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!