Never look a gift horse in the mouth… ‘ what my mum used to say. So when offered a free bottle of ink out of the blue who am I to refuse? So it duly arrived and I thought I would review it after I opened it, used it yesterday and thought wow what a colour! So without gilding the lily and with no more ado I give you Solferino by Rohrer & Klingner. (R&K).. hope you enjoy it!
Presentation: As I’ve said before, R&K inks come in a somewhat industrial looking bottle, and that’s OK as it’s the ink I’m really interested in. In some ways it’s quite counter-cultural in the days of expensively priced inks and their bottles. The R&K approach is different, the emphasis is only on the ink itself which can’t be faulted.
On Test: I used my usual review combination of Rhodia 5×5 dot grid paper and my vintage Mentmore auto-flow fountain pen to review this ink. The Mentmore has a soft 14k gold nib that I find great for checking inks out. It is a very wet writer that shows the shading characteristics of any ink to the full. Even so I was slightly unprepared for quite how saturated and bright this colour is. It really pops off the page! it is a very bright purple, bordering on magenta.
The ink exhibits some great shading characteristics, dries acceptably quickly and though perhaps not the most subtle of shades makes up for this in its boldness and enthusiasm.
Summary: I really enjoyed reviewing this ink. It is a bold, in your face sort of colour that is fun to use. I’m not all that into bright purple inks as a rule but this performs so well and is so reasonably priced (£3.99 for 50ml over here in the UK) that this will definitely be a keeper!