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Dublin - Super5

super 5 rohrer & klingner

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#1 visvamitra


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Posted 22 December 2014 - 08:59

Like most people I like novelties, especially when it comes to inks and fountain pens. You know - I've been looking for grail ink for three years and there's always chance it's still ahead of me   :)


When I came across Super5 inks mention on Goulet's site, I thought the bottles looked cool and - in a way - familiar.




The names of cities were cool as well. Colors looked really nice on swabs. My dear friend google helped me to investigate.


Super5 inks are sold by Format-Darmstadt GmbH on papierlabor.de site. The company offers also calligraphy pen and converter and some papers.


The inks are made by my second favourite ink maker - Rohrer & KlingnerCheck their "regular" inks here.


That's good news. Really. They know what they're doing and you can expect good quality from R&K. The quality they indeed deliver.


So why Super5 inks are much more expensive than R&K inks. First of all - they're pigmented (I believe), then there need to be some margin for the distributor. At 20 euros / bottle yhey're not cheap. However unlike Caran d'Ache or Iroshizuku they offer not only more than satisfying quality, good flow and good lubrication but also added value of waterproofness and lightfastness. 


Last week I was given the whole set. I'm going to review it and post comparison of the full line. Soon. 


The colors are really great. Honestly. They're also extremely waterproof.


I've already reviewed Australia and Delhi, check them.


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Posted 22 December 2014 - 11:09

This one is nice!

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Posted 22 December 2014 - 12:58

Nice ink, clearly modelled on the river LIffey's distinctive gunge. But I actually do like it.

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Posted 22 December 2014 - 14:27

I'm interested to know how the colour of this ink compares to R&K Alt Goldgrun?  It doesn't look a million miles away to me...  And that'd be a great colour to have in a waterproof formulation!

Edited by Jamerelbe, 22 December 2014 - 14:31.

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Posted 22 December 2014 - 14:35

I KNEW I was going to LOOOVE this one...    :puddle:  :puddle:  :puddle:  :puddle:


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Posted 22 December 2014 - 15:13

I was iffy on the inks when I first saw them but this does look like a nice green. Thanks for the review

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Posted 22 December 2014 - 18:44

From the land of a thousand shades of green....  Nice review, as always.


What/who is you favorite ink maker, if R&K is number 2 on your list?

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Posted 22 December 2014 - 20:50



@CYber - I'll give it a thought :)


@Sinistral - well there are four ink makers I really, really like: Sailor, Rohrer & Klingner, Graf von Faber-Castell, L'Artisan Pastellier. I enjoy Iroshizuku as well. I could live without Diamine. I would say Sailor makes best inks (to my taste in colors and properties).

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Posted 23 December 2014 - 23:34

I saw the color - murky greens - I know which of you like murky greens!  Thank you for the great review!

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Posted 24 December 2014 - 03:41




Thanks for the side-by-side comparison - much appreciated!  [I think I like Alt-Goldgrun better...]

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Posted 24 December 2014 - 05:28

Interesting color.  Thanks for the review.

I had seen the Super 5 inks advertised but knew nothing about them beyond that.  So you say they're made by R&K?  Good to know.  The only ones I've tried are Salix and Scabiosa, so I'm definitely going to have to investigate further (I wasn't sure whether I would like Alt-Goldgrun because I was worried that it would be insufficiently legible), and Dublin looks to be a darker shade with less yellow (and also, at least from the swabs, more saturated).

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