on saleRohrer & Klingner Scabiosa (iron gall) - 50ml Bottled Ink

Product Code RK40710050

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on saleRohrer & Klingner Scabiosa (iron gall) - 50ml Bottled Ink

Product Code RK40710050

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50ml Bottle
50ml glass bottle of Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa (Iron/Gall Nut-ink Scabiosa Purple) fountain pen ink.

We recommend not leaving this ink in your pen longer than a week as it may stain.
Rohrer & Klingner
Bottled Ink
Bottle Material
Bottle Opening Diameter
21.6mm (0.85in)
Fast Drying

Whether or not the ink contains glittery particles.

Freeze Resistant

Whether or not an ink is specially formulated to better withstand freezing temperatures.

Iron Gall

Ink made from iron salts and tannic acids. Though quite permanent and waterproof, these inks are typically known for causing chemical corrosion to metal pen parts (especially the nib) and should be used sparingly or with less-valuable pens.


Whether or not an ink is specially formulated to increase flow in your pen.


Whether or not the ink contains finely-ground solid particles in liquid suspension.

Water Resistant

Whether or not the ink, once dried on the paper, will resist being washed away with water.


Customer Reviews

Based on 78 reviews
A difficult ink. Too dry.

I already had R&K Salix, which is a great ink, and was curious about Scabiosa because of the rave reviews everywhere. I bought one bottle (through Amazon; unfortunately, Goulet doesn't send anything to Brazil anymore) and the result was... disappointment. I tried this ink in a variety of pens but I didn't get anything like the performance people seem to love so much. Scabiosa is so dry that even the smoothest of nibs will write with a pencil-like feedback. But for me the worst thing is the very low saturation of the ink after only a few lines of writing. Even after I leave the pen standing nib down for some time, the first few words come out well, vibrant and well saturated, but already in the second line the words look watered down as if the pen was running out of ink. In wet, broad nibs the flow is very inconsistent, allowing for a lot of shading. In a very wet, F nib the ink behaves much better, although still disappointing since I must write with some pressure if I want the ink to come out. Therefore, not a good ink for extended writing sessions.

Iron Gall Ink

I like this ink a lot. It generally produces a light purple line, not too dark. The ink does not dry super rapidly, so there is a window of time when you can use a wet sable brush to develop some purple shading from the lines without actually erasing the water-resistant lines. This is versatile drawing ink.

David G.
Nice Color!

A good violet/black. Smaller nibs tend to lean on the lighter side.

Cameron P.
Pretty ink that behaves well on poor paper

I waited a bit to write this review as I wanted to report on the condition of my pen after leaving it for a few weeks without use. So far it has not caused any issues in my Lamy Safari like clogging. It's a very subdued but pleasant purple that starts light and dries much darker. I am not sure if this is the ideal ink for very expensive pens, but it is plenty agreeable for everyday use in my collection.

David C.
One of my favorite inks

Depending on the pen and especially the nib the color can range from a desk purple to almost black in an extra fine, to a powder/suede purple in a 1.1, if using flex some shading can be pulled out of it too which I'm a big fan of. The archival quality of the iron gall formulation is also really cool to me. If you like purple inks this one is pretty well behaved in my experience, and I highly recommend checking it out.Bear in mind the iron gall warnings, I don't use this ink in my most expensive pens, but I have used it in my $100+ pens with no issues as far as the feed and nib.

FAQs about Bottled Ink

Which pens can accept this ink? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Any of these fountain pens will work with bottled ink. Typically, as long as the pen can be filled with a converter, has a built-in filling mechanism like a piston, or can be eyedropper-filled, it can accept bottled ink.

What is shading, sheening, or shimmering ink? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Shading - A common (and often desired) result of a fountain pen ink pooling in certain parts of a letter when writing, so that the color and saturation of the ink appears different within a single letter or word. This characteristic cannot be achieved with ballpoint or rollerball pens and is a very appealing aspect of fountain pen use for those particularly drawn to all the pretty ink colors.

Sheen - Characteristic of a fountain pen ink where when ink pools another color can be seen on top of the ink, especially when looked at in different light angles using certain paper types. There is no way to guarantee an ink will sheen, but using a larger nib on a pen will help obtain sheening results in your writing.

Shimmering - Fountain pen ink that has small particles of glitter mixed in.

Is shimmering ink safe to use in fountain pens? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Yes! Shimmering ink is a great way to add some flare to your writing. We have found that a larger nib will showcase more shimmering particles while writing, but you can use any nib size and shimmering ink. All the ink we sell is safe for use in fountain pens.

You can learn more in our blog: How to Write with Shimmering Ink.

My ink smells funny, is it safe to use? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Generally yes! Ink does not smell good- it usually has a chemical smell, along with other scents such as sulfur, rubber, chemicals or even paint. However, as long as you’re not seeing anything floating in the ink, it should be safe to use.

It’s cold and my ink froze; is it safe to use? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Yes, frozen ink will not hurt your pen (after it’s thawed of course!) The issue with ink freezing is primarily a concern because certain glass bottles could break as the water-based ink expands, and then you’d have a mess!

What is your return policy for bottled ink? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

We do not accept returns for ink that has been used. Otherwise, we accept returns on unused ink products for up to 30 days from purchase. You can read all our Return Policies here.

To initiate a return, please submit a request at the Return Portal. Our Customer Care team might reach out to you for more information.