Rohrer & Klingner Verdura – Sponsored By JetPens!

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I’m incredibly excited to be debuting my first SPONSORED ink review! The ink for this review was graciously provided by JetPens.com. This particular ink is a very bright, happy light(ish) green with good shading and consistent performance. You can find it for sale on JetPens.com, right here.

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Here are some comparisons with other green inks:

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And some not so green (disregard the typo about blue ink):

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And on some common papers:

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And lastly, the torture tests. Though it fought admirably against acetone and alcohol, it didn’t fair well at all against water and ammonia (and, of course, bleach obliterated it, but that’s hardly uncommon for most inks). The faint writing on the bottom of the page reads “Ten Minute Soak”. Obviously this ink wasn’t meant for Seattle.

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So, if I had to nitpick, what would I change about it?

Well, I’m a big sheen fan, so obviously I’d love it to have more of that, but the fact that it doesn’t isn’t a negative in and of itself. I have found that, with the exception of their iron gall inks, Rohrer & Klingner inks seem to be more prone to feathering than most other “up market” inks, even on Rhodia. Feathering is one thing, but bleedout just annoys the heck out of me (see the “Brause” sample). Again, this seems pretty common with R&K inks.

I like to again thank JetPens for making this review possible! I’ve been a loyal customer of theirs for years, and in fact my very first bottle of fountain ink was purchased from them—J. Herbin Vert Réséda (along with several Brause nibs that thoroughly annoyed me until I figured out how to play them like Charlie Daniels plays his fiddle). I don’t take recommending online shops lightly, and there are few that I will do business with on a regular basis, and JetPens has been one of those, years before I was contacted about a sponsored review. :)

Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Goldgrün

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Most of my favorite inks belong in the “useful” category, meaning that I can use them at work and people won’t say “Wow, why are you writing with mercurochrome?” (Thank you, Noodler’s Dragon’s Napalm) But, despite looking like you’re writing with a dilution of chlorophyll, Alt-Goldgrün is definitely one of my favorite inks.

On good paper it’s almost whimsical, like you’re writing with liquid forest.

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Hard Rubber Watermans: A Family Portrait

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Here’s my collection of hard rubber and overlay Watermans.

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From left to right:

Red Ripple/”Woodgrain”: 56, 55, 55, 52, 52, 52½, 52V, 52½V, 52½V, 52½V, 52½V, 51V

Olive Ripple: 94

BluGreen Ripple: 52V, 52V

Cardinal: 52V, 52½V, 52½V

Overlays: 0552½V, 0552½V, 452½V, 452½V, 452½V, 442½V

Black HR: 0755 (kind of merged into the next), 55, 52, 52, 52, 52, 12, 14, 12, 12, 54V, 52V, 12V PSF, 52½V, 52½V, 0942½V

Iroshizuku Syo-ro

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On the surface Syo-ro is very simlar to Ku-jaku, but Syo-ro is closer to a deep-yet-bright forest green. Though I prefer Ku-jake, I LOVE both.

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Noodler’s Baystate Cranberry

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Not as well behaved as Baystate Blue, not as bright as other vibrant pinks. Bleedthrough problems, bleedout problems, and holy feathering, Batman! Skip this one—there are much better bright pinks out there.

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Waterman Absolute Brown

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One of my favorite brown inks, this is fantastically well behaved, just the rest of Waterman’s inks.

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Akkerman Shocking Blue

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There are rumors that Diamine makes all of Akkerman’s inks, and debate within those rumors as to whether they are simply re-branded or slightly altered version of Diamine inks. Either way, this ink is very nice.

But it’s also VERY similar to Diamine Majestic Blue…

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