the best of shimmer

Tips: our top 6 tips for shimmer inks

the best of shimmer

This post has been in the works for some time now… Last year was a great year for all inks glittery. We had the arrival of the new Diamine Shimmer ink range which was simply amazing. How often do sequels in life surprise and exceed expectations?

With our cupboards brimming with sparkling ink it’s about time to start writing with some of the stuff. But, before we can get stuck in, let’s talk some quick tips to help bring those pens up to scratch and flowing smoothly to get the best of shimmer. 

Here are our top 6 tips for shimmer inks to help you make them truly shine & shimmer 🙂

1. Shake it till you wake it

the best of shimmer

Shake the bottle well before inking. Make sure that the silver/gold particles are not sitting at the bottom of the ink bottle.

It’s important to mention that turning pen in hand couple of times before and during writing (to re-distribute the shimmer again) will do wonders and is very eye pleasing too.

2. Cleaning is the key

the best of shimmer

Flush the pens regularly (every 2 weeks or so). We do stock cleaning solutions by Diamine / J Herbin which are not essential, but they do help with the flow of stubborn pens. If you would like to read more about cleaning, click to see our blog here.

3. Go broad

the best of shimmer

Use wetter/broader nibs (it will work with Fine nibs too, the shimmer may be a little less apparent or only show under certain angle/light).

I would highly recommend to dedicate a pen to shimmer inks –  TWSBI Eco comes to mind first….

It is a demonstrator pen which shows off shimmering ink beautifully. You can also disassemble it for a thorough clean.

4. There is paper and then there is paper

Emerald of Chivor on Tomoe River Paper

I have seen shimmer even on copy paper, but if you really want to embrace the shimmer use good paper : Rhodia, Clairefontaine, Tomoe River… If you see a photo with crazy amount of shimmer & often sheen the chances are it was Tomoe River – inks really shine on this one 🙂 <3

5. Cheat

Help the flow by pushing some ink through. Push or turn the filling mechanism to get some more ink on the nib and feed (careful, have some tissue paper ready just in case, but you will get a hang of it very quickly). I know that someone might say – well, it’s just not on, but trust me…pens do suffer from ink starvation and this is just too easy 🙂

6. Floss

the best of shimmer

The final piece of advice – this is another cheat/hack which I use a lot (I tend to over-clean pens :))

If you have some DVDs around with security tags, cut them open. Inside will be 2/3 pieces of very thin metal called shim. You can use the shim to ‘floss’ the cut in the nib. Flossing will greatly improve the flow (which may get jammed with paper fibers or shimmer particles).

Shimmering inks do require a little extra effort but they are so worth it 🙂

If you have any other tips/questions please leave them in the comments. We love talking about shimmer 😉

Grey Inks Comparisons

10 shades of grey ink

Grey Inks Comparisons

Introduction

Grey is a colour that we haven’t really explored before. This post (and the next one to come) really is a sequel to Diamine Earl Grey ink which seems to be a trend setter. A lot of our friends asked for a side-by-side comparison, I looked around for more grey ink and found 10 in our sampling station 🙂 These 10 inks are all grey, but as you will see, they are not the same. We haven’t done this layout before, so please drop us a line in comments with your feedback. Do you have/use grey ink at all, if so which is your favourite? Inks were tested on Rhodia dot paper with a glass pen. You can zoom in on photos for the details too. Enjoy!

Diamine – Grey

This is probably the first grey ink that comes to mind… Subtle, shades well, very universal. Can’t go wrong with this one. Diamine inks come in 80ml bottles and are fantastic value for money.

Grey Inks Comparisons : Diamine - Grey

Diamine – Graphite

Dark grey with green components which are very apparent in this ink. It’s almost black, colour is mossy and perfectly legible. Available in 80ml bottles.

Grey Inks Comparisons : Diamine - Graphite

J Herbin 1670 – Stormy Grey

It’s difficult not to take sides here, but this ink is the one that started a revolution of Shimmer – I love it 🙂 Base colour grey shades beautifully and it’s complimented with gold particles. Inked permanently in my Lamy 2000 <3 Available in 50ml bottles.

Grey Inks Comparisons : J Herbin 1670 - Stormy Grey

J Herbin – Gris Nuage

One of the paler colours from the bunch. Warm grey with purple undertones and decent shading. Fantastic grey ink for painting/colouring with water brush. Available in 30ml bottles, 10ml bottles and cartridge form.

