I am a fan of Rohrer & Klingner inks in general: I’ve found them to be very easy to clean, and to work in just about any pen. So when I pulled out Verdura, I didn’t hesitate to put it in a favorite Aurora Optima with fine nib. I’m not worried about an R&K ink staining or being fussy.
True to Rohrer & Klingner form, Verdura flowed well. It always started up perfectly and had excellent, normal flow. No nib creep, no start-up hesitation, no blobs of ink in the cap. It dries quickly.
Verdura’s green color put me in mind of R.E.M’s album Green and the song “I Remember California.” So words and music this week are by Buck, Berry, Mills and Stipe. This Verdura writing sample is on Rhodia.
On this sample written on Rhodia paper, Verdura has a bit of shading. But day to day, I didn’t see much shading, and none on absorbent regular papers. It’s not really an ink for people who love shading.
Verdura does have the surprising tendency to feather, just a bit, on some absorbent everyday papers. The feathering is not terrible, but I found it curious, because an Aurora Optima with fine nib doesn’t put down a lot of ink. Here is a writing sample on my normal, everyday Staples Sustainable Earth.
And a closeup.
It’s not a lot of feathering, but again this is an Aurora fine nib, and Staples Sustainable Earth isn’t terrible paper. If you like a wetter and wider nib, you may want to sample Verdura before buying, just to make sure the feathering is under control on the paper you’ll be using.
The one paper on which Verdura looked outstanding, to me, is cream-colored Tomoe River paper.
I love that. Tomoe River brought out some shading, and the color looked perkier. I think it might have sheen potential in a wetter pen, too. Sheen lovers may want to check, at least.
I can see why Verdura has fans. And I love R&K inks. But I’m not sure Verdura has much to recommend it over other choices of standard green inks. Here is Verdura compared to my two favorites in this category.
Both J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage and Kaweco Palm Green are stronger, more saturated greens. Both shade a lot more. Both are low-maintenance. At one US store, the R&K is $12 a bottle, the J. Herbin $11 and the Kaweco $14, though J. Herbin and Kaweco bottles are smaller. I know European prices for R&K are lower, but even if there were large price difference, I’d still pick Lierre Sauvage or Kaweco Palm Green.
R&K Verdura is a lighter green, and maybe some would find it livelier than Kaweco Palm Green or J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage. But it’s not as lively and appealing as Diamine Apple Glory.
I’d also choose Diamine Apple Glory over Verdura. To me, Apple Glory is a really fun color, while Verdura is just a color.
R&K Verdura: definitely not a bad green, and I can see why people would like it, but it doesn’t dethrone my own favorite greens. Tomoe River paper brings out its best.