review: rohrer & klingner verdigris - ink between the teeth

Apr 30, 2018

review: rohrer & klingner verdigris

Here's another blue ink for your consideration!

I purchased this ink when Massdrop had a discounted set of three bottles available in fall of last year. I chose Alt-Goldgrün, Verdigris, and Alt-Bordeaux: two inks I've tried before, and one I haven't.

Rohrer & Klingner come in 50ml glass bottles with a sticker label on them. Usefully, the border around the brand and name is the same color as the ink. Rohrer & Klingner is made in Germany, and parts of the label are in German as well as English, French, and Italian. There's nothing interesting to write about the bottles; they do what they're supposed to do.

The caps aren't my favorite, because they're quite thin and will bend if you squeeze them. For some reason, ink tends to get trapped on the bottle's threads more often than with other inks I have; my bottle of Alt-goldgrün practically showers my desk with little bits of dried ink when I open it. I think you would do well with wiping the bottle opening clean once in a while.

Verdigris is the color of that turquoise-colored patina that forms on some metals, like copper and brass. This may lead you to expect that bright, almost neon color, but Rohrer & Kligner's version of verdigris definitely isn't that. It's more like a deep, dark blue.
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This scan isn't even close, so here's a picture of it in natural light.
This ink boggled me for a little while, and it took me forever to realize why. I actually did two different written reviews of this ink, because for some reason I remembered it as being closer to a dark teal than a dark blue. I finally realized that this is a color changing ink: it goes down as a dark blue-green and dries into the blue you see here. It's a really cool effect, though I prefer the ink when its wet than when it's dry.

This ink has no resistance to water, and it takes a while to dry. Verdigris does sheen, but there isn't enough of it in regular use for me to call it a sheening ink. I was wondering if I should call this a shading ink or not. In a pen that can maintain a nice, wet flow, it has no shading at all and a little bit of sheen. In a drier pen, it has a lot of shading and no sheen. I guess this ink is really just indicative of how the pen you use can change the properties of a given ink.
Verdigris, like I mentioned before, is a little wetter than average. In my Nemosine Singularity, already on the wetter side, it was practically a gusher and wrote very smoothly. I do love my pen and ink combination on the wetter side, so this was perfect for me. If you prefer your writing experience a bit drier, I would suggest putting this ink in a pen that writes a little drier than you prefer.
I compare this ink to a couple of different colors. Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo is probably the closest out of the five I have here, though it's just a bit less dark and not quite as green. Diamine  Teal and Noodler's Air Corp Blue Black are both deeper and more green. J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor is more green, and it also has gold sparkles. Sailor Jentle Yama-dori is lighter and more turquoise.

I'm a big fan of Verdigris; it's an ink I tried out as a sample and decided to order a bottle of. I really love blues, so this ink was right up my alley. Verdigris is an incredibly interesting ink too, which makes me love it even more. I think you could say that I would definitely re-order this ink if I needed to (since I technically already have!).

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