Krishna Dilli Ink Review and Giveaway

Krishna Dilli Ink Review & Giveaway

Let’s dive in to a Krishna Dilli ink review! A few weeks ago, we introduced one of two new Krishna inks, Krishna Mumbai fountain pen ink.  This week’s review is the second ink color in Krishna’s new India Ink Series:  Dilli. The Krishna inks have been particularly difficult to get of late (due to Covid-19 and related shipping and receiving issues), so we’re beyond excited to have it in stock! Plus, Krishna Dilli ink has some exciting characteristics we think you’ll enjoy hearing about…so double the excitement around here for this recent fountain pen ink release.

All About the Ink Maker: Krishna

Krishna inks were created by Dr. Sreekumar, a medical doctor by day and ink connoisseur by night. (In between he also happens to be a master nib grinder). Dr. Sreekumar is passionate about creating inks in varying styles that offer different traits. So it’s not surprising that the Krishna ink lineup includes a wide variety of inks (regular, sheening, basic, iron gall, etc.) Krishna Inks currently offers over 70 ink colors.

All About the Ink Series: Krishna India Ink Series

Krishna Dilli ink is part of Krishna’s India Ink Series (Recent Release!) The Krishna India Ink Series includes two new colors, named for two of the largest cities in India:

  • Krishna Mumbai Ink
  • Krishna Dilli Ink

The India ink series is the most recently released ink series from Krishna, but it’s not the only Krishna ink series we think you’re going to love (not by a long shot)! Check out current stock of Krishna fountain pen inks at great prices at

This Week’s Featured Ink: Krishna Dilli Ink

Krishna Dilli ink is a beautiful dusty purple color with some nice traits. It’s not a dark mountain purple or a vibrant bright purple, but a true dusty purple color of ink that shows up well on paper. This ink is not too dark to SEEM black, but it’s also not too light.

***In a hurry? Don’t worry about a thing. You can easily skip ahead to enter the giveaway for this week’s ink – we’ll allow it. Just jump straight to the end of the review and enter to win! (And come back later to read the full review of course).

It’s Time: Krishna Dilli Ink

Ready to dive into all the little details and results that came from this week’s ink review? Here’s the nitty gritty, and we’ll summarize for you below.

Krishna Dilli Ink Review and Giveaway
Read the full Krishna Dilli Ink review.

Ink Review Testing Factors (to keep things scientific):

For our review of Krishna Dilli ink we used a French made J. Herbin spiral glass dip pen on Rhodia dot pad paper.  The dip pen has a tip that is similar to a fine-medium fountain pen nib.  {Of note: different pens and paper may produce different results}.

Let’s Talk About the Krishna Ink Bottle:

The Krishna India Series inks are packaged in the small Standard Krishna Super Rich 20 ml. glass ink bottle. The new labeling and packaging used for the Krishna India Ink Series inks is simple and clear. Inks come in a very simple cardboard box; there’s not much internal production. Krishna inks used to come in basic corrugated cardboard packaging, but the new packaging features a white cardboard, which we find cleaner and simpler to read.

How Much Does Krishna Fountain Pen Ink Cost?

Krishna Dilli ink is an economical ink – costing just slightly more than the standard Super Rich Series of Krishna inks. As always, check for the current pricing at

How Did This Week’s Ink Fair in the 1-Dip Test?

We applied a one dip test to see how far one dip could write on paper (dipping the pen into the ink only once). Krishna Dilli ink easily wrote across the paper on all three writing samples. (The pen was dipped in the ink just one time per writing sample:  “S” “X” and scribble lines).

How Fast Does the Dilli Ink Dry?

Krishna Dilli Ink had a faster dry time than the Mumbai ink (previously reviewed ink from this same ink series). Dilli ink’s dry time was approximately 8-9 seconds with medium saturation.

Does Krishna Dilli Ink Bleed Through?

During the review, we saw no bleeding during normal use on Rhodia dot pad paper. There was also absolutely no bleed through during the cotton swab test.

Was There Any Feathering While Using Dilli Ink?

During this week’s review of Dilli ink, we saw no feathering during normal use, but we did see some slight feathering during water test.

How Does the Ink Stand Up to Water?

During our review of Krishna Dilli ink we conducted a simple water test* where we let our ink sample dry for about 3 minutes before running a wet cotton swab over the writing sample.  The results:

  • Some slight feathering
  • Lines remained legible and distinct
  • Some standard and typical color smearing running wet swab over ink sample

*Of Note: Dilli ink is not a waterproof ink.

What About Shading & Sheening Traits?

Krishna’s Dilli ink offers some nice shading possibilities with the right nib and penmanship. There’s also the possibility for a golden sheen with wet lines.

Final Conclusion on this Week’s Featured Krishna Ink:

This week’s ink was a nice, dark true -purple color with nice shading possibilities. Dilli ink is also priced economically and has a very reasonable dry time. The second ink from Krishna’s new India Series of inks, Dilli ink was inspired and named after one of India’s largest cities. Happy writing from India!

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Geoffrey Dunn
2 years ago

I’m just recently getting into purple inks and would love to try this one out.

Sara Hagen
2 years ago

This ink is gorgeous! I love purple inks, especially dark purple ones. Hope I win this one!

2 years ago

Man you can tell that a-I don’t use much facebook anymore and b-I’ve entered a lot of penchalet contests when I go to type in facebook and it defaults/autocompletes to land on penchalet! Every time I go to fb I start off at penchalet, it’s pretty awesome actually. Anyway, this ink looks super cool, I’ve got two Krishna inks in my collection so far and zero purple inks. I think this looks like a solid restrained purple that would work well for journaling.

Cynthia L Richter
2 years ago

Oh, how I love purple ink! Anew color and a new company to try. The looks really nice on this one. I have a purple pen with a medium nib just calling for this one to try. At a nice price it is on my list.

2 years ago

I *do* love the Krishna inks. All the ones I have tried are beautifully smooth to use. I am intrigued by the green-gold sheen Dilli seems to have.

2 years ago

Thanks for another great ink review and giveaway!

Gini R Cooper
2 years ago

I’ll have to go back and find the Mumbai review. FB doesn’t show your posts anymore. Thanks for a great review.

2 years ago

Not every day you see purple-black ink. Very interesting.

Uwem Bassey
2 years ago

I have not tried any Krishna inks but looking forward to trying it.

2 years ago

The ink splotch has a golden greenish sheen or tint!

Stephanie S
2 years ago

I’ve been really curious to try Krishna inks and this purple with it’s unique sheen is quite compelling I’ve got to say.