Ink Review: Delhi by SUPER5 iNK

An overview of the inks within this review series is available here. Orange inks seem to be all of the rage in the pen blogging community and SUPER5 iNK Delhi doesn't disappoint. In broad nibs used on ink resistant papers, it proves to be quite a good shader but it is also waterproof, something that most orange inks can't claim.

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Goulet Pens papierlabor
Price / 50 ml Bottle $24.95 US €19.85
Price / ml $0.50 US €0.40
Writing Sample on Rhodia 80 gsm

Writing Sample on Rhodia 80 gsm

Back of Rhodia 80 gsm

Back of Rhodia 80 gsm

Writing Sample on 20lb copy paper

Writing Sample on 20lb copy paper

Back of 20lb copy paper

Back of 20lb copy paper

Writing Sample on Field Notes - Front and Back shown

Writing Sample on Field Notes - Front and Back shown

Ink Properties

Shading: This ink has nice shading down to medium nibs, finer than that and the shading is much less pronounced.
Bleed Through: Copy paper shows spot bleeding for all nib sizes. Field Notes and Rhodia show no ill effects.
Show Through: Depending on the preference of the writer, the back side of Copy paper would likely be considered questionable for use but Field Notes and Rhodia are perfectly usable.
Saturation: Less than average saturation, although on par with other oranges.
Sheen: None.
Water Resistance: 100% waterproof. 
Drying Time: A little slower than average dry time, 25 seconds using an EF nib on Rhodia. 
Flow: Average flow. Average lubrication. 
Cleaning: Yet to be determined. Will update. 

Colour Make Up

Chromatography Sample

Chromatography Sample

The bulk of the ink is made up of yellow pigment but a band of pink-orange can be seen where the ink sample was applied to the wicking media.

Similar Inks

Since I had bottles of the two closest inks on the Goulet site I figured that I would include a writing sample comparison. My swabs show more colour variation between the inks than the Goulet swabs.


Conclusions

This is the only orange that I have ever tried that exhibits even a hint of water resistance, if this is a property that is of interest to you, you should pick up a bottle. If you are looking for an orange that is a good shader, this exhibits the property but there are many oranges that do a better job of this; Noodler's Apache Sunset or Diamine Autumn Oak are only two examples.

Other Reviews For This Ink

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Solicitation Disclaimer

I reached out to Goulet Pens and asked if they would be willing to supply samples of the complete line of the SUPER5 iNKs. I do not feel that my opinions of this ink have been affected by receiving the sample free of charge.