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This Saturday was the October edition of the Singapore Fountain Pen Lovers meetup, held at The Tea Party cafe at the Biopolis area. Sponsored by Fook Hing Trading Co, this edition of the meetup involved a nice line of Rohrer & Klingner inks. Which of course had the chance to be duly tested.

For more on how the event went, I would direct you to the fine coverage provided by OnFountainPens.

For everything else, the ink tests are included below:

Rohrer & Klinger Cassia

Cassia is a lovely rich purple, with a subtle sheen of green when applied generously to a reasonably resistant paper. I would almost lick this, apart from the fact that I do recognize at an intellectual level that this will not actually taste like Cassia.

Shading – Some
Bleedthrough – Limited
Feathering – None
Sheen – Metallic green
Smear Resistance – Scant
Drip Resistance – Nonexistent
Flow – Wet/Normal

Rohrer & Klinger Fernambuk

Fernambuk is a pinkish red and otherwise somewhat unremarkable.

Shading – Some
Bleedthrough – Limited
Feathering – None
Sheen – None
Smear Resistance – Scant
Drip Resistance – Nonexistent
Flow – Wet/Normal

Rohrer & Klinger Golden Green

Golden Green appears to be something of a crowd favorite for reasons I cannot fathom. That said, it does have something of a tendency to bleed into the paper, though nothing too dreadful. It is a reasonably dry ink, which some may appreciate.

Shading – Pronounced
Bleedthrough – Moderate
Feathering – Grows roots in paper when laid on thickly
Sheen – None
Smear Resistance – Scant
Drip Resistance – Nonexistent
Flow – Normal

Rohrer & Klinger Helianthus

Ah Helianthus. The first time I tried this sunflower ink, it was the most dreadful thing ever. It still is. Orangey-red, but oh so wet and incredibly bleedy. I would probably mix this with something else, but I do not really see a use for it by itself.

Shading – Some
Bleedthrough – Dreadful
Feathering – Absurd
Sheen – None
Smear Resistance – You’re kidding right?
Drip Resistance – Nonexistent
Flow – Probably doesn’t get wetter than this

Rohrer & Klinger Leipsician Black

Leipsician Black was slightly disappointing, as I did harbor hopes that it would be somewhat water resistant. That said, it is a slightly bluish black with good coverage, and generally does what it says on the bottle.

Shading – None
Bleedthrough – Limited
Feathering – Limited
Sheen – None
Smear Resistance – Nonexistent
Drip Resistance – Nonexistent
Flow – Wet/Normal

Rohrer & Klinger Magenta

Magenta is pretty much what you expect a Magenta to be. It is also on the dry side.

Shading – Limited
Bleedthrough – Limited
Feathering – None
Sheen – None
Smear Resistance – Scant
Drip Resistance – Nonexistent
Flow – Dry

Rohrer & Klinger Morinda

Ah Morinda. I tend to have a soft spot for blood red inks, and this one comes close. It is somewhat on the wet side, and does feather slightly.

Shading – Limited
Bleedthrough – Limited
Feathering – Grows roots in paper when laid on thickly
Sheen – None
Smear Resistance – Scant
Drip Resistance – Nonexistent
Flow – Wet

Rohrer & Klinger Old Bordeaux

Old Bordeaux will remind people of the times when one has to clean red wine stains out of the carpet, failed and were forced to stare at the old Bordeaux stains that just refuse to go away.

Shading – Moderate
Bleedthrough – None
Feathering – None
Sheen – None
Smear Resistance – Scant
Drip Resistance – Nonexistent
Flow – Normal

Rohrer & Klinger Permanent Blue

Permanent Blue. Never a more misleading name, being of the vein of “Permanent” as defined by Parker whereby inks insist on being more permanent on one’s clothing than it is on paper. This ink shows no signs of useful water resistance, for those who are prone to wishful thinking, as I am prone to be.

Shading – None
Bleedthrough – None
Feathering – None
Sheen – None
Smear Resistance – Limited
Drip Resistance – Scant
Flow – Normal

Rohrer & Klinger Royal Blue

Royal Blue, which would be familiar to all. This has the classic purple sheen of pretty much all Royal Blues I’ve seen around, and would surprise none, which is probably a good thing. Also something on the dry side.

