Rohrer & Klingner Salix (Iron Gall)
Pen: Lamy Safari EF
Paper: Rhodia Dotpad 80gsm
Salix is another amazing iron gall ink from the German based ink company Rohrer & Klingner. It is part 2 of 2 in the "Scabix" mixture that I reviewed recently. Salix is a muted grey-blue ink after it has hit the air and began to oxidize like all iron gall inks do. Though, when it first comes out of the pen, it is a more traditional royal blue color. I am typically not a huge fan of blue inks, however I am a big fan of Salix after it has dried. I love inks that almost look as if they're faded out a bit - this one definitely fits that bill.
Like the other R&K iron gall ink, Scabiosa, Salix is a pretty well behaved ink. I got a tiny bit more feathering with Salix on cheaper papers than I did with Scabiosa, however on a Rhodia pad there is none. Dry time is about a second longer than Scabiosa, though the difference is subtle enough to call it the same. Shading is fairly moderate which was a plus.
If you're a fan of blue inks and want something permanent with lots of character, go try out Rohrer & Klingner Salix. You'll thank me later! You can pick up a bottle from Goulet or a similar retailer for $12.00.