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Rohrer & Klingner “Alt-Goldgrün” (green): Ink Review

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Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Goldgrün (old golden green): a lovely shading, unique green you won’t forget

Rohrer & Klinger Alt-Goldgrün

Ink name: Rohrer & Klingner “Alt-Goldgrün” (old golden green)
Unit capacity: 50 ml (glas bottle)
Price:  9,90 € (e.g. via the Webshop of Seitz-Kreuznach – free shipping worldwide!)
Price per ml: ca. 0,19 €

  Leuchtturm 1917 Spiral-bound Notepad
Color  Green with a golden undertone  Green with a golden undertone
Saturation  Medium  Medium
Shading  Very pronounced, yet easy on the eye Very nice, from light to darker green
Feathering  None  None
Bleed-through  None  Can happen on the 2nd pass
Wetness  Rather wet  Rather wet
Drying time  ca. 8 sec.  ca. 3-5 sec.
Smudging when dry  No  No
Regular smear test  Ok  Ok
Left-page smear test  Ok  –

Handwritten review on Leuchtturm 1917 paper
(scanned @600 dpi with Doxie Flip – click image to enlarge on Flickr)

Rohrer & Klinger Alt-Goldgrün

Handwritten review on a Standard Spiral-Bound Notepad
(scanned @600 dpi with Doxie Flip – click image to enlarge on Flickr)

Rohrer & Klinger Alt-Goldgrün

Rohrer & Klingner is a German company that makes a range of different inks. Since a couple of years they do also make fountain pen inks. For quite some time, the Rohrer & Klingner-inks were sort of an insider tipp, which is due to their great quality, affordability and wide palette of 18 ink colors. In the meantime those inks are quite well know internationally, probably first and foremost for the iron gall-inks that they carry. Those are closely followed by the most popular ‘regular’ fountain pen ink they carry, which is the color “Alt-Goldgrün” – this is at least what my ‘gut-social media barometer’ suggests. So let’s hopp right into that one.

I will say it straight away: I normally don’t really like green fountain pen ink. I am not a huge fan of green in general. But Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Goldgrün is different. The name really hits the nail on the head: it is a brighter green with a noticeable golden under-tone (maybe slightly yellowish), which makes the whole color look a wee bit antique – a property that I really enjoy. The ink shades really lovely, from lighter to darker green-tones. While the shading is very pronounced, it is still easy on the eye, making any writing still very readable.

Alt-Goldgrün is a very well behaved ink. It is definitely on the wetter side, lubricates very well and, hence, makes for a nice flow and glide on the paper. The wetness can take its toll on cheaper paper, as it might bleed on a 2nd pass; in ‘regular’ everyday use nothing you will notice. Being a quite wet ink, it still has a really good drying time with around 5 seconds only, which is top notch.

The inks bottle is no eye-candy, but very practical. It has a wide opening, which makes it easy to fill from. It also has a wide bottom, which will prevent it from tipping over. The bottle label does a pretty decent job in representing the ink color, which is good, because the ink bottle is colored glass, so you wont really be able to see the ink color through it. But it will protect the ink from light – at least to some extend.

All in all, it is really hard to tell what it exactly is that makes this ink seemingly so popular. My bet would be that it is the quite unique color in combination with the lovely shading. Anyway, once you try the ink for yourself, I guess you’ll understand pretty quick what it is that makes this ink so tempting. The inks price might be yet another factor.

The Rohrer & Klingner inks are very affordable. They cost more than Diamine inks, for instance, but range in about the same category as (the also very affordable) KWZ or Standardgraph inks.

As for its ‘leftyness’, Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Goldgrün is excellent. It dries super-fast and there is no smudging once the ink is dry.

Lefty approved? Totally!







I hope this ink review was helpful – feel free to check out my other ink reviews as well.

If you would like to compare this color to any other ink color/brand, I would suggest to head over to GouletPen’s “Interactive SwabShop” – a tool that lets you compare over 500 different inks, while the swabs are done under similar conditions. This is a wonderful tool for “cross-color-brand-comparison” that I can highly recommend.


  1. jmccarty3 jmccarty3

    If you happen to be fortunate enough to own a Pelikan Vermeil Green Tortoise, this ink is the perfect match.

    • Scrively Scrively

      Unfortunately, I am not :-). Maybe in the future.

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