Shading – Slight
Bleedthrough – Some, actually noticeably purple
Feathering – None
Sheen – Metallic purple
Smear Resistance – Scant
Drip Resistance – Nonexistent
Flow – Dry

Rohrer & Klinger Sea Blue

Sea Blue. Ordinarily I would be unimpressed by a blue that does not dare to be blue enough. However, something of this particular color does tantalize. It is also slightly dry, as would be ironic for something that purports to be of the sea. It does bleed somewhat.

Shading – Moderate
Bleedthrough – Slight
Feathering – None
Sheen – Very faint metallic purple
Smear Resistance – Scant
Drip Resistance – Nonexistent
Flow – Dry

Rohrer & Klinger Solferino

Solferino is an ink after my own heart. A dry ink that provides lovely hairlines, and a purple that is reminiscent of Pilot Iroshizuku’s Yama Budo…with the addition of copious amounts of golden sheen (that can look greenish under some lighting, as evidenced in this scan). While my personal preference is for waterproof inks, the combination of coloration properties peculiar to this ink do beseech me to add it to my favored list of inks.

Shading – None
Bleedthrough – None
Feathering – None
Sheen – Spectacular metallic gold-green
Smear Resistance – Moderate
Drip Resistance – Nonexistent
Flow – Dry

Rohrer & Klinger Verdigris

Verdigris is a color that reminds me of bronze cannon weathered by the sea. Unfortunately it does appear to be misnamed for I find it more towards the blue end of the spectrum than it should be. I would have expected a particular greenish grey unique to the color, which, incidentally, is its namesake. It is a nice greyish blue, however, and slightly prone to bleeding.

Shading – Very slight
Bleedthrough – None
Feathering – Only when laid on thick
Sheen – None
Smear Resistance – Moderate
Drip Resistance – Nonexistent
Flow – Dry

Rohrer & Klinger Verdure

Verdure is an ink that aspires to the likes of Grav von Faber-Castell’s Moss Green but falls short in pretty much every way. It being overly bleedy and particularly wet will make for a fussy ink, of which its coloration does not seem sufficiently complex to compensate for this very distinct shortcoming.

Shading – Moderate
Bleedthrough – It’s bad.
Feathering – This baby has roots
Sheen – None
Smear Resistance – Moderate
Drip Resistance – Nonexistent
Flow – Wet/Normal

Rohrer & Klinger Viridian Green

Virdian Green is the counterpart to Verdure further along the blue end of the spectrum and is overall the better behaved sibling. It bleeds slightly, and just almost has its own signature, but remains generally uninteresting.

Shading – Moderate
Bleedthrough – None
Feathering – None
Sheen – None
Smear Resistance – Moderate
Drip Resistance – Nonexistent
Flow – Dry/Normal

Scabiosa is an iron gall ink which is put down as a rich greyish purple, but rapidly oxidizes to a grey with a hint of purple (evidenced by the color spreading from the watered ink test) that can appear black when laid down thickly. This is somewhat disappointing considering the rather waterproof nature of this particular offering.

Shading – Slight
Bleedthrough – None
Feathering – None whatsoever
Sheen – None
Smear Resistance – Slight color bleed
Drip Resistance – Slight color bleed
Flow – Dry

Salix is another iron gall offering which is laid on as a surprisingly light greyish blue, which darkens as it oxidizes. It retains a rather nice blue grey that does not have shades of green in it. This ink is extremely resistant to water damage, as is evidenced in the blob tests.

Shading – Slight
Bleedthrough – None
Feathering – None whatsoever
Sheen – None
Smear Resistance – Practically nonexistent color bleed
Drip Resistance – Practically nonexistent color bleed
Flow – Dry

Rohrer & Klingner Sepia

Sepia is an earthy dusky brown which is reminiscent of dry potting mix. While unremarkable in tonality, it is noticeably dry as can be compared to the iron gall inks above, and is actually a good performer in the smear test for a non-waterproof ink. If one seeks a more solemn brown that can perhaps be used in fairly formal business settings, I would pick this ink (assuming waterproofness is not a major concern)

Shading – Slight
Bleedthrough – None
Feathering – None sir
Sheen – None
Smear Resistance – Moderate, affected legibility
Drip Resistance – Moderate, with noticeable color bleed
Flow – Dry

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