thINKthursday – Rohrer & Klinger Alt-Bordeaux

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Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Bordeaux

Have a glass, or a bottle of Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Bordeaux.

thINKthursday Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Bordeaux

thINKthursday Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Bordeaux

Rohrer & Klingner always seem to fly under the radar, but a lot of their inks are staples on my ink shelf. In my mind, Alt-Bordeaux is one of the quintessential burgundy inks. It is a beautiful plum-Merlot color that looks great in fine and broad nibs. R & K inks are exceptionally priced at $12 for a 50ml bottle. The round glass bottle has a slimmer neck with a metal cap, but it is still easy to fill from. This review was done with a Sailor 1911 F, Lamy Studio B and on Rhodia blank No. 18 paper.

thINKthursday Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Bordeaux

thINKthursday Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Bordeaux

Alt-Bordeaux is actually a lighter, more purple color than a standard Bordeaux (maybe that’s were the alt comes from?). It shades well in both a fine and broad nib and displays a similar range of colors. At its lightest, it is actually a cherry blossom pink. From there it shades to darker plum and mulberry colors. The ink finishes as a traditional Bordeaux color.

thINKthursday Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Bordeaux

thINKthursday Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Bordeaux

I’ve been impressed with R & K properties and Alt-Bordeaux is no exception. The ink flowed well with no feathering or bleedthrough on Rhodia paper. Alt-Bordeaux is moderately saturated but produces some nice shading. While it doesn’t have much water resistance, clean up is easy.

thINKthursday Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Bordeaux

thINKthursday Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Bordeaux

thINKthursday Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Bordeaux

thINKthursday Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Bordeaux

thINKthursday Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Bordeaux

I think Alt-Bordeaux hits all the right spots. It has softer pink and purple tones but still offers a darker robust appearance. You’re going to get the same characteristics of this ink in whatever nibs size you put it in. And most importantly, it just writes well.

thINKthursday Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Bordeaux

thINKthursday Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Bordeaux

As with any ink review, the pen, paper, and person doing the writing will influence the way the ink looks. If you’re not sure about a color, try a sample to see if it’s the one for you.

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Chris

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