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REVIEW: Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Bordeaux

Hey guys! I’m sorry for the slow updates, life always finds a way to come between you and your hobbies. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I thought I’ll tackle the Rohrer & Klingner line-up before moving onto something else. I personally really like their inks, have tested them all previously before starting Pennonia. Generally Rohrer & Klingner inks are characterized by being wet inks that flow really well. Some of their colors are also rather unique and the colors that can also be found from other ink makers (well to be fair, really similar colors, not the exact ones) also write and look great.

Today’s choice was their Alt-Bordeaux color. The name of the ink and the color match perfectly and let me tell you why. In fact I’m going to start by telling you why I decided to start with this color specifically. Christmas is almost upon us and Christmas fairs are everywhere. One of the staple drinks of every Christmas fair is mulled wine. So me and my girlfriend decided to make some at home and it just so happens that if red wine dries it will have the same color as Rohrer & Klingner’s Alt-Bordeaux.

Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Bordeaux (50 ml bottled ink) Ink Swab
Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Bordeaux (50 ml bottled ink) Ink Swab

Now the name is fitting because “Alt” in German means “old” i.e. dried wine. Bordeaux is a wine making region in France (much like Burgundy, both of which are also color names) so the translation of the ink’s name would be “Old Wine”, which this ink definitely looks like. I’m sorry for getting into the linguistics part ๐Ÿ˜‚ I was an English major and I like to babble about grammar, translation etc.

Anyway less talk, more review and more pictures! I use an A5 Rhodia Pad as my paper along a Kaweco AL Sport using a Fine nib and a Lamy Logo with a Medium nib. The ink has good properties, nice flow and it is a wet ink. Shading is not that noticeable but it’s there. Dry time is about 5 seconds with a fine nib for me. I don’t know how others got 30 second dry times. Maybe Rohrer & Klingner have tweaked the formula since the reviews I found online were rather old. The ink, like all Rohrer & Klingner inks, comes in a 50 ml glass bottle. I personally find the design appealing and it looks great on the shelf. The ink itself could be used as a daily writer definitely however don’t expect any water resistance from it. In fact don’t expect any water resistance from Rohrer & Klingner’s standard line up. If you want to go nuclear though their Dokumentus line pretty much lasts forever apart from burning the paper it’s on.


Thanks for reading! Check out my other reviews of Rohrer & Klingner inks:

Rohrer & Klingner Aubergine

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