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  1. Jamerelbe

    The Super 5 Fountain Pen

    A couple of months ago now (in early October), I had to take one of my children (the youngest, and the only one who *really* likes fountain pens) for a specialist’s appointment in Sydney. We decided to make a day of it, to lessen the angst of being poked and prodded and hooked up to a bunch of machines, so… we just happened to wander past Dymocks in Sydney, which now has a fairly extensive pen and stationery section. In addition to the inks we chose together – and the 8-pack of colourful Ooly fountain pens my daughter asked to buy – I spotted a few Super 5 fountain pens going for half price. I didn’t need another fountain pen, I *really* didn’t, and yet… within a few minutes I’d picked out the yellow version with the B nib, and headed out the door. I’d seen these pens advertised in various online stores, though not recently, and hadn’t been tempted – but this has turned out to be a surprisingly good pen. ______________________________________________________________________ Appearance & Design The Super 5 pens on sale were brightly coloured – I had a choice between a bright red and a cheery yellowy-orange, and decided to go for the latter. The plastic is probably similar in quality to a Lamy Safari – sturdy, shiny, and fairly durable. You don’t feel like it’s going to fall apart in your fingers, or crack the first time you drop it. If you look closely, you’ll find the word “SUPER”, and a sideways “5” embossed on the barrel – but it’s not very visible. The snap cap comes off to reveal a surprisingly weighty metal grip section (coated in some kind of black ceramic?), and a proprietary steel “Super 5”-stamped nib. In shape it’s not too dissimilar from my Jinhao 992, though the grip section is somewhat longer and girthier. Very impressive packaging... The back end of the pen can be screwed off, to reveal the bottom of the cartridge or converter. I struggle to see the purpose of this – it’s just a weird / interesting feature. The black-coated metal clip stands out from the yellow body – I like the overall appearance, though it’s nothing “special”, just a lovely bright inexpensive pen. … Construction & Quality The pen is quite sturdy, fit and finish is great, the snap cap snaps on and off without issue – everything looks pretty good. I don’t know what kind of black coating has been used to coat the metal clip and grip section, but it’s not unduly slippery, and so far shows no signs of scratching or flaking away. My only complaint is that the clip is quite stiff – it could be a challenge to clip it onto a thicker-fabric shirt pocket. … Weight & Dimensions The Super 5 sits nicely in my ‘sweet spot’ for a standard pen – 139mm capped, 125mm uncapped, or 153mm posted. The grip section of the pen ranges in diameter from 9mm (closer to the nib) to 10.55 mm, with a ‘step up’ where the cap clips on, to 12mm. The pens weighs 24.8g capped, and 19.6g uncapped. The one big surprise is the weight of the grip section – being metal, it weights the pen significantly towards the front of the pen. This might be off-putting for some people, but I took it in my stride – I actually liked the substantial feel this gave to an otherwise insubstantial pen (at least in terms of weight!). … Nib & Performance The B nib is definitely a B nib – it lays down a fairly wide line. It’s fairly wet and very smooth – a pleasure to write with. This is not my hand. But this is my handwriting... A close up of the nib. … Filling System & Maintenance The Super 5 pens come with a single cartridge of their permanent blue ink – I haven’t yet tried this. I stuck a Kaweco standard international converter into the pen, and it worked just fine. I own a piston filler and vacuum filler pens with much larger capacities, but for most of my writing (especially with non-blue-or-black inks) I’m happy with the 0.5-0.8mm capacity of a cartridge converter. … Cost & Value I think I paid AU$15-20 for this pen (it was half-price) – a better than fair price for the quality. Would I pay full price for a Super 5 pen? Not sure – though they’re cheery and functional – but I’m *very* happy with the pen, given the price I paid. … Conclusion The Super 5 pens (and their accompanying inks) don’t seem to have done particularly well, at least in the American and Australian markets – but this is actually a pretty nice pen. Worth keeping an eye out for! …
  2. visvamitra