Grey Inks Comparisons : J Herbin - Gris Nuage

Diamine – Earl Grey

We wrote a short story about this ink here. Fantastic rich colour with strong purple tint and delicate shading. Available soon.

Grey Inks Comparisons : Diamine - Earl Grey

KWZ – Grey Lux

Satin smooth ink to write with. This is one of the darkest grey inks. Very complex, satudated and made out of many dyes, almost black when dry. Absolute joy to use. Available in 60ml bottles.

Grey Inks Comparisons : KWZ - Grey Lux

Diamine – Sparkling Shadows

First generation of Diamine’s Shimmering inks. Grey with gold specs. Available in 50ml bottles.

Grey Inks Comparisons : Diamine - Sparkling Shadows

Diamine – Moon Dust

Jo’s number one ink 🙂 Pencil-like colour with silver shimmer. Fantastic name too. Second generation of Diamine Shimmer inks. Available in 50ml bottles.

Grey Inks Comparisons : Diamine - Moon Dust

Iroshizuku – Kiri Same

Light grey ink with expressive shading. This ink flows well as you can imagine all Iroshizuku inks do. Available in 50ml bottles.

Grey Inks Comparisons : Iroshizuku - Kiri Same

Kaweco – Smokey Grey

Colder grey ink with green undertones and quick dry times. Shading is visible and the smoke in the name represents the colour well. It comes in both 30ml bottle and cartridge version.

Grey Inks Comparisons : Kaweco - Smokey Grey
j herbin anniversary 1798 ural amethyst ink bottle

J Herbin Anniversary ink of 2017 is…

j herbin anniversary 1798 ural amethyst ink

The new J Herbin 1798 Anniversary Ink series

When Summer comes around and J Herbin announces their new anniversary ink, that is my favourite time of the year.

This year is no exception. We asked and they delivered 🙂 Well done J Herbin, well done…

Let’s have a quick intro from J. Herbin themselves first:

1798 INKS
The Maison HERBIN’s exclusive collection of
1798 Inks celebrates the year Jacques HERBIN
first introduced his own line of quality inks, an
important event in the history of this house
founded three centuries ago and whose story
continues today… Deep unsaturated colours
with optimal pressure sensitivity, 1798 Inks are
illuminated with shimmering flecks of silver for
an elegant finish.

AMÉTHYSTE DE L’OURAL (URAL AMETHYST)
Solid dark purple in the velvety hue of amethyst
with the satin finish of a silver mist for a lustrous
shimmering effect and a noble allure. Ural
Amethyst suggests the fires of this precious
gemstone from the reaches of Asia, prized by
jewellers of long ago.

LES ENCRES 1798
Les Encres 1798, de la Collection exclusive
Jacques HERBIN, fête la date de production
originale des encres Jacques HERBIN, événement
décisif dans l’histoire de la maison fondée
en 1670 et dont l’aventure se poursuit… De couleur
foncée non saturée, sensible aux nuances
de pression, les Encres 1798 sont illuminées
du miroitement de paillettes d’argent qui en
moirent la surface.

AMÉTHYSTE DE L’OURAL
Le violet profond, au ton plein et velouté, de la
pierre d’améthyste, satiné d’une brume d’argent
pour une robe d’écriture aux effets scintillants
de noble allure. Améthyste de l’Oural évoque
les feux de la pierre fine des confins de l’Asie,
jadis prisée par la joaillerie.

Well now we’ve learned from the new ink is what J in the name stands for – it’s Jacques 🙂

Apart from tinkering about with the name a little, there are quite a few other changes this year to the overall design and presentation as it looks like they are going through a minor rebranding exercise.

J Herbin 1798 bottle

The box is now a smart grey with purple label and white writing.  It does stand out nicely on plain background. Overall design looks more mature and reminds me of perfume bottle packaging. Capacity stays the same – 50ml of silver sheen enhanced ink aka superink.

j herbin anniversary 1798 ural amethyst ink bottle

J Herbin listened to feedback and changed the bottle neck – it has new, wider, 2cm opening. Thumbs up! The new bottle is slightly bigger, but the shape remains the same. Cap is covered in purple wax. A shiny looking scarf goes around the bottle neck and suits it very well. I wonder if Jacques himself was so lavishly dressed! On the front there’s the 1798 stamp which ties up the scarf and a colour label underneath with the ink name – Améthyste de l’Oural.

To finish it all off, the glass on the bottom of the bottle is embossed with Jacques Herbin and his mighty ship.

j herbin anniversary 1798 ural amethyst ink bottle

You’ve been good so far, waiting paitiently. So a drumroll please!

