Rohrer and Klingner Sepia is a German ink that comes in a 50ml bottle. Naming an ink “sepia” is one of the most descriptive ways to name an ink. I see a lot of different inks names a lot of different things, and most names only hint at what the color might be. But sepia is very descriptive, see how Wikipedia defines it here. Long story short, it can be defined as a toning method used for warming up a black and white photograph and enhancing its archival capabilities. I alway think of ‘old-timey’ photographs, like what you see around the turn of the 20th century.

Keeping in line with the sepia name’s assumptions, this Sepia is a brownish-grey with an incredible dry time, under 10 seconds on Rhodia paper, which is fairly ink resistant and tends to take longer than most papers for ink to dry on it. Most of the other Rohrer and Klingner inks are not very water-resistant at all, they fade quite badly when wet (except for Salix and Scabiosa). Sepia holds up better than most of the others, though. When wet it does lose some of its color, but about 70% of it remains, leaving it quite readable. For not making any claims of water resistance, this ink fairs quite well.

The flow is wet, the saturation is low, and the shading you get is high. The easy of cleaning, like you’d expect with Rohrer and Klingner, is quite effortless. All around, it’s a pretty well-rounded ink. I would venture to say that it would make a very nice work-appropriate ink as an alternative to the usual blues and blacks. It would change up your day a little bit without drawing undue attention to it by unsuspecting co-workers.

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 few inks in the sepia color range, and some brands (like Rohrer and Klingner) just outright call it Sepia. Diamine, Private Reserve, Rohrer and Klingner, Platinum, Omas, De Atramentis, and Noodler’s all have inks with Sepia in the name. It’s a color range that may not stand out much, but is actually incredibly popular. You will notice a pretty wild range of color within the name ‘sepia’ across different brands though. So I’ll break out my swabs into two groups, those with the name Sepia, and those that look the closest to Rohrer and Klingner Sepia. There are the Sepia named inks:

The Sepia inks are pretty much all over the place, right? You have yellows, reds, browns, greys…’s nuts! Now here are the colors I feel are actually closest to Rohrer and Klingner Sepia:

As you can tell from the swabs, Rohrer and Klingner Sepia is very much leaning towards the grey end of the color spectrum. If that floats your boat, then you’ll probably find it to be a very pleasing ink. Sepia 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 Sepia, I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below!