks, which I think are some of the best in the market.

  • Nicky

    I've really enjoyed the series of reviews of the R&K inks. Through them I've found a new love (Alt-Bordeux) and am planning to sample most of the range at some point. Alt-Goldgrun is even growing on me! 

    Do you plan to do another review series? Obviously to do all of De Atramentis or Noodlers would be a bit much, unless you just do the Magic series or just the Eel series, for example. It might be more feasible to do some of the smaller ranged inks, like Caran d'ache, Sailor Jentle or Iroshizuki. I'm sure I'm not the only one who gets a lot out of this kind of in-depth look at a brand. 

  • I certainly can. Pilot Iroshizuku is next, though, I've done 17 out of the 21 of them at this point, and I'll start posting them soon. I have 600 inks and growing, so basically I can review inks for the next several years and not run out….

  • Thanks! Yeah, I'm impressed by them. they have several pretty unique colors, and I'm happy to offer them.

  • Yeah, I'm actually kind of digging the one-brand-at-a-time way of reviewing. It actually works pretty well for me because I have an achievable goal in sight when doing the reviews. I continued this idea into the Pilot Iroshizuku inks, which I'll be reviewing next. I did all 17 colors, but then I got in the 4 new colors about a month sooner than I expected so I need to do those before I start posting the whole brand ink-by-ink. So 21 Iroshizuku colors will be coming next. I don't know how I'll keep up this method of reviewing once I get to the 'monster' brands like De Atramentis (well over 300 inks total), Noodler's (130ish inks) and Diamine (100 inks), but breaking them down into smaller groups seems the most likely option.

  • Gerry Clancy

    Loved the review of the R & K inks and the format you used.

    I have used a range of Camel (India) dyebased inks for a few years, but found out recently that they have lightfastness issues. I really liked these inks becaused they mixed in interesting ways with acrylic paints (in visual art applications) and because the colours were very bright and transparent. I have been told that pigmented inks have better lightfastness but are not as transparent. So my search is to find a pigmented ink with the brilliance of dye based inks at reasonable cost.

    I'm wondering if you can offer any advice for my quest?


  • Gerry, you're going to have a hard time finding any pigmented fountain pen inks, because they really aren't so ideal. There are some, Platinum Carbon Black, Platinum Pigmented Blue, Sepia, and Rose Red, and also Sailor Nano Black and Blue Black, but that's all that I can recall. None of these are particularly vibrant. These inks actually aren't even primarily made for fountain pen use, but for brush pen use. If used in fountain pens, they need to be cleaned very regularly and require extra TLC. Other than these inks I just mentioned, I wouldn't recommend any pigmented inks be used in fountain pens, because they are too thick and too likely to clog the inner workings of the pens. There may be some calligraphy inks out there that will give you vibrancy you need, but that's where my expertise ends 😉 

  • Totoro

    Hi! I have a question about the Rohrer & Klingner Dokumentus inks. Are these pigment-based inks? I couldn’t find any info online that definitively say they are. Also, I’ve heard that pigment-based inks are harder to clean. If so, how do I go about cleaning my pens? I have two bottles given to me as a gift and I only ever had experience with regular water-based inks. Thanks!