Stormy Grey is the third ink in the 1670 Special Edition by J. Herbin. Is already around for more than year and its position is well established. The base colour is dark grey which often looks almost black, which is nothing super exciting. However the whole show belongs golden particles suspended in the ink which reflect incident light creating absolutely adorable ‘shimmering’ effect, especially on the paper when viewed at certain angles. Those golden particles quite quickly deposit on the bottom of the ink bottle, so it is highly recommend to agitate bottle before use, to make sure that glittery bits are suspended in the entire volume. Otherwise is is easy to end up with gray/black ink only, which obviously is not the purpose of Stormy Grey ink. Its purpose it to shine. This obviously is one of the major problems with ‘shimmering’ inks – they have to be shaken gently. This is easy to do with the bottle (make sure that is closed, I have seen peoples photos when they forgot – God forbid!), however not that easy with the fountain pen. Some people roll pen before use. I am turning pen gently upside down few times and it usually does the trick. Stormy Grey is well saturated and actually water resistant. With few passes of water I managed to wash down the golden sheen but the base color persisted.
The flow of Stormy Gray is exquisite. Every time, I write with this ink I feel that the Stormy Gray is a lubricant itself. It feels viscous, but has smooth flow on the paper, indeed. On good quality paper it looks amazing, especially smooth like ClaireFontaine or Rhodia, however on rougher types some feathering and show through may be observed. One cheap paper may be severe. I have addressed number of envelopes with Stormy Gray and the score is fifty-fifty. Some look excellent but some become completely useless junk. This obviously has more to do with the paper quality than ink, but please be aware. Otherwise, writing with this ink is a joy to use. I tend to use most sparkling inks with cheap pens equipped with semi-flexible nibs like Noodler’s Ahab or similar, which in my opinion allow these inks to stand out. There is also another reason to use these pens. The particles present in Stormy Grey (similarly to other inks in this series) like to deposit on feed gills or in between the feed and nib, so I found extremely useful if pen used along this type of ink is easy to maintain and clean when necessary. Usually, this is not really a problem but clogging may happen, especially when pen is left unused for a while. I would not recommend to use it with expensive pens. Otherwise, I see no reasons against.
In therms of colour, J. Herbin’s Stormy Grey is very similar to Diamine – Sparkling Shadows. Both have dark grey base and both contain golden particles. Physical properties are somehow different, due to extra lubricant-like feel Stormy Gray gives.
Analogously to other ins in the series Stormy Grey is available in a very visually appealing, premium looking 50 ml squared bottles.
Great ink for all who like fun and do not mind experiment with inks. This is ink rather for special occasions than for daily writing, but this is rather subjective. However, I would not recommended it to people who like simple and easy solution and not not like to see glittery stuff on the paper.