Moody blue?: A short review of Rohrer & Klingner Verdigris ink

Röhrer & Klingner Verdigris
Röhrer & Klingner Verdigris

They say that you should never judge a book by its cover, and this is wise advice. It even extends in a way to inks and the bottles that they come in. I was tempted to use the title ‘ugly duckling’  when writing this review because of the transformation in my view as I got to grips with this ink. But more of that later, to business…

An ugly duckling?
An ugly duckling?

Presentation: This ink comes packaged in an erm….dare I say… ‘ugly’ bottle? I bought three of this series and they arrived packaged in a bland grey carton and my first reaction to the bottle was to wonder if I’d got the right stuff. Perhaps it is because we are getting used to being spoiled by the artistry of other ink bottles that this is a bit of a kick in the head. The bottle itself reminds me of something you might use to contain something foul smelling that you would rub on your chest to relieve a cough. At best it is functional, I would almost call it untimely, although in a perverse way it is growing on me because of this. The cap is a metallic grey and the glass a deep brown, with a label that extends right around the circumference of the bottle and includes  four languages! Guys it’s ink not nitro-glycerine.

ink test paper? Rhodia of course
ink test paper? Rhodia of course

On Test: Out of the bottle this ink quickly shrugs off any reservations I had on its presentation. Moody, nuanced, free-flowing and amazingly quick drying is how I would describe this ink in use. I tend toward using finer nibs so it is not always easy to assess an ink in terms of its shading, although this even using a Kaweco F nib shows a hint of shading. I have to come clean, I love this ink! It is brilliant! Buy some, do it now and see for yourself. While we are at it, this retails in the UK at a smidge under £4  ($6) for a 50ml bottle. Can you hear me Pilot? Pelikan,? Caran D’Arche et al? Less than £4 for a great ink! Other ink manufacturers please get a grip! Rohrer & Klingner I love you, whoever you are! Pen shops – stock this range of ink please…

A great German combination
A great German combination

Summary: This has rocketed into my most used ink list and is part of my daily carry. The colour is truly intense and full-bodied. The ink behaves extremely well and in my humble opinion should be on your shelf. It might not be stocked everywhere but I know that there are stockists in the UK and the US  online for definite. So go ahead and get some in!



8 thoughts on “Moody blue?: A short review of Rohrer & Klingner Verdigris ink

  1. Really nice article. I love R&K’s Scabiosa and this ink looks really interesting as well.
    Two things though:
    i) What’s with the Ös? Rohrer & Klingner doesn’t have any of those in it.
    ii) Why that old greek bible quote? Took me 15 min to decipher and translate that. I understand it has to do with writing, but you aren’t greek, are you?
    Cheers Alexander

    1. Hi Alexander, thanks for the comment, and yes you’re right there shouldn’t be an umlout over the ‘o’, my apologies, I dont know where that got into my brain.
      As for the Greek, no I’m English, the greek is Koiné Greek (New Testament) Greek which I studied
      Kind Regards

    1. Hi, thanks for the comment, the colour is great, I’m not sure about the translation of Verdigris… it sounds as though it should be green from the traditional etymology and can be associated with the colour of copper carbonate and/or copper chloride but certainly in my experience this ink isnt that light in colour. But hey buy one and see for yourself 🙂
      Kind Regards

      1. Look at an old copper roof – that’s the color! There are usually some lighter streaks as well, but with a heavily shading nib/paper combo you might almost be able to copy that! Great discussion, by the way!

  2. Hello – first time for me to read your Blog, foolwithapen! Good work, IMHO! Great review of one of my favorite inks. Maybe R&K packaging is not on par with Pilot Iroshizuku inks, but I believe this is simply due to a different attitude and target clientele – Pilot and many ink manufacturers/distributers aim at a boutique clientele and (successfully) entice us with snazzy ink wells. Rohrer & Klingner has a more trade/workmanlike attitude – utilitarian to the n-th degree, brown, light-shielding bottle (effectively preventing us inkophiles from even guessing at what color’s inside), and economy cap. But I have not used a single ink from R&K that did not convince, and am currently using 5 in my rotation! If you’d like to try more of their range, check out Brian Goulet’s excellent reviews and swabs at here in the US – you get a good guess at the colors from his swabs.

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