Rohrer and Klingner: Scabiosa
Rohrer and Klingner was launched in SA by Write Gear this last month and I couldn’t wait to give it a try. One of the big reasons for this was that this particular brand has two waterproof inks available, Scaboisa being one of them.
Its a 50ml bottle with a neck that is wide enough to fit my biggest pen, so filling is super easy.
I think this must be one of my favourite ink bottles. It’s so old school and immediately makes me think of those old calligraphy bibles. The inks are made in Germany, and the label reflects that all round. There is also writing in English and what I am guessing is French and Italian.
Scabiosa is an iron gall based ink that is waterproof and a hundred percent fountain pen safe! How awesome is that?? So basically I can finally address envelopes with this ink, and not be afraid that the address will disappear into oblivion. It also helps for those super important notes – i’m unbelievably accident prone – so notes and coffee = no, just no.
This colour reminds me off eggplant/aubergine skin, it has the beautiful smoky purple colour that shades from light to a really dark and intense purple. The shading really comes out when using a calligraphy nib. It also writes really smooth, it just seemed to glide out of my pen onto the paper. No bleed-through was also a big positive for me.
The water resistance of this ink is amazing, a little of the purple washes out, but nothing major. Everything remains perfectly legible.
All in all I really like this ink, both the colour and the way it writes. The Rohrer & Klinger range of colours appeals to me as a whole – and if they all write as beautifully, its a brand that will be quite high on my recommendation list.
I bought mine at Write Gear (Shocker I Know) for R 99 – as always the link is below: