Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa Iron Gall – Ink Review

Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa

Fountain Pen Ink Review

PenLamy 2000, Binderized Medium Nib
Ink: Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa
Paper: Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP – Dot Grid – B5

Notes: I can’t believe how much this ink looks like P.W. Akkerman’s Vorhoot Violet, BUT that’s only for now. Scabiosa is an iron gall ink that will slowly darken as it oxidizes and bonds with the page. I really liked the Akkerman, and it’s nice to have an ink close to it in color that’s much easier to obtain. Scabiosa is an iron gall ink, meaning it’s made from iron salts and tannic acids (usually from oak galls). Since there is a higher level of acidity in the ink that most others, it’s not recommended that you leave it in a fountain pen for more than a week between flushings. The good thing about iron gall ink is it’s permanence and water resistance once it’s set into the page. This kind of ink was used for hundreds and hundreds of years, and most old documents and papers were written with the stuff. The acidity of the ink can corrode through the paper over the centuries,  but it’s a durable ink and I think it’s pretty cool that it’s still made and used today. Scabiosa is a nice shade of purple, but after a few days it’ll begin to darken up. The ink does exhibit some nice shading too. If you want to try out the go-to kind of ink that was used for centuries, Rohrer and Klingner’s Scabiosa is a fine example. This ink was also part of the awesome ink sample package that Azizah at GourmetPens.com sent over a few months back – so thanks again!

Pros:

  • Has an interesting scent to it
  • Good flow

Cons:

  • Slow dry time
  • Can’t leave in a pen for too long due to it being potentially corrosive

Roher and Klingner Scabiosa Iron Gall Fountain Pen Ink Review

Roher and Klingner Scabiosa Iron Gall Fountain Pen Ink Review

Roher and Klingner Scabiosa Iron Gall Fountain Pen Ink Review
I’m still liking the Kyokuto notebook as my new review pad. The B5 size is better suited for an ink review.
Roher and Klingner Scabiosa Iron Gall Fountain Pen Ink Review
Some nice shading here. As the ink darkens up, it’s going to be interesting to see what happens to the variation in the color of the lines. I’m going to rephotograph the review in a week or so and post the results.
Roher and Klingner Scabiosa Iron Gall Fountain Pen Ink Review
The ink does darken up with each additional pass, but there’s little ghosting and no bleed through.
Roher and Klingner Scabiosa Iron Gall Fountain Pen Ink Review
I switched up my pangram. The quick fox and the brown dog were getting kind of boring.
Roher and Klingner Scabiosa Iron Gall Fountain Pen Ink Review
Dry time is pretty long, but once it’s dry, it’s basically permanent.
Roher and Klingner Scabiosa Iron Gall Fountain Pen Ink Review
I revisited the review of Akkerman’s Vorhoot Violet so you guys could see how close in color they are. I added the comparison swatch of the Scabiosa. They’re pretty darn close.
Roher and Klingner Scabiosa Iron Gall Fountain Pen Ink Review
Close-up of the two inks.
Roher and Klingner Scabiosa Iron Gall Fountain Pen Ink Review
I guess I’m drawn towards loading my Lamy 2000 with purple inks? Either way, writing performance is as expected from this pen. It’s still one of my favorites.

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9 thoughts on “Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa Iron Gall – Ink Review

    1. It’s definitely a bit more on the dry side, but not nearly as dry as Diamine Registrar’s ink. My Lamy 2000 is exceptionally wet, so the two go together pretty perfectly.

      Writing is smooth, but then again that could be in part to the nib on the 2000. Let me know if you have any other questions!

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