    Australia - Super5

    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. http://papierlabor.de/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/super5-ink-group-720x340.jpg 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.desite. The company offers also calligraphy pen and converter and some papers. The inks are made by my second favourite ink maker - Rohrer & Klingner. Check 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. Yesterday I've reviewed Delhi, check it out if you like oranges. Today let's take a look at Australia, nice red-brown ink. Bottle: http://imageshack.com/a/img538/79/H42D6r.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img538/7148/L45wy5.jpg Abstract Expressionism (a.k.a. ink splash) on Mondi 120 g paper http://imageshack.com/a/img540/673/QReKwN.jpg Drops of ink on kitchen towel http://imageshack.com/a/img673/9049/eWr74Y.jpg Software ID http://imageshack.com/a/img912/4546/f1Mrba.jpg Color Range http://imageshack.com/a/img540/2751/taBaHS.jpg Oxford recycled, 90 g - Kaweco Sport Classic, eyedropper mode, Broad nib http://imageshack.com/a/img661/4849/one88Y.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img537/3277/CEc56L.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img538/7893/o7Je1I.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img904/5014/u4bLci.jpg Rhodia in the water on the photo after five minutes of soaking http://imageshack.com/a/img673/9734/EIzmte.jpg
  3. visvamitra

    Delhi - Super 5

    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 Super 5 inks mention on Goulet's site, I thought the bottles looked cool and - in a way - familiar. http://papierlabor.de/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/super5-ink-group-720x340.jpg The names of cities were cool as well. Colors looked really nice on swabs. My dear friend google helped me to investigate. Super 5 inks are sold by Format-Darmstadt GmbH on papierlabor.de site. The company offers also calligraphy pen and converter and some papers. This 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. Delhi is the only orange I know (well there used to be Royal Aztec and Sun Never Sets by Suisher's but they're mno longer available) that doesn't loose color after being soaked in the water. And that's awesome for orange fan. First ink to review will be Delhi. Great ink. Great color. Great shading. Waterproof. Let's take a look at the bottle: http://imageshack.com/a/img673/7814/MT9LGY.jpg I believe many of you are thrilled to know there's new ink maker on the market offering great waterproof inks. Well, the thing is, there isn't. Take a look at the other side of the bottle. http://imageshack.com/a/img912/4730/7MwIrK.jpg Yes - the ink is made by my second favourite ink maker - Rohrer & Klingner. Check 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. Let's take a look at Delhi. Abstract Expressionism (a.k.a. ink splash) on Mondi 120 g paper http://imageshack.com/a/img661/6023/OquJg1.jpg Drops of ink on kitchen towel http://imageshack.com/a/img673/5553/EZggwB.jpg Software ID http://imageshack.com/a/img538/5426/mjAx6y.jpg Color Range http://imageshack.com/a/img633/8966/4UJRtE.jpg Oxford recycled, 90 g - Kaweco Sport Classic, eyedropper mode, Broad nib http://imageshack.com/a/img909/9429/XNfyCa.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img661/3530/s3UukO.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img912/3502/gEVzaz.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img673/5161/8FG0e0.jpg Rhodia http://imageshack.com/a/img538/6930/tPc5UO.jpg Rhodia in the water on the photo after five minutes of soaking http://imageshack.com/a/img911/7554/lm0J3C.jpg I do advice to check at least the sample of this ink. I'm impressed and although I like most of inks I'm not often impressed by them and their properties. This is good stuff. Pricey but good.
  4. visvamitra

