Ink Notes: Rohrer & Klingner Leipziger Schwarz

Photo of a 1945 Parker Duofold Senior
Parker 1945 Duofold Senior with a fine nib and R&K Leipziger Schwarz

I’ve liked all the Rohrer & Klingner inks I’ve used so far so I decided to give their darkest ink a try. According to Google translate “Leipziger Schwarz” translates to Leipzig Black in english so that wasn’t really any indication of what to expect.

Brian Goulet called the color blue-black in his review. Brian knows more about ink than I do (or probably ever will) so I can’t say he’s wrong, but I didn’t think blue-black until I read his review. With thin nibs it looks like a dark black, not black hole dark, but dark. It does look a little lighter with swabs and the variation is more noticeable with wide nibs.

There’s no visible feathering on all but the cheapest paper. On cheap printer paper I noticed some feathering when I looked really hard but it was certainly usable.

My biggest complaint is the rather long drying time, I prefer a quicker dry time with my daily writers and for me black is a daily writer.

The ink didn’t completely wash off the paper in my test, but it came close. It washed off so quickly I get the impression the ink would run or smudge on a humid day. That’s probably an exaggeration but it doesn’t take much moisture to smudge the ink, even after drying for a week.

The lack of water resistance probably contributes to the ease of cleaning it out of pens. It was one of the easiest inks to clean from my pens.

I like the dark, saturated black of R & K Leipziger Schwarz. It’s not completely black so there’s some line variation giving the ink a little character.

Pens Used

For testing, I ran the ink through my Lamy Safari and swapped nibs, The extra fine, fine, medium and broad nibs all performed well.

The Franklin-Christoph Model 25 with a .9mm stub was my favorite with the ink, The stub provides a little line variation while writing.

The final pen was my 1945 Parker Striped Duofold with a fine nib. I used it as a daily writer and didn’t have any issues. No skipping or hard starts and the ink had a consistent flow.

As mentioned earlier, all the pens were easy to clean, even the Parker vacuum filler.

Additional Reading

Review at Ink Nouveau (Brian Goulet)

Handwritten review on FPN – this seems lighter than my samples, at least on my screens.

Writing Samples