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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.


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:


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.


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


Drops of ink on kitchen towel



Software ID



Color Range



Oxford recycled, 90 g - Kaweco Sport Classic, eyedropper mode, Broad nib





Rhodia in the water on the photo after five minutes of soaking
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.
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Thank you for the review! I love the shading and that this isn't an in your face bright orange. I've never tried a pigmented ink before so maybe this will be the first. (Just checked the goulet technical specs and you are correct; it is indeed pigmented.) Will add a sample to the next order :)

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I love your Yoga figurine Vis....


But the price.... :bawl: :bawl: :bawl: :bawl: ... is like Japanese ink all over again... :( :(



I am sure I am going to like Dublin ... Delhi looks nice too... :wub:




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@wolverine1 - unhappily I've never even been to India :) However while writing reviews I try to look for texts in different languages, even these I don't know (as german or hindi). You can treat it like lorem ipsum bla, bla, bla :) The meaning is not important, the color and properties are.


I guess I have to invent a language of my own, so that I don't have to make two reviews - one for polish forum, one for FPN. For instance using different languages, peoems, prose, quotes makes the deal :)

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Beautiful. Thank you!

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I am bumping this up! I was on the hunt for an orange ink, as I own no orange inks. This review is what settled it, I'm in love! I ordered a bottle and eagerly await the delivery!

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