Rohrer and Klingner Königsblau is a 50ml bottle ink that comes from Germany. This ink is the staple ‘royal blue’ in the line, and it’s one of the more pleasing royal blues that I’ve used. Most of the time, the inks that are called ‘royal blue’ are too purple for my taste, but this one is a pretty true and solid blue without a lot of purple.
The dry time is average, at about 20 seconds on Rhodia paper which is rather ink resistant. A moderate level of saturation allows for some shading to come through. The flow is leaning a little wet but I rated it a ‘medium’. This ink in general is a pretty solid, middle-of-the-road performer for all of the factors in my review. Even with water resistance, this ink isn’t the best, but isn’t the worst. It’s more water resistant than most of the other Rohrer and Klingner inks, you would actually still be able to read what you wrote if you spilled some water on it. It cleans pretty easily, that is one way this ink excels. Some royal blues get a little stubborn, but not this one.
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 a lot of blues in this range, this is probably one of the most ‘crowded’ range of colors (besides black!). Here are some that are closest to Königsblau: