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J. Herbin – Terre de Feu – Handwritten Ink Review

J. Herbin : Terre de Feu Fountain Pen Ink

J. Herbin Terre de Feu Fountain Pen Ink Review 9PenPelikan Souveran M605 – Fine nib
Ink: J. Herbin Terre de Feu
Paper: Rhodia dotPad, No. 16 - Top Spiral Bound

Pros:

  • Unique Color
  • Great Shading
  • Good Performance

Cons:

  • Unique Color
  • Bottle Shape

Notes: If you notice that I put “unique color” as both a pro and a con. The ink is definitely a different color from the offerings out there. I didn’t pick this ink out, and it’s not something I usually would. I’m actually pleasantly surprised by how much I’ve been enjoying it though. It’s especially good (due to the great shading) in a Pilot Parallel 3.8mm, the shading is incredible. It also dries nicely on the page. I would call Terre de Feu (Land of Fire) a medium reddish brown. When you translate the name from French, it does a pretty good job of describing the ink. I particularly like this ink on ivory paper, as it cuts down on some of the red and looks almost like a sepia. Like most J. Herbin inks, the performance is good but the bottle is poorly designed. I like the ink quite a bit and use it on a regular basis. Overall, it’s definitely worth checking out.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the review!

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Gets much darker with more passes. The ink layers quite nicely and is a very capable shader.

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Not as intense as it is in a broader nib, but for being in a German fine, this shades quite nicely.

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This ink compliments my go-to photo background (a tile) pretty well.

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The shading doesn’t get in the way of reading what’s written, but it’s still apparent enough to be noticed.

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Terre de Feu almost looks like a very watered down Oxblood.

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Comparison inks. If anything, it’s closest to the Diamine Oxblood, but much, much lighter.

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J. Herbin – Vert Empire – Handwritten Ink Review

J. Herbin : Vert Empire Fountain Pen Ink

J. Herbin Vert Empire Fountain Pen Ink Handwritten Review 4PenSailor Professional Gear Imperial Black, Fine Nib / Lamy Al-Star 1.1mm Stub
Ink: J. Herbin Vert Empire
Paper: Rhodia dotPad, No. 16 - Top Spiral Bound

Notes: Part of being a responsible blogger is being honest. Exaclair was nice enough to supply me with this bottle of J. Herbin, and I couldn’t be more appreciative. Keep in mind that this does not change my opinion of the ink, I stand by my review.

I feel like I’m drowning in green inks. Is this a bad thing? I don’t think so. Before receiving a bottle of this ink, I had purchased a sample a while back and remembered enjoying it quite a bit. I can say that I was happy when I got the bottle. Vert Empire isn’t your brightest green, which is a nice thing. It’s not quite as dark as Diamine Evergreen, but has some of the same tones going on. The ink shades pretty nicely and as far as medium-dark green go, this one’s  a winner. As with all of my experiences with J. Herbin, the ink performs well, cleans out nicely (okay, Rouge Hematite doesn’t clean out too easily, but it’s totally worth using), and is an all around good ink. The shade of green isn’t too crazy, and you can probably get away with it in more formal situations, but it can be a bit light on the page with a finer nib. The only thing that leaves something to be desired is the shape of J. Herbin’s small bottles. While I like the shape and the aesthetics of the bottle, function usually wins out over form. They can be a bit hard to fill when the ink level gets low, but hey, that’s what they sell syringes for.

Enjoy the pictures, and check out Exaclair for all your J. Herbin, Rhodia, and Clairefontaine needs.

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Some pretty nice shading from this one, I need to check it out in a flex nib.
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The Vert Empire builds up on the page nicely. It’s easily darkened with a few passes of the nib.

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A bit lighter than Diamine Evergreen and Private Reserve Sherwood Green.

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J. Herbin – 1670: Bleu Ocean – Handwritten Ink Review

J. Herbin 1670: Bleu Ocean Fountain Pen Ink

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PenPilot Metropolitan, Medium Nib
Ink: J. Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean
Paper: Rhodia dotPad, No. 16 - Top Spiral Bound

Notes: Part of being a responsible blogger is being honest. Exaclair was nice enough to supply me with this bottle of J. Herbin, and I couldn’t be more appreciative. Keep in mind that this does not change my opinion of the ink, I stand by my review.

