Alt-Bordeaux 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.

Alt-Bordeaux a pleasant wine color that leans strongly toward purple. There’s noticeable shading and the flow is moderataly wet. The ink isn’t heavily saturated but I’m not sure if I could call it muted or subdued. I guess in some pens it tends to look flat. It is very easy to clean out of your pen.

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, Lamy 2000, medium nib
Leuchtturm1917, Kaweco Skyline Sport, double broad
 Maruman, Kaweco Skyline Sport, broad

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