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J. Herbin Caroube de Chypre Video Review

J. Herbin Caroube de Chypre
Video Review

I wanted to make my own video for the J. Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre ink, so here it is! The ink is a reddish-brown with gold flakes. There’s a nice amount of shading, and the ink is slightly on the thin side. It’s SO much fun to use with a folded nib pen, as you can see above. Would you like to see more videos like this? Let me know in the comments below.

Now for the wait…the ink releases in just over 2 weeks!

Huge thanks to Sergeant Jay for letting me use “Leiram Waltz” on the video, check his work out here. 

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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Family portrait.

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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.

J. Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean Ink Handwritten Review 7

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.