Ink Review #563: Rohrer and Klingner Salix


Rohrer and Klingner Salix is an ink I’ve had sitting in my drawer for a while, and just never got around to trying. Since I’m looking at blue inks this week, it’s time to try it out! Salix is a little different because it’s an iron gall ink, so R&K recommends you clean your pen once a week to keep it performing well. I don’t remember where I bought my bottle, but you can find Salix at Pen Chalet.


The color:

Salix is a beautiful dusky blue. When wet it’s more of a periwinkle blue and then darkens as it dries to a medium dusky blue.



In large swabs the ink looks almost black.


Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 40 seconds

Water resistance: High-because it’s an iron gall it’s pretty darn water resistant.

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: high shading, no sheen, and no shimmer. I saw some shading in all nib sizes on all papers.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was just a little bit of feathering in the flex nib but no bleeding, so it’s a good ink for cheap paper.

Comparison Swabs:


Colorverse Saturn V looks the closest to Salix, but it’s not a perfect match. Click here to see the Rohrer and Klingner inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a TWSBI Eco Pastel Blue with a fine nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, this ink is a gorgeous color, performs well on cheap paper and is water resistant. It’s a winner for me, but I will be aware of how long I leave it in a pen.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.