Brad and Myke brought me back on the podcast to discuss the new J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor ink, my refined fountain pen loadout, and much more. It was great to be back, always a pleasure speaking with Brad and Myke. Having a proper microphone helped too, Enjoy!
“Brad and Myke are joined by Ed Jelley to discuss one thing, and one thing only: J. Herbin 1670 Emerald of Chivor. This ink has us all captivated, and they went straight to the man who got the first bottle in the US. Discussion also focuses on Ed’s current loadout and favorite everyday inks, plus Brad’s recap of the week in pen news.”
It was a lot of fun being on the show, and I just wanted to thank Brad and Myke again for having me!
J. Herbin 1670
Emerald of Chivor
Fountain Pen Ink Review
Pen: Lamy 2000 Stainless Steel – Broad, Folded Nib Dip Pen
Ink: J. Herbin 1670 Emerald of Chivor
Paper: Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP – Dot Grid – B5
So, I’ve found my new favorite ink…this one. J. Herbin’s Emerald of Chivor is an awesome shade of teal with the signature 1670 gold flakes. In addition to the gold, there’s an incredible red sheen seen around the edges of each letter and where the ink pools – resulting in an ink with intense depth. The ink flows well, if anything a bit on the wet side in my Lamy 2000’s broad nib. There’s so much depth to this interesting ink and I absolutely love it. Even my friends who have seen it (who couldn’t care less about fountain pens and ink) commented on how cool it looked. I think the ink looks best in a broad nib, and even better in a folded nib dip pen. On top of the gold flakes, the red sheen, and the high saturation, the ink has a nice degree of shading. J. Herbin really hit it out of the park with this intensely complex ink!
Be on the lookout for Emerald of Chivor in stores later this summer!
Check out this video I produced for J. Herbin for the new ink:
All photos are uploaded in hi-res, click to enlarge!
- OMG GOLD FLAKE
- Red Sheen
- Awesome color
- Great shading
Disclaimer: I received this bottle of ink pre-release for purposes of product photography and video production. I was not compensated for this post – all opinions are my own.
Left to Right:
- Lamy Safari Griso Grey – Diamine Grey – F Nib
- Montblanc 149 – Iroshizuku Tsuki-Yo – M Nib
- Pilot Custom 823 – Diamine Asa Blue- Architect Point
- Nakaya Neo Standard – Diamine Asa Blue – S-M Nib
- Lamy 2000 Stainless – TOP SECRET – B Nib
- Lamy 2000 Makrolon– Sailor Kiwa Guro Black – M Nib
Notes: It’s kind of a weird feeling to be completely content with a set of pens. I’ve spent the last four to five years buying, trying, and selling a TON of different pens and I feel like I’ve finally achieved a small collection of writing instruments in which I am completely happy with. Since the last loadout post, I’ve sold off my Pelikan M805 Stresemann – only reason is that I didn’t bond with it. I had the same experience with my M605. They both write wonderfully, look great, and were classic looking pens. The problem is that I found myself reaching for my Lamy 2000 Stainless that I bought at the same time way more than the Pelikan. As far as I’m concerned, this set of 6 pens is all I really need. The Safari is great for grab and go, the Montblanc is large and has significant presence, the Pilot 823 with architect point is super fun to write with, the Nakaya just has a feel in hand like no other pen, and I absolutely love my workhorse Lamy 2000s. Not in the pack are my Karas Kustoms Inks – I still have two of them and they’re not going anywhere. They’re just on a little bit of a break. I’ll continue to buy and try new pens, but right now I’m completely content with these and that is a really weird feeling…
The inks I’ve been using are a bit different too. Two pens contain Diamine’s Asa Blue (Pilot 823 and Nakaya) – a wonderful medium blue that really pops off the page. It’s like a slightly toned down Kon-Peki and I’m loving it. I picked it up in one of Diamine’s smaller bottles to try out, and I suggest you do the same! The Grey Safari is loaded with Grey ink, also by Diamine. It just makes sense in there. The Tsuki-yo (I think it’s Tsuki-yo…can’t remember!) in the Montblanc is a darker blue that just feels right loaded in there. It looks a bit more serious and it’s a serious pen. The Lamy 2000 is loaded with Sailor Kiwa Guro Nano Black – one of the blackest black inks out there. It’s also pigmented and permanent. I had to sign some really important documents this week, so I loaded that up specifically for that. The last on the list is the broad nibbed Lamy 2000 with a mystery ink. I’m sworn to secrecy on what the ink is, the brand of the ink, and the color of it. Trust me, this one is REALLY exciting. I should be able to uncover it within a few weeks so keep an eye out!
In the mean time, if you need a fountain pen picture fix, check out my Instagram.
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I’d like to thank Pen Chalet for sponsoring this site this month. You can see their banner in the side bar to the right that will take you to all of the current specials that Pen Chalet is running. At the time of writing, they have a killer deal going on for the Kaweco ART Sport (the awesome acrylic version) for only $81, as well as Platinum demonstrators for 40% off.
To kick off the sponsorship, Pen Chalet is offering up an additional 10% discount on any order if you use the code “EDJELLEY” at checkout!