Rohrer and Klingner Scabiosa purple fountain pen ink

Rohrer and Klingner Scabiosa is a German ink that comes in a 50ml bottle. It’s popular for two reasons, the first being that it’s water resistant since it is iron gall, just like Salix. 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. 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.

Rohrer and Klingner Scabiosa purple fountain pen ink review


Rohrer and Klingner Scabiosa purple fountain pen ink


Rohrer and Klingner Scabiosa purple fountain pen ink

Scabiosa’s water resistance and ease of cleaning are every bit as great as Salix. There is one aspect where Scabiosa has a leg up on Salix, and that’s dry time. Salix had about a 25 second dry time, but Scabiosa dries quite a bit faster, only about 10 seconds on Rhodia paper, which is quite ink resistant. This is a huge plus given that it’s a pretty wet writing ink. And the shading is great, too!

Scabiosa is a great color, a dusty purple much like many of my favorite colors. Here are some of the other colors that are like Scabiosa. The only other purple that really has any water resistance in this color range is Noodler’s La Reine Mauve, and that ink looks a lot ‘dustier’ and washed out on the page. Scabiosa has great vibrancy and shading like Purple Heart and Blackcurrant, but with the bonus of the water resistance. No wonder it’s up there with Salix as the best selling Rohrer and Klingner color. Check out the other inks similar in color:

Check out the other Rohrer and Klingner reviews I’ve done:

Blau Permanent
Blue Mare

You can find Rohrer and Klingner Scabiosa in a 50ml bottle available at for $11.95 or as a 2ml sample for $1.25.

If you’ve used Scabiosa before, I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below!

Write on, 
Brian Goulet