Rohrer & Klingner Morinda

11 Oct

After putting up my last R&K review, I realized that some of you may not be familiar with this line of inks. Below is a blurb from their website:

With this range that contains 18 tones of writing inks for fountain pens and quills, Rohrer & Klingner continues an old tradition of ink production. Apart from classical tones (including two iron gall inks), several new colors are
available, that have been developed for the primary purpose of calligraphy. On a traditional basis, R & K inks are produced with modern raw materials.

Rohrer & Klingner inks feature high-class, brilliant colorants, specially treated water and minimal amounts of additives. This well-balanced composition causes the optimal capillarity of the inks and the accordingly good writing conduct. It is suitable for pens, quills and other calligraphy utensils. Economical and ecological reasons make piston-filler pens and
convertible pens particularly attractive. The convertible pen features a separate tank with a piston-filler.

On most writing surfaces (including paper) R & K ink adheres well and, according to its capillarity, quick. Each of the Rohrer & Klingner inks are treated with high quality, pleasant dyes, that feature both a high brilliance and a well-balanced intensity. The colors of the iron gall inks intensifies when it oxidizes on the air; Hence, writings with those inks are considered permanent, the historical term being “archivally safe”.

I’m not the biggest fan of reddish inks, so the first time I tried this ink I did not like it. I’ve since warmed up to it quite a bit.

As with all reds in my ink collection, this one is destined for use as a grading, marginalia, and editing ink. I just can’t see red any other way. As a grading ink I’d say this one is pretty good. It’s not overly bright, but stands out in a sea of black. The only problem is that it can be washed away with ease.

I’m not sure I’ve ever tried a color like this. There’s something vaguely orange about it, but not enough to really call it a red-orange. Perhaps it can be described as a lighter redder duskier version of Diamine Monaco Red? Or a duskier darker version of Iroshizuku Fuyu-Gaki?

The Details

  • No feathering or bleeding
  • Good flow and lubrication
  • Saturation is average to medium high.
  • Fast drying time with this very fine nib
  • Little to no shading (at least with this pen)
  • Not waterproof or water resistant. Washed dead away.

(Click to enlarge and sharpen the image)

This ink sample was sent to my for review by Ryan at Pear Tree Pens. I am not otherwise affiliated with them.

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