Ink Review: Rohrer & Klingner sketchINK Lotte

Rohrer & Klingner Leipzig-Co. makes many excellent quality inks, and has been making inks and more in Germany since 1892. A renowned ink maker that doesn’t seem to be mentioned as much as some others.

Today I’m reviewing another one of Rohrer & Klingner’s Sketch inks: Lotte. These sketch inks are nano-pigmented inks, so the usual warnings about not leaving them in your unused pens for long periods, and exercising good pen hygiene should be followed.

Lotte is a strong black ink. It’s quite saturated and exhibited no shading. I found it nicely wet to write with. Very good flow through my pens, and smooth lubrication across the paper. A black ink that’s good for sketching and writing.

It wrote with very tight, crisp lines, as is common with pigmented inks, and it dried quickly on my Clairefontaine Triomphe paper. It is lightfast and completely waterproof when dry, but while wet can be mixed with water to make an attractive wash onto the paper. For sketching those are excellent qualities.

Available in attractively decorated 50ml glass bottles from many retailers worldwide.
My sample was kindly supplied by The Writing Desk.

  • Start-up: Immediate.
  • Flow Rate: Very good – felt quite wet but dried quickly.
  • Lubrication: Very good – felt smooth across the page.
  • Saturation: Quite saturated. Dark black.
  • Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Not seen.
  • Show-through / Bleed-through: None seen.
  • Nib Dry-out: Not seen.
  • Clogging: Not seen.
  • Nib Creep / “Crud”: Not seen, even after several days in the pen.
  • Staining (pen): Didn’t stain my sections or converters.
  • Staining (hands): Washed off easily.
  • Water resistance: A completely waterproof ink.

R&K Lotte

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