….And now for the ink itself 🙂 YES!

Colour of Ural Amethyst is everything we wanted – regal, majestic, dark, mysterious purple. This is the first time J Herbin used silver particles – previous 1670 range of inks (see our previous post here) used only gold. The ink is amazing – the more I use it, the more I love it.

I have left it in the pen for a week or so – there were no hard starts, pen started writing immediately. The particles move quickly and distribute very well. That said, the bottle needs shaking before inking (as usual) and turning the pen in hand before writing will make a huge difference to the shimmer.

Now to the main point, how it writes… I did some comparisons with other purple inks and paper from Rhodia, Leuchtturm and Tomoe River. You will hardly notice the green sheen, that is mainly just eye candy from using special paper. As always, the shine does depend on the viewing angle and light source etc but the silver effect is superb though – highlighting the dark tones of the deep purple body beautifully. I think I’ve fallen in love again…

Release day at the time of writing this article is 30 sleeps away (but who’s really counting) :).

What do you think? Will this ink top the popularity of Emerald of Chivor??

Spoiler alert - this photo (and the one at the top) was taken using Artoz Perga paper.

It’s a stiff, card version of tracing paper and is completely ink resistant. Not something we’d use everyday – special occasion only! The sheen and shimmer are simply stunning!!! You will not get this sort of sheen on standard writing paper.

j herbin anniversary 1798 ural amethyst ink

Release date for Jacque Herbin 1798 Ural Amethyst ink is 1st September 2017.

J Herbin Annniversary 1670 bottles

What’s Next For J. Herbin Anniversary Ink?

J Herbin Annniversary 1670 bottles

We have a quick look back at the golden lineage of J. Herbin Anniversary Inks and their beautiful shimmers. What do you think will be next?

In the Beginning

In the beginning, the humble 1670 Anniversary Inks started with a single incarnation called Hematite Red. This was one of their first inks to introduce a gold like reflection in the ink itself to add some magic to your writing. Although a brilliant red with a fantastic sheen, it never really garnered much critical acclaim but did start a small following. Not sure why, it is still a beautiful ink anyday.

(left: old formula, right: current formula)

J Herbin Anniversary 1670 Hematite Red old
J Herbin Anniversary 1670 Hematite Red new

J. Herbin went back to chemistry lab and had re-formulated the ink with real gold particles and came back with the ground breaking Ocean Blue. People started noticing that this was a serious line with a luxiourious look. Hematite Red was reformulated the same way and came back with a big revival. This will go down as a defining moment in the history books that helped define the gold/silver particle ink craze we have grown accustom to. With the foundations now set in place we were eager for the next.

J Herbin Anniversary 1670 Ocean Blue

All expectations flew out the window when Stormy Grey arrived at the scene. The build up in anticipation for this was on cloud nine and somehow when the ink was released we reached cloud ten. Oh boy did people go bananas for it. A classy look of gold shimmering upon a dark grey canvas. You could just about get away with it on office paperwork 🙂

J Herbin Anniversary 1670 Stormy Grey

You would think the story would have reached a climax but the 1670s had a super secret weapon for the next release. Emerald of Chivor, or as I refer to it as the Holy One. Our beliefs of gold and sheen shaken to the core by the unfound beauty that had been revealed to us. There will not be another ink like this in our generation. We have witnessed peak ink.

J Herbin Anniversary 1670 Emerald Of Chivor

Now surely we must be on the ink plateau, it can’t get better can it? No, nothing will ever come close to the Holy One, but among the rest Caroube De Chypre holds it’s own as a pleasant golden brown. Even if for it’s unfortunate choice of picturing on the box…

J Herbin Anniversary 1670 Caroube Chypre

With the Famous Five now set firmly in stone, that leaves us with a big question, what’s next? Will they be able to recreate another Emerald Of Chivor? What do you think will be next?

Oh and if you’d like to own one of your very own bottles, you can the get inks here: J. Herbin Anniversary Inks.
Swabs were done on Tomoe River paper, 68gsm, white found in the Taroko Design notebooks.

P.S. Remember to keep those pens clean to keep the gold flowing!

Herbin Fountain pen comparison

J Herbin Fountain Pen head to head. Compact vs Plus

Herbin Fountain pen comparison

Introduction

J Herbin fountain pen (Compact) is a true Bureau classic. The new ‘Plus’ model arrived a couple of weeks ago, so we decided to put them head to head. Read on to find out what makes them different…

Herbin Fountain pen Compact (top) Plus (bottom)

Style

The original J Herbin Compact is a cute little fountain pen. Body is made of transparent plastic and clip, top of the cap, ring are finished in metal. On the cap is the J Herbin name written in matching silver. Everything is nicely colour co-ordinated. Body of the pen tapers down – good news for those that use pen loops. Feed is made of black plastic and nib has nice scroll design with ‘Iridium point’ written over it.

