J. Herbin – 1670 edition


Last week, I have finished reviewing entire series of absolutely amazing and really interesting inks of J. Herbin’s famous 1670 Edition. The 1670 ink edition or actually collection was created by J. Herbin manufacturer in order to celebrate life and voyages of J. Herbin, a French sailor who during his journeys was collecting natural indigents for creating sealing waxes and inks in his workshop in Paris. J. Herbin ink was commissioned by Victor Hugo and also produced for king Louis XIV.
In the series each new colour is released every few months and so far the collection contains four different inks: Rouge Hematite, Bleu Ocean, Stormy Grey and Emerald of Chivor. All four become extremely popular among fountain pen users and calligraphers. All inks in the series have one common factor. They contains golden flecks or particles suspended in the ink volume which gave absolutely stunning visual effect with reflected light. Interestingly, all have slightly different physical properties, but all perform very well with excellent flow and saturation. Some like for instance Emerald of Chivor are very complex and apart of base colour as well as golden particles, exhibit gorgeous red shine which adds an additional dimension to written letters. There are obviously tiny issues, but at the end of the day, who doesn’t have one? Inks are available in 50 ml premium looking squared bottles (unfortunately with way too narrow necks) and packed into beautiful white paper boxes with pretty silver or gold imprints. Everything make these inks look highly collectable.

Thanks to Mishka from BureauDirect, UK, I was lucky enough to test and review the fifth very anticipated color of last few weeks: Caroube de Chypre. This is gorgeous chocolatey-brown ink with golden flecks and amazing bright green sheen. Caroube de Chypre will be available in stores on July 15th. Do not miss it it really rocks !

I hope you enjoy the series. Please click the pictures below to see a full review.

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  • Sashineb

    I wanted to like the Rouge Hematite; really, I wanted to like it. But it clogged my pens with so much gunk, it was unbelievable. I know it’s the gold particles that makes this happen, but the residue on the nibs and feeds was disgusting. Lovely colours, all of them, though.