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Rohrer & Klingner Solferino Fountain Pen Ink: Weekly Review & Giveaway

This week’s ink review and giveaway with Pen Chalet features Rohrer & Klingner Solferino fountain pen ink! We hope you’re ready to hear all about it!

Rohrer & Klingner (R&K) Solferino fountain pen ink is one of 17 bright, vibrant colors offered by this historic ink manufacturer (actively producing ink since 1892). Rohrer & Klingner inks are manufactured and imported directly from Germany (they don’t work with a US distributor).

Rohrer & Klingner fountain pen inks are well balanced, easy to use, and easy to clean. Take advantage of the opportunity to get all the details on this week’s featured ink, Rohrer & Klingner Solferino, right here! Plus – take a second to enter to win the bottle used for this week’s review. Enter below, and good luck! Now keep reading for all the little details.

All About the Ink Maker: Rohrer & Klingner

Rohrer & Klinger (R&K), established in 1892, offers 17 different ink colors, including two Iron Gall colors: Salix and Scabiosa. They are also, obviously, the maker of this week’s ink review and giveaway feature: Solferino ink.

All About This Week’s Chosen Ink: R&K Solferino Ink

R&K Solferino Fountain Pen Ink is one of the company’s 17 vibrant fountain pen ink colors. Solferino is a very bright, powerful purple color, more in line with Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Budo ink, or Platinum Silky Purple ink rather than the more violet-purple inks available with Visconti Purple ink or Pelikan Violet ink or some of the more dark, deep, mountain purple inks.

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Rohrer & Klingner Solferino Fountain Pen Ink

Rohrer & Klingner Solferino Fountain Pen Ink

R&K Solferino Fountain Pen Ink Review

During our review, we took R&K’s Solferino Fountain Pen Ink and tested it for all the characteristics you need to know before you decide to add another ink to your collection. Run through the list below, so you have the info you need to make an informed decision next time you’re choosing an ink brand or a new color of ink for everyday use or a particular project.

Ink Review Testing Factors (to keep things scientific):

In the interest of keeping things scientific, we’re listing our controls for our weekly ink reviews right here for your info. For our review of Rohrer & Klingner Solferino Fountain Pen Ink, we used a French-made J Herbin spiral glass dip pen on Rhodia dot pad paper. The glass dip pen’s tip is similar to a fine-medium fountain pen nib.

Don’t forget – different papers and nib sizes may produce different results. Remember this when deciding whether or not to add Rohrer & Klingner Solferino Ink to your collection!

What Sort of Ink Bottle Does Rohrer & Klingner Use?

Rohrer & Klingner Solferino ink comes in a very basic 50 ml. round medicine style glass bottle. It isn’t necessarily unique or distinguishable in any way, but it’s quite functional with a large lid with easy access to the ink. The company does not use outer packaging for their ink products at all.

How Much Does R&K Solferino Ink Cost?

Rohrer & Klingner Solferino ink is available in the 50 ml. bottle at an economical price. For current pricing, check the current product listing at

How Fast Does Rohrer & Klingner Solferino Fountain Pen Ink Dry?

Rohrer & Klingner Solferino ink had a dry time of approximately 5-6 seconds during our ink review, which is reasonably quick. We generally consider any dry time from 7-8 seconds as reasonable for everyday use. So, we categorize Rohrer & Klingner Solferino ink as a good option for daily use in the home or office.

Does Rohrer & Klingner Solferino Fountain Pen Ink Bleed Through?

During normal use, we saw no bleeding. During the heavy saturated cotton swab test, we did see some bleeding, but only at the wettest points.

Was There Any Feathering While Using R&K Solferino Fountain Pen Ink?

During normal use, we saw no feathering. We only saw slight feathering during the water test.

How Does R&K Solferino Fountain Pen Ink Stand Up to Water?

While this week’s ink is not waterproof, we did include a water test in the review. (For the water test, we let an ink sample dry for about 3 minutes before running a wet cotton swab over the sample). The water test resulted in significant color smearing and some slight feathering, but the lines were still legible. (We’ve said this before in past reviews, but it bears noting again; the water test results were not unexpected since this is not a waterproof ink).

Does R&K Solferino Fountain Pen Ink Have Good Shading Traits?

If you have a nib that allows good ink flow variation (like the stub or italic nib), Rohrer & Klingner Solferino ink has some slight shading traits. You can see a lighter purple shade to a deeper color of vibrant purple.

Final Conclusion on Rohrer & Klingner Solferino Ink:

Rohrer & Klingner Solferino Ink is an economical ink choice from a well-regarded, historic German ink company. The bright, vibrant purple color is an excellent choice amid R&K’s 17 color options (with 2 Iron Gall ink colors). Fountain pen users will find R&K’s Solferino ink offers a very reasonable dry time (under 10 seconds).

If you are looking for a bright purple high-performance fountain pen ink that is easy to clean and easy to use, you can’t do better than R&K’s Solferino ink. Happy writing from Germany!

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4 years ago

Would love to get to know more about the Bungubox inks!

Dan Clague
4 years ago

This is a beaut! Would like to see purple Martin from noodlers

John Stein
4 years ago

R&K inks look nice! I’ve not seen them in person before.

Ged Alangui
4 years ago

Current favorite fountain pen ink is Edelstein’s Star Ruby

Talia Sommer
4 years ago

This ink is beautiful.

4 years ago

Thank you for yet another thorough review. I love the look of this ink and I think the wife would too.

Jovan Trujillo
4 years ago

Looks awesome!

Pastor Ron Parish
4 years ago

I do like R&K ink. Would you please review some of the old standby inks such as Waterman, Parker and Sheaffer?

4 years ago

People really do win these contests

4 years ago

I only have 1 R&K in and I love it’s qualities. I think I’d add a drop of blue to this purple.

4 years ago

Oh wow, that is an amazing purple! I’d love to get a really intense purple like that.

Janice Wollaber
4 years ago

Purple is my favorite. I can never have enough different purples and I don’t have this one.

4 years ago

I’d love to see Noodler’s Tiananmen!

Jaclynn Aricheta
4 years ago

This is a pretty color.

4 years ago

This is way more vibrant than Scabiosa.

Roy C
4 years ago

Still looking for a nice purple for my purple eco.

Janice Wollaber
4 years ago

I can never have too many purples!

Steven Gordon
4 years ago

I recently ordered a sample of R&K Solferino and loved it! Even though I don’t typically mess around in this area of the color gamut, I burned through the little vial in no time, and then promptly added Solferino to the middle/top of my Bottle Acquisition Wishlist 🙂