This 50mL bottle of Rohrer & Klingner Eisen-Gallus-Tinte Salix was one of my recent purchased from our friends at JetPens. As a quick housekeeping note before we dig into the review, this product was provided as part of our sponsorship with Jetpens, but that in on way influences the opinions on this ink that you will read on the following review. With that out of the way, lets take a look at this great looking ink.
Taking a look inside the bottle of Rohrer & Klingner Eisen-Gallus-Tinte Salix you can see the very dark almost black look of the ink, but on the inside of the cap you can get a better sense of the great looking dark blue that you will enjoy when actually writing with this ink. Some of the great qualities about this ink are that its actually made by hand, uses a minimal amount of artificial ingredients, and is of archival quality. One thing you will want to note though is that you should not keep it stored in a pen for a long period of time. I’ve seen estimates of anywhere from 1-4 weeks as the recommended length of time to keep it in a pen.
With that said, I was a little hesitant about using the Rohrer & Klingner Eisen-Gallus-Tinte Salix in my Pelikan M205 Demonstrator for fear of it staining and damaging the pen, so I’ll be using it for another few days and then promptly giving it a good cleaning. The image above of the ink on the nib is a little bit forced, so I don’t want to give the impression that there is a ton of nib creep with this ink because in fact there was minimal if any at all. I just liked the way the “Pelikan” lettering and the rest of the nib looked with the ink covering it.
Rohrer & Klingner Eisen-Gallus-Tinte Salix Writing Sample:
Writing with the Rohrer & Klingner Eisen-Gallus-Tinte Salix was even better than I anticipated, even with the good things I’ve heard about their inks and my experience with one of their inks in the past. The ink flows very smoothly and consistently in both my Pelikan M205 and M805 which is pictured above. The color has an appearance of a navy blue with a touch of grey too it for a nice warm feel. I found that the ink writes a bit on the dry side, which I happen to like. It never felt like it was so dry that it was skipping, but it seemed to just flow perfectly without getting too wet in both of these pens.
In this scan of my Rohrer & Klingner Eisen-Gallus-Tinte Salix Rhodia writing sample in a Rhodia Webbie, you can get a good sense of the blueish grey of this ink, although the ivory paper itself looks a bit odd for some reason The majority of this writing sample was done with a Pelikan M805 with a Medium nib and it was by far one of the smoothest writing experiences I’ve had in a while. With the medium nib there is a nice bit of subtle shading that you get too.
When using the Rohrer & Klingner Eisen-Gallus-Tinte Salix in my favorite Black n’ Red notebook with bright white paper, the ink really showed up nicely. It still maintained its smooth flowing but dry feeling across this paper, and even with a more narrow nib you can still see hints of shading. I forgot to mention that this ink is waterproof too. I did a quick smear test with a dab of water, and other than a VERY faint hint of blue, the writing remained about 99.9% in its original form. Overall I cant say enough about the good looks and the performance of this ink. Just remember to be careful and not leave it in your pens too long or else you risk possible damage. Unfortunately its out of stock right now at JetPens, but if you check out their site right here, there is a gold box to the right of the price that you can click on to sign up for an email alert when its back in stock. Its a great ink that I very enthusiastically recommend, its sold out for a reason!