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J. Herbin Orange Indien – Ink Review

J. Herbin
Orange Indien
Fountain Pen Ink Review

J. Herbin Orange Indien Fountain Pen Ink Review-2PenLamy 2000 Stainless Steel – Broad
Paper: Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP – Dot Grid – B5

Notes:

Despite the name, J. Herbin’s Orange Indien is not an india ink, and it will perform just fine in your fountain pen. The ink writes a bit “thin”, which results in great flow, but low saturation. It’s not the brightest ink on the page, but it does exhibit some nice, low-key shading. The color isn’t very bright like Noodler’s Apache Sunset, making it a nice middle of the road orange. Orange Indien is definitely legible on bright white paper, but maybe not as much on cream or off-white. I’m not huge on this orange, but the small bottle is just enough to get a few good fills out of it! Thanks to JetPens for sending the bottle over for review!

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Check out this video I produced for J. Herbin for the new ink:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmlW9eS3GB4

All photos are uploaded in hi-res, click to enlarge!

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Pros:

  • Really Good Flow
  • Nice Shading
  • Good Performance
  • Cleans Out Easily

Cons:

  • Low Saturation
  • A Bit Light

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J. Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean – Ink Review + Video

J. Herbin 1670
Bleu Ocean (New w/ Sheen)
Fountain Pen Ink Review

J. Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean Fountain Pen Ink Review Sheen-13PenLamy 2000 Stainless Steel – Broad, Folded Nib Dip Pen
Paper: Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP – Dot Grid – B5

Notes:

J. Herbin caught some flak when they released a blue 1670 ink a few years back and it had no gold flake. Well, no need to worry any more, as they’ve added a good amount of it to their deep blue 1670 ink. The gold flake (shimmer, whatever you want to call it) is a very fine powder, so be careful about leaving it in any one pen for too long. I haven’t had any clogging issues with regular use, but there’s no harm in being a little bit more cautious with this ink. Flow and saturation are good, and the gold flake really pops against the darker blue. Although some may have preferred a silver sheen, don’t knock it until you try it. The blue and gold looks pretty great in my opinion.

Check out this video I produced for J. Herbin for the new ink:

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Pros:

  • OMG GOLD FLAKE
  • Nice Color

Cons:

  • Watch for clogging

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Diamine Asa Blue Ink Review

Diamine Asa Blue Fountain Pen Ink Review

Pen: Nakaya Neo Standard Medium, Folded Nib Dip Pen
Ink: Diamine Asa Blue
Paper: Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP B5 Dot Grid

Diamine Asa Blue Fountain Pen Ink Review-14Pros:

  • Smooth writing
  • Nice shading
  • Great everyday color
  • Diamine reliability

Cons:

  • None!

Notes:
Jetpens recently started carrying the small bottles of Diamine Ink. I saw them and immediately got to shopping. These 30ml bottles are ideal for an ink you “like” but don’t “love”. It’s more of a commitment than a sample, but not as much as a full bottle – ideal for trying out an an ink that you think you might like. I’ve been wanting to try Asa Blue as a more affordable alternative to Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki for a while now, so into my shopping cart it went.

The color reminds me much of Kon-Peki, but slightly more subdued and therefore more appropriate for everyday writing. After only a few lines in, I knew that this ink would fast become a favorite. This lovely shade of medium blue is a pleasure to write with and even nicer to look at. I’m a huge fan of Diamine ink – great saturation, flow, color variety, and shading without breaking the bank. I’ve been using this ink for a few weeks now, and I’m hooked. Asa Blue just may beat out Kon-Peki for my number one blue!

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Thanks for reading and enjoy the review!

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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

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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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Pros:

  • OMG GOLD FLAKE
  • Red Sheen
  • Awesome color
  • Great shading

Cons:

  • None!

 

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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.

5 Best Inks For Everyday Use

5 Best Inks For Everyday Use

EFJF2530There are hundreds of inks out there from dozens of different brands. There is sure to be a color already made to suit everyone’s individual tastes. Different brands have different characteristics and properties, including dry time, flow, smoothness, saturation and the ability to shade. While an ink like Noodler’s Apache Sunset is fun to write with an stunning to look at when in a flex nib, it’s not overly practical. I’ve put together a short list of my top 5 favorite inks for every day use. In the list, you’ll see a blue, a black, a blue-black, a red and a green. Read on to find out what made the list!

EFJF25421. Diamine Asa Blue
Even though I’ve only recently acquired a bottle of this ink, it’s fast becoming one of my favorites. I have had great experiences with Diamine ink in the past – it’s easy enough to clean out, no staining, it’s well behaved on a lot of different paper types, and it’s reliable. This ink is a lovely shade of medium blue. It reminds me of Iroshizuku’s Kon-Peki, an ink I also love. I think the Asa Blue slightly edges it out of the top list because it is slightly more appropriate for everyday use due to the more subdued color.

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2. Sailor Kiwa Guro Nano Black
Sailor’s Kiwa Guro Nano Black is one of my favorite inks. When I first got into fountain pens, I set out on the quest to find the perfect black. In my opinion, Sailor really did an excellent job with this ink. The color is super dark and it’s glassy smooth to write with. This is a pigmented ink, meaning that it will have a higher permanence than other inks, but be careful about leaving in a pen for extended periods of time. I’ve never had an issue with the ink, but it’s still worth a mention. Kiwa Guro is great for everyday use because it performs well on both regular copy paper and more premium pads like Rhodia. If you’re looking for the darkest, smoothest black ink out there, definitely consider giving this one a try!

Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze Age Review Writing Sample3. Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-Kai
Not quite blue, not quite black, Shin-Kai is an excellent ink for those who can’t make up their minds. While regular black ink can get boring, this cross between blue and black adds a bit of color to the page while still maintaining a serious, professional look. If the bright blue color of Asa Blue is inappropriate for your line of work, consider going for a blue black like Shin-Kai. In case you were unaware, Iroshizuku is Pilot’s premium line of inks. They all perform very well on a wide range of papers and come packaged in a beautiful glass bottle that will look great on any desk.

Diamine Matador4. Diamine Matador
For the teachers and editors out there, this list had to include a red ink. This offering from Diamine is as bright as they come. The vibrant red ink goes on the page without any shading, which helps increase legibility. Load it up in a 1.1mm stub for bold lines that will stand out amongst an entire page of words with ease. While it may not be the best for regular writing (imagine trying to read a whole page of red ink!), it’s great for pointing out something that needs to be seen.

j-herbin-vert-empire-fountain-pen-ink-handwritten-review-4 (1)5. J. Herbin Vert Empire
Sometimes blue, black, blue-black, and red just don’t cut it. I like to keep a pen loaded up with a dark green ink to add some diversity to my notes. J. Herbin’s Vert Empire is a perfect green ink that’s both dark enough to read and colorful enough to be different. The color is easy on the eyes and a pleasure to write with!

I’ve given some suggestions on what inks make great daily drivers. Leave a comment below with your go-to everyday ink!