    Super 5 - Inky Expendables

    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 Super 5 inks mention on Goulet's site, I thought the bottles looked cool and - in a way - familiar. http://papierlabor.de/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/super5-ink-group-720x340.jpg The names of cities were cool as well. Colors looked really nice on swabs. My dear friend google helped me to investigate. Super 5 inks are sold by Format-Darmstadt GmbH on papierlabor.desite. The company offers also calligraphy pen and converter and some papers. The inks are made by my second favourite ink maker - Rohrer & Klingner. Check 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, Darmstadt, Dublin, Delhi and Frankfurt. It's time to see indestructible six together. http://imageshack.com/a/img901/3326/u4H53C.jpg Atlantic: blue/gray that I enjoy auite a bit http://imageshack.com/a/img540/295/zYQFuh.jpg Australia: nice one. http://imageshack.com/a/img540/673/QReKwN.jpg Darmstadt: I dislike black. This ink won't make me visit Darmstadt. If I happen to visit Germany I'll give this city a wide berth. http://imageshack.com/a/img538/8348/TArkRR.jpg Delhi: Love it. http://imageshack.com/a/img661/6023/OquJg1.jpg Dublin: Great ink. http://imageshack.com/a/img911/8264/idFGjA.jpg Frankfurt: Nice. http://imageshack.com/a/img910/7416/HqlGSE.jpg Swabs (Mondi 90g paper, photos made on a cloudy day) http://imageshack.com/a/img912/4950/6WRFsl.jpg Drops of ink on kitchen towel http://imageshack.com/a/img661/2786/PkgL7v.jpg Kaweco Sport Classic, eyedropper mode, broad nib - Calendar http://imageshack.com/a/img901/521/Lk6KpA.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img661/9821/h115ht.jpg Kaweco Sport Classic, eyedropper mode, broad nib - Linum notebook http://imageshack.com/a/img907/4929/Kt4zq2.jpg Kaweco Sport Classic, eyedropper mode, broad nib - Oxford notebook http://imageshack.com/a/img911/2743/mfhRNf.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img661/9500/yUmCtc.jpg Kaweco Sport Classic, eyedropper mode, broad nib - Lyreco notebook: http://imageshack.com/a/img661/4452/yBoMFl.jpg Kaweco Sport Classic, eyedropper mode, broad nib - cream good quality 100 g paper: http://imageshack.com/a/img661/4494/Vkgkfc.jpg WATERPROOFNESS Before immersion http://imageshack.com/a/img673/6241/eIit91.jpg After three days http://imageshack.com/a/img538/9045/iD7mkt.jpg After five days http://imageshack.com/a/img673/9811/r61c36.jpg SUMMARY Super 5 inks have excellent properties although as they're pigmented it's reasonable to clear pen after using them instead of leaving it in the drawer for half a year with some ink left in it. The price isn't as cool as inks are but you do receive added value: waterproofness and lightfastness. No other premium ink offers it. So if you do need such properties Super 5 inks would be reasonable choice. If you don't care about waterproofness as you don't bath with the notebook you may choose other inks. Unless, of course, you like these colors. Atramenty te są drogie, ale oferują kupującemu coś ekstra ponad ładną butelkę i pozycjonowanie jako produkt premium. Czy warto? Jeśli ktoś szuka atramentu odpornego na działanie światła i wody, warto. If you like the comparison, please choose your favourite in a poll or leave a comment. It;'s nice to know you enjoy my comparisons.
  5. visvamitra

    Atlantic - Super5

    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. http://papierlabor.de/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/super5-ink-group-720x340.jpg 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 & Klingner. Check 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, Darmstadt, Dublin and Delhi, check them. Today let's take a look at Atlantic - Super5's blue. Nice stuff. Bottle http://imageshack.com/a/img540/7193/5nVVRE.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img633/7141/BdJ9oq.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img661/210/cX4Fcc.jpg Ink Splash Mondi 120 g http://imageshack.com/a/img540/295/zYQFuh.jpg Drops of ink on kitchen towel http://imageshack.com/a/img673/9753/M741f4.jpg Software ID http://imageshack.com/a/img538/974/8vKDv3.jpg Color Range http://imageshack.com/a/img673/1046/DInNN8.jpg Oxford recycled, 90 g - Kaweco Sport Classic, eyedropper mode, blaszka B http://imageshack.com/a/img540/1295/Ki1PwJ.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img909/425/vxSWvZ.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img661/4213/x9j3xK.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img673/5777/cqS57T.jpg
  6. visvamitra

    Dublin - Super5

    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. http://papierlabor.de/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/super5-ink-group-720x340.jpg 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 & Klingner. Check 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. Today is Dublin's day. http://imageshack.com/a/img538/2544/xrwxrE.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img673/5836/GacEaW.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img540/1975/dzg5Sp.jpg Ink splash Mondi 120 g http://imageshack.com/a/img911/8264/idFGjA.jpg Drops of ink on kitchen towel http://imageshack.com/a/img907/2540/wS3tpq.jpg Software ID http://imageshack.com/a/img537/3190/b6lFgw.jpg Color Range http://imageshack.com/a/img538/148/wYAkuG.jpg Oxford recycled, 90 g - Kaweco Sport Classic, eyedropper mode,B http://imageshack.com/a/img540/8219/xJIj9w.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img909/3383/kqLFIk.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img912/1272/XI9bXK.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img673/8159/lRCOo7.jpg Rhodia http://imageshack.com/a/img633/3551/jOLw9L.jpg Rhodia after five minutes of soaking in the water http://imageshack.com/a/img540/5008/ic7qNu.jpg





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