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Moving Excitement: Rohrer & Klingner Giveaway

It’s been a quiet few days here on the blog, mostly due to a series of unfortunate events, culminating in a horrific accident with a stroller and the camera. I would post a photo, but (aside from having no camera but my phone…) the pictures would make you gasp and cringe.

The good news is that we have a giveaway here for you! We’re trying to get the word out that we are moving, so please share with any pen friends you have! Stay tuned; we’ve got a few more fun surprises ahead.

One of the first line of inks I ever used, and also one of the first lines we brought into the shop when we first started this business is Rohrer & Klingner. It’s a rainbow of easy to clean, easy to write with inks (although pay a little extra mind for Salix + Scabiosa, iron galls!), and to this day, has some of my favourite inks.

If I had to choose my favourite, which is a bit like asking a mother to choose her favourite child (for me, a tie between the baby and Super), I would have to say I am partial to Salix, Konigsblau, Leipziger Schwarz, Blu Mare, Scabiosa, and, of course, Alt-Gold grun. Interestingly, I have never tried Sepia, but it’s on my list.

Rohrer & Klingner Inks from Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca

There are only 17 inks in the photo because I couldn’t find the 18th, but you will get 18!


If you’ve had a hard time deciding which Rohrer & Klingner ink to try next, you’re in luck! We’re giving away a complete set – 18 inks – to add to your collection. You can tell me how you like the Sepia.

To enter, leave a comment below! It’ll be hard to resist, but please only enter once 🙂

Canadian friends only.
Contest closes 11:59 PM EST on March 24th, 2015. Winner announced March 25th, 2015.

For an extra chance to win, consider visiting us on Instagram! We’re giving away a complete set of inks here on the blog, and another set on Instagram.

Rohrer & Klingner Verdigris


I’m a big fan of Rohrer & Klingner inks: Alt-Goldgrun, Leipziger Schwarz, Konigsblau, Salix…the list goes on. I like their colours are just a little unusual – their Leipziger Schwarz has just a hint of a bluish black to it to give it a bit of character, Alt-Goldgrun is a green in its own class. Jon keeps reminding me that I need to branch out, and I’m working on it…


Rohrer & Klingner’s Verdigris is another of these inks that just has a hint of something interesting to it- it’s a bluish teal colour, kind of a blue-green, not quite your standard dark blue ink.

The word verdigris refers to the patina through oxidization of copper or brass or metals, and the Wikipedia page for this term actually has a picture of the Statue of Liberty as a reference, which is almost turquoise. While the ink isn’t supposed to really be a true blue, it can look like a dark blue in writing with a nib if you just glance at it.


It’s got very good drying time, even on Rhodia paper (like this review), and it’s a “serious” ink, so it’s an option for the workplace. It won’t be terrific on cheaper papers, but it’s not bad with feather or bleedthrough – I would consider this a fairly well-behaved ink. However, if you are using it with considerably cheaper paper, you may want to consider a finer nib. It is not very water resistant at all, although it may stand up to a few splashes of coffee.


It’s a pretty good shader, especially as you get to the broader nibs, but even on finer nibs, there’s a bit of character. While a lot of artists and writers come in needing the darkest black, without a hint of shading, I think I have a soft spot for shading inks,


The pen used is a Kaweco Student with a medium nib, but of course many of Kaweco’s pens share this nib, including the Sport, Al-Sport, Allrounder and Dia2. I’ve found this pen to be a bit on the wet side, but Verdigris is also a bit on the wet side in terms of flow.

Maybe because I work in a pen store so I see all kinds of inks all the time, but I generally like inks that have just a little something different about them. Verdigris is a great ink in terms of being able to be used in different situations (good flow, dries quickly, doesn’t bleed or feather too much) while still having a bit of character to it.

*My photos have cut out the attribution for this excerpt- it’s from Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Place’s You’ll Go!

Rohrer & Klingner Konigsblau


Rohrer & Klingner inks are some of my favourites. They are not a very flashy ink company, although they are better known for their iron gall inks (Salix & Scabiosa) as well as their super shading Alt Goldgrun.


Konigsblau is one of my favourite blues because it’s a very pleasant royal blue. With so many ultra saturated and unusual inks that pop, it’s sometimes nice to have just a standard, everyday blue ink.


I use it a lot for everyday writing. It has generally very good behaviour on most papers, is easy to clean out, shades quite a bit. That’s not to say a lack of strikes against it suffices to make it a wonderful ink – it’s just a really great overall ink. The best part of this ink is that there is just a touch of sheen to it! It’s sometimes not very noticeable with finer nibs (the writing sample above is a Lamy medium nib), although if you glance at it in the right light, you can see it. In an Ahab flex fountain pen, with much more ink on the page, the sheen is much more prominent.


Sheen is when, after the ink has dried, you can see a bit of reflection or shine that’s usually in a different colour. In the photo below, you can see a hint of purplish red at the tops and edges of the lines, where the ink has pooled.


I always see wonderful pictures people take of sheen in inks, and I was having a hard time with my camera, but I hope you can see what I’m getting at.

Getting some sheen out of your inks depends a great deal on your paper not being very absorbent. If the ink is absorbed into the paper too much, it will look much flatter. This writing sample was done on Life Japanese Stationery Stenographer pad, but other good papers to test for sheen on include Rhodia, Clairefontaine or other Life Japanese Stationery paper.

I do get asked quite a bit which inks have sheen in them, because it’s an unusual feature of fountain pen ink that you just don’t get with gel pens or your average ballpoint.

Rohrer & Klingner Konigsblau Bottled Ink at Wonderpens.ca

Rohrer & Klingner Konigsblau Bottled Ink


Other inks with sheen include:

Sailor Sky High
Sailor Grenade
Sailor Epinard
Sailor Sei Boku
Private Reserve DC Electric Blue
Private Reserve Naples Blue
Private Reserve Ebony Blue