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J. Herbin 1670 Emerald of Chivor – Ink Review + Video

J. Herbin 1670
Emerald of Chivor
Fountain Pen Ink Review

PenLamy 2000 Stainless Steel – Broad, Folded Nib Dip Pen
Ink: J. Herbin 1670 Emerald of Chivor
Paper: Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP – Dot Grid – B5

J. Herbin 1670 Emerald of Chivor Review-11Notes:
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!

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  • Red Sheen
  • Awesome color
  • Great shading


  • None!



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.

Field Notes “Workshop Companion” – Summer 2015 Colors Edition – Review

Field Notes
Summer 2015 Colors Edition
“Workshop Companion”

Field Notes Workshop Companion-11Specs From Field Notes:

“This 27th limited COLORS edition is a set of six books, boxed in a sturdy 60-pt custom slipcase with a sheet of crack-and-peel decals. Each of the books focuses on one DIY discipline — Wood Working, Automotive, Gardening, Painting, Plumbing, and Electrical — each containing tips, reference materials and the usual Field Notes wise-cracking.

Field Notes Workshop Companion-4The six covers are color-coded to compliment six tones of 100-lb cover stock from the French Paper Company’s terrific new “Kraft-Tone” paper, their first new grade in five years. The 70-lb text Kraft-Tone “Standard White Kraft” body pages feature our dot-grid, and are bound with tough brass staples. Anyone fixing a switch, planting a bush, or painting a door jamb will find these books make a nice addition to their workbench, junk drawer or toolbox.Field Notes Workshop Companion-2


This is going to be like my coverage on the other COLORS editions by Field Notes – more of an overview than a full review. If you’re unaware, Field Notes puts out a quarterly limited edition, usually themed, with some cool details involved. This set of 6 books is packaged in a cardboard slip cover and they’re themed to help you get work done. Each book represents a sect of handiwork, from electrical to plumbing. The covers are heavy 100 lb. stock that feels like it will stand up to being tossed in a toolbox or back pocket.

Field Notes Workshop Companion-10I particularly like the brass staples. They’re subtle, but I think that’s why I like them. The 70 lb. paper inside is quite toothy, but does a decent job holding up to fountain pen ink. I’ve been more into pencils lately, and the toothy paper feels great with some nice graphite. There’s a bit of feathering and some minor bleed through, but Field Notes haven’t ever been the greatest for fountain pens. Gel ink, ballpoint pens and even some markers work well with the paper, you shouldn’t have any trouble.

I’m a fan of the edition, and as with all COLORS editions, these are limited. Head over to FIELD NOTES to grab a pack (or two, like I did…) before they’re gone forever!

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Bag Dump – Here’s an inside look at what’s in my bag!

Bag Dump
An inside look at what’s in my bag!

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Huge glaring issue here – there’s no fountain pens. Turns out I forgot my Nock Co. Brasstown which was full of pens on my work desk. So don’t worry, they’re usually in here too. This week I have a Lamy 2000, a Lamy 2000 Stainless, a Griso Grey Safari, a Montblanc 149 and a Pilot Custom 823 w/ Architect grind. The pencils are all fresh in from CW Pencil Enterprise and I’ve been testing them out to see which I prefer. So far the Caran d’Ache Swiss Wood are ahead of the pack.

The leather case houses three Field Notes – the Ambition set. I use the datebook as a journal, the graph for misc. notes, and the ledger to track spending. So far these have been excellent.

The Fuji X100T is my go-to, everyday camera. It’s my favorite camera and probably one of my favorite possessions. It’s so fun to use and the image quality is outstanding. A lot of the photos you see on the site and on my Instagram are from this camera. The built in wifi transfer makes for quick and easy editing on the go. This is where the iPad mini comes in handy.

The front pouch of the Topo Mountain Brief leaves something to be desired, so enter in the Cocoon Grid-It. The Grid-It is a board loaded with elastic straps that have rubber grips on each one. This system keeps all of my odds and ends (you can see there are quite a few) organized and safe. The bag itself is the perfect EDC bag for me, it’s just the right size and I love the way it looks.

My Retina MacBook Pro 15″ is my everyday computer for both work and play. I bring it with me back and forth to work, it handles photo editing with no issues and the screen looks great. I appreciate the HDMI output, as it makes connecting it to my office monitor a breeze. I’ve been using Mac for so long now, I couldn’t imagine using anything else.

Thanks for taking a peek inside my bag!

Bonus pic: my key setup and a closeup of my phone. I carry a lighter (I don’t smoke) just in case and another small flashlight on my keychain. The paracord isn’t with me every day, but a small length of it is right at home on my Peter Atwood Roll Bar in Bronze.

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Cleaning House – Pens for Sale

Trying to clear out some of the less-used pieces in my collection. If you’re interested in multiple pens, I will discount shipping!

All prices include shipping and insurance to the United States, if you are international, please let me know and we can work out a new price. I’m open to offers as well, so feel free to make reasonable offers! Please no trades at this time!


Ti Post Pen and Stylus by BigiDesign

Pens for Sale-2

Takes many refills – $55 shipped and insured
Barely used.


Masterstroke Airfoil TwistPens for Sale-5

Ballpoint – $25 shipped and insured
Cool looking pen, thick grip section.


Cubix Multicolore Pen/Pencil Case Review

Cubix Multicolore
Pen/Pencil Case Review
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What is it? The Multicolore by Cubix is a small, triangular pen / pencil case by Japanese brand Cubix. Cubics Multicolore Pencil Case Review-1The case is fashioned of nylon, has a nice looking zipper pull, and some subtle branding.

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Notes: This case is small, light, and does a great job of holding a dozen or so pens and pencils. I love the olive green color and the nicely coordinated leather-like zipper pull. The construction of the case is solid, and I don’t anticipate durability being an issue. The triangular shape helps the case sit with the zipper facing up and won’t roll off the table if nudged. Inside the case, the fabric has a  plastic coating. Why you ask? Well if a pen happens to explode, the case will not get ruined and can be easily washed out. This case is lightweight, zips up easily, and looks great in the process. At $6.75, it won’t break the bank and comes in a variety of colors to suit everyone’s taste.
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Overall, I can see myself picking up a few of these for mass storage. They’re well made and look great. Thanks to my friends at Jetpens for sending the Cubix Multicolore to review!

Check out JetPens for tons of awesome Japanese pens and stationery. Free shipping on orders over $25, and hitting that is always an easy task!