Blu Mare – Rohrer & Klingner

Rohrer & Klingner operates since 1892. At the moment it’s the fifth generation of the family that manages the company. I guess that after 122 years they know what they are doing.

R&K inks offer amazing quality for amazing price. In my country a bnottle of R&K ink costs 5-6 $. I know it’s a bit more expensive in America, yet I believe the price is still reasonable.

I find it interesting that Rohrer & Klingner seems to focus mainly on the content and not on the bottles. Inks come in industrial looking bottle taht is quite handy but there’s just nothing fancy about it. It’s surprising.


Anyway they offer eighteen colors, some stunning, some boring but all have good qualities and are easy to clean.


  1. Alt-bordeaux
  2. Alt-Goldgrun
  3. Blu Mare
  4. Blue Permanent
  5. Cassia
  6. Fernambuc
  7. Helianthus
  8. Leipziger-Schwarz
  9. Magenta
  10. Morinda
  11. Royal Blue
  12. Salix
  13. Scabiosa
  14. Sepia
  15. Smaragdgrun
  16. Solferino
  17. Verdigris
  18. Verdura

It’s time to re-review this inks.

Blu Mare is bright, cheerful colour that pops right off the page. It shades even in finer nibs going from a cerulean blue to a light shade bright blue-green. It shifts between a greener or bluer turquoise depending on the paper and nib you tend to use. The ink feels fairly lubricated and can be described as wet.

The dry time is medium length, reaching 15 seconds when the ink is used in wet nib on paper like Rhodia. It lacks water resistance but cleans nicely from the pen. Some feathering may be experienced on crappy paper (Moleskine and alikes).
Drops of ink on kitchen towel
Software ID
Color range
Tomoe River, Caran d’Ache Varius, broad nib
Leuchtturm1917, Kaweco Skyline Sport, double broad
 Maruman, Kaweco Skyline Sport, broad

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