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Lots of people aren’t big fans of the ink for a few different reasons. Mostly it’s that the ink doesn’t have any sort of sheen like it’s partner, Rouge Hematite. In a perfect world Bleu Ocean would have a silver sheen, but it doesn’t. I found it to be super saturated (which is nice) and super smooth. The ink performs absolutely wonderfully, especially in my Pilot Metropolitan. It dries faster than the Rouge Hematite, which is infamous for being a slow dryer. The bottle is great to look at, the ink is great to write with, and I like the color, what more could I ask for?

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Sheaffer Turquoise – Handwritten Ink Review

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PenTWSBI Diamond 540 – Medium Nib
Ink: Sheaffer Turqouise, Sheaffer Peacock Blue
Paper: Rhodia dotPad, No. 16 - Top Spiral Bound

Notes: I ordered this sample of Sheaffer Turquoise because I wanted to compare to the bottle of vintage Peacock Blue that I have. They’re pretty close, but the Peacock Blue has a little bit more green in it, and doesn’t shade as much as the Turquoise. The Turquoise performed very nicely, had great shading, and wrote nice and smooth. The color was pleasing as well. I used all of the blues I had inked up in the comparison section to give a better idea of what the shade was. While I don’t think it’s a direct replacement for the discontinued Peacock Blue, it’s pretty darn close.

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This ink can really shade. It’d be nice to see what it can do with a broader nib, or something with some flex.

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Side by side, you can see that the Peacock Blue has a little bit more green in it than the Turquoise.

J. Herbin 1670 Rouge Hematite – Handwritten Ink Review

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Pen:Lamy Safari, Red, 1.5mm Stub Nib
Ink: J. Herbin 1670 Rouge Hematite
Paper: Rhodia dotPad, No. 16 - Top Spiral Bound

Notes: J. Herbin’s 1670 Rouge Hematite. That is a mouthful, but such an impressive ink deserves an equally impressive name. This ink was released for the 340th Anniversary of J. Herbin. Wow. 340 years of ink manufacturing is absolutely crazy. There are few things in the world that can say they’ve been doing something for that long. The ink itself is really, really nice to look at and write with. Rouge Hematite can be roughly translated to “Blood Red”. Going back to the days when I had a rock and mineral collection (I was eight years old, cut me a break) there were several pieces of hematite in my collection. Hematite is a dense, very dark grey stone that when polished gives off almost a black chrome appearance. This ink is not to be confused with the mineral. The Greeks used the word hematite for blood, and the color sure does look like it. It’s a deep, dark red with great shading and a golden sheen. Initially, it was this golden sheen that had drawn me to the ink, on top of that it’s blood red. Really, what more could I ask for? There are a few things about the ink that I don’t necessarily like, but they are easily overlooked when seeing the final product.

See what I mean? It's stare-worthy.
See what I mean? It’s stare-worthy.

The ink dries pretty slow, and with Rhodia or any slicker paper, the ink doesn’t really like to stay put. If some smearing on the page (which is practically inevitable unless you’re surgically precise with your writing and hand position) and some red-stained hands here and there bother you, I would suggest checking out a sample before committing to an entire bottle. Which brings me to the bottle. It’s looks absolutely stunning. It’s taller than J. Herbin’s other ink bottles, and much more square. It has a golden ribbon that’s held down by a gold wax seal. The cap is coated in red sealing wax as well. The bottle is a great piece to have on my desk along with my other more visually pleasing bottles. The only thing about the bottle is that the mouth isn’t very wide, and pens with a thicker grip could have trouble filling. It’s a small trade off, plus, it’s up to the Germans to provide form and function, the French just make everything look pretty (from a design standpoint anyway).

Enjoy the review, this is an ink I always have in at least one of my pens.

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Great shading here, however be careful with a broader nib. The dry time can be pretty long depending on the paper.
Great shading here, however be careful with a broader nib. The dry time can be pretty long depending on the paper.
I opted to compare my other blood red ink with this one. While oxblood is much darker (perhaps a less oxygenated blood), Rouge Hematite is a brighter shade of red with less blue and more yellow. Either way, they're both great inks.
I opted to compare my other blood red ink with this one. While oxblood is much darker (perhaps a less oxygenated blood), Rouge Hematite is a brighter shade of red with less blue and more yellow. Either way, they’re both great inks.