A popping purple: A short review of Rohrer & Klingner ‘Solferino’ ink

solferinoNever 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!

AFWAP

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16 thoughts on “A popping purple: A short review of Rohrer & Klingner ‘Solferino’ ink

  1. The image of the bottle shows the reddish iron-gall ink of Rohrer & Klingner called Scabiosa (very nice as well). When I saw “Iron-Gall” on the image I was slightly irritated, because that colour clearly isn’t … I guess you just wanted to show the type of industrial design bottle.
    Anyway: Nice review, I may give Solferino a try soon
    GV

    1. Well spotted, yup it was merely the type of bottle I was showing. I happen to have loaned the solferino ink and it’s bottle out…

  2. Holy smokes. That’s a popping purple indeed. I’m tempted to track down a sample of this ink, but I don’t know when I’d use it. Good for love letters I guess, and it’ll DEFINITELY make your work stand out in school or the office 🙂

    1. Thanks for the comment mate. It is very nice, I’m away for a bit but when I get back I’ll send you a sample if you like 🙂

      1. If it’s not much bother. Just a small one will do. I doubt I’ll be using gallons of bright purple. I haven’t even started on the brown ink you sent over, but I have been making regular use of the Oyster grey at work.

      2. I’ll send some as soon as I get back… I’m using quite a bit of the Tsukushi…

  3. It’s a beautiful color; I like to use these in my demonstrator, but I have found that some of the reds and purples can stain the clear barrel. I don’t much care since I am a user, not really a collector, but I understand if you don’t keep the ink in the pen too long it is usually not so much of a problem (though it did stain the section of my Pelikan M200 demonstrator).

  4. I wonder if diluting this with water would look good, since the color is pretty saturated…have you experienced any staining of your pen? I’m buying a demonstrator that I planned on using with this ink but I wouldn’t want to immediately ruin my new pen.

  5. I wonder if diluting this with water would look good, since the color is pretty saturated…have you experienced any staining of your pen? I’m buying a demonstrator that I planned on using with this ink but I wouldn’t want to immediately ruin my new pen.

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