Hello again everyone! 😀 I have another ink review ready and this time my choice fell upon Rohrer & Klingner Morinda! I’m a teacher so I have to use red a lot during my work and this ink has been my go to red ink for grading in the last couple of months. I’ve written with it on really terrible copy paper to some really nice paper as well like Rhodia, Leuchtturm1917, Piccolo Press.
If you’re interested in the review process please check out this blog post. I’ve written it down in detail.
1. Introduction and personal thoughts
Rohrer & Klingner is a German company and has been in the ink game for a century now. Their fountain pen inks are fairly well known in the fountain pen community so I’m sure most of you have already heard about them. They are of course also famous for their calligraphy and drawing inks however those are not suitable for fountain pen use and you should only ever use them with dip pens. Their standard line-up consists of 18 fountain pen inks, their Dokumentus permant ink line-up has 6 and their sketchINK has 10 nano-pigment fountain pen inks.
Before I start talking about Morinda I just want to mention my general experience with Rohrer & Klingner inks. The gist of it is that I find all of them to be really high quality…they’re also really wet inks. It’s up to you to decide whether that trait bothers you or not but for me it’s usually not a problem as it means I won’t have flow issues and I rarely write on paper that allows feathering. I honestly believe they make really good inks as I have never been disappointed by the color (looking at Diamine “Scarlet”) nor the way the inks write. Granted I have only tried out 11 out of the 18 so I might have a fluke when I get around to the last 7 but I doubt it.
Sorry for dragging this on, I’ll talk about the ink now! 😉 So, Rohrer & Klingner Morinda. The ink comes in a 50 ml glass bottle with a really nice looking label and a tin cap to keep the ink from spilling (although I have seen their standard line-up with plastic caps). It doesn’t have a funky smell like some Diamine and Sailor inks do. What I find really nice and interesting is the color of this ink and how it looks under different lighting. I had a bad start with this ink when I first got it a couple years ago because when I inked my pen with it, it was after a long day’s work and it was already dark. So naturally I was in my room with my weak and warmed toned lights and when I wrote my first line I was really disappointed. 🙁 The ink appeared a brownish red to me and I remember saying out loud “This sucks!”. I wrote a couple of more lines, then put everything away and didn’t use it for the rest of the day. As I’m writing this review with the writing sample in front of me (it’s 6 PM at the moment) it looks exactly the same as I first saw it back then. However…
Hey guys! I’m sorry for the slow updates, life always finds a way to come between you and your hobbies. 😂 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.
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 😂 I was an English major and I like to babble about grammar, translation etc.
Good news everyone! These lovely inks are available from Pennonia as well starting from today. If you’re looking for permanent inks that don’t break the bank, are not iron gall and also have great colors then you found them. These can serve as alternatives to Rohrer & Klingner’s Dokumentus line which are basically the Bugattis of permanent inks with their ISO 12757-2 certification.
I’ll let Rohrer & Klingner describe their inks:
sketchINK® is a range of 10 inks for fountain pens. The broad range of colours offers outstanding versatility to its users. Not only can it be used on stylographs: sketchINK® can be used with quills or brushes as well. Moreover, it is exceptionally waterproof and lightfast. Nano pigments are used to enable an optimal ink flow. This makes sketchINK® perfect for drawing fine outlines, which take less time to dry and get ready to be painted over. For colouring, sketchINK® can be mixed with water to create brilliant highlights, making it the ideal companion for Urban Sketchers. Designers, graphic artists and architects will appreciate it as well.
Note that waterproof inks can cause clotting in fountain pens. To address this and for the daily care of your drawing equipment, we recommend that you clean your pens thoroughly after using the ink with either water or with a pen cleaning solution.
I did some glamour shots of these lovely bottles 😀 Check them out at the bottom 😉
What’s your favorite color out these? I’m personally in love with Marlene and Emma especially because I also love Alt-Goldgrun from them. Jule is also pretty interesting being a dull burgundy it feels like something you would expect from 100 year old ink to look like on some letter you found in grandma’s attic.
I’m happy to announce that the limited edition Rohrer & Klingner Aubergine fountain pen ink is available for sale at Pennonia! This year Rohrer & Klingner brought us a deep and dark purple color so that we can write our thoughts and notes down. Production is limited to about 2000 bottles worldwide so grab the limited color while stocks last!
It comes in a neat little paper roll and is also distinguished from the normal line up by a full color design of the label on the bottle.
Naturally I already tried out my own bottle and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the color of the ink. The inks flows and behaves just as good as any other Rohrer & Klingner does so no surprise there! I did try it out on numerous papers including Rhodia and Tomoe River 52 gsm and the ink does not sheen. Shading is also pretty limited, almost non-existent. As with almost all Rohrer & Klingner inks, Aubergine is also a bit more wet with less surface tension. This means that it flows easily out of the pen and I actually had trouble with this since if you combine a wet ink with a wet nib/feed then it will mean feathering. Usually Rhodia doesn’t feather but this ink has managed to do it.
You can also see this property in the ink swatch below as I used a dip pen to write the name of the ink on it and it clearly looks almost black while in reality if you use a normal pen with a standard nib size (i.e. Medium or below) you’ll probably get a really nice writing experience.
Here’s a writing test done on a Rhodia Dotpad 80 g/m2 (gsm) paper. The color of the ink in itself is beautiful. It’s not one of those highly saturated bright purples that you always see. It’s a really nice dark purple ink with nice shading and no sheen. I actually like that this ink doesn’t sheen because it’s normal color is really pleasant and I think it would detract from it.
I didn’t test dry times so unfortunately I can’t comment on that 🙁 . Sorry about that and I know it makes my review incomplete. On the other hand I did try a water resistance test and it’s not that great. If you’re looking for something that can withstand a spill, look elsewhere.
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