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One good thing about accidentally neglecting an ink for awhile is that once the ink is picked up again, you see it with a new perspective.  Rohrer and Klingner (R&K) Solferino has been part of my collection for at least a year and a half.  The ink has beautiful and saturated color, but for some reason, it fell off of my radar for at least 6 months.  It reentered my mind when I was choosing an ink for the Kaweco 1.9mm nib, as you can imagine, the reunion was a happy one with a few new discovery.  The ink shimmers with an iridescent sheen, similar to the one seen with J. Herbin Hematite.  As to how I overlook this beautiful factor before is beyond me, the sheen has a bit of golden green hue to it.  It is especially apparent in broader strokes, a wet pen, or the initial word written by a pen that has been capped for a bit.  Another observation made is how well the ink coats on a glass dip nib.  Before this time, I mostly paired glass dip pen with J. Herbin ink.  Even though J. Herbin makes solid ink with great shading, the consistency has tendency to be thin; hence, does not coat the glass nib as well.  It is refreshing to be able to use glass nib dip pen without chronically dipping (i.e. every word) into the ink well.

1.  Do you see the golden sheen on the nib?  That is the ink’s doing, not glass reflection
2.  The bottle neck of Solferino is covered in sheen, very similar to star dust
3.  Can you see the sheen in the word “Solferino”?

Just in case you wonder what Solferino means.  The color is named after a northern Italian town named Solferino, where Battle of Solferino took place.  The dye was discovered shortly after the battle, supposedly depicted how the bloodshed looked on the battlefield ground.  Moved by his observation of human suffering on the battlefield, Jean-Henri Dunant started the process that led to the Geneva Convention and the founding of the Red Cross.  Another color that was named after yet another Italian battle is magenta.  Thanks to Italians for these two beautiful colors, albeit the human suffering involved in the battles.  Totally nerding here 😉

What do you think of the color?  Have you encountered any color that is similar to it?


4 thoughts on “Rohrer and Klingner Solferino

  1. The integrated commenting system in Blogger usually won't show your comment right off the bat. Must be a bug somewhere because the amount of comments usually double 😉
    Yes, it is a very lovely hue and I can't believe I have neglected it for so long!


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