New fountain pen Plus has a longer body, materials stayed the same, but the plastic feels a little sturdier. The barrel still tapers down, but ends with a flattened bottom. Inside the barrel is a transparent converter which comes as standard (unlike the Compact version).

Scores: J Herbin Compact fountain pen 8/10. J Herbin Plus fountain pen 9/10

Herbin Fountain pen nib comparison - Compact (top), Plus (bottom)

Features

Both of these pens are transparent and show off ink really well. I have inked bright red Robert Oster Fire Engine Red in the Plus and it looks striking 🙂

The biggest feature difference is the included converter with the Plus version. It holds more ink than cartridges or mini converters. Extra points here 🙂

Both pens can be disassembled easily and therefore are very easy to clean.

Scores: J Herbin Compact fountain pen 7/10.  J Herbin Plus fountain pen 9/10

Herbin Fountain pen Compact (top) Plus (bottom)

Usability

What is it like to write with?

Nibs look very similar on both pens. I have used my Compact J Herbin fountain pen for months now and I know how it writes. You can feel some tooth and feedback when writing, but I do like the thin line. The nib on Plus pen feels nicer and smoother, line appears a little wider too.

Both pens can take standard international short cartridges – J Herbin offers 20 colours in cartridge form, plenty of choice!

The Compact pen is usually more comfortable posted, so I’m glad that Herbin addressed that by increasing the barrel size with the uplift. However, I took a point off Plus fountain pen because it doesn’t post very securely. It can be posted, but it’s flimsy. Compact pen on the other hand posts like a pro 🙂

Scores: J Herbin Compact fountain pen 6/10.  J Herbin Plus fountain pen 8/10

Herbin Fountain pen writing sample comparison

Stats corner

J Herbin fountain pen CompactFeatureJ Herbin fountain pen Plus
£8.95 (+£2.50 for converter)price£12.95
9gun-inked weight11g
117mmsize when capped136mm
98mmsize when un-capped117mm
139mmsize when posted155mm
8 - 10mmsection diameter8 - 10mm
9 - 11mmbarrel diameter10 - 11mm

Value for money

J Herbin fountain pen Compact comes with 1 cartridge and currently goes for £8.95.

We also sell them in a compilation with a tin of 6 cartridges for £10.95.

If you would like to use bottled ink, then you’ll need a converter. Mini converters are £2.50 which makes the total with the pen £11.45.

J Herbin fountain pen Plus is £12.95 and comes with a converter. Ready to be filled with your favourite bottled ink.

Both of these are fantastic value for money. Fountain pens under a tenner are winners in my book 🙂 Some people prefer using cartridges, some prefer bottled ink. For that reason the scores in this category are even 🙂

Scores:  J Herbin Compact fountain pen 9/10. J Herbin Plus fountain pen 9/10

Verdict

New J Herbin fountain pen Plus is a clear winner. It feels stronger, writes nicer. The only flaw is that cap doesn’t post – then again it is already a fairly comfortable length…

PS: Good news for all tinkerers out there – parts are interchangeable between both fountain pens, including nibs and feeds.

Scores:  J Herbin Compact fountain pen 30/40. J Herbin Plus fountain pen 35/40

J Herbin fountain pen Compact scoring chart

Style
Features
Usability
Value for money

J Herbin fountain Plus scoring chart

Style
Features
Usability
Value for money
squeezing J Herbin cleaning solution through rollerball feed

Review: Herbin Fountain Pen Cleaning Solution Guide

J Herbin cleaning solution

J Herbin released cleaning cartridges this year, so we have decided to put them to test.

Why use cleaning solution you may ask?

There are some pens which are more stubborn than others. Same goes for ink…. If cleaning with water does not work then I usually reach for J Herbin cleaning solution. The liquid is made from Limonene which is derived from citrus fruit rind. The colour may vary – it can go from clear, yellow to pink. This is perfectly normal and does not affect the quality of the product. Natural ingredients have a pleasant orange zesty smell too 🙂 Apart from cleaning properties it also lubricates the feed and restores the ink flow.

Bottled version of the cleaning solution has a permanent place in my pen hospital repository.

J Herbin rollerball and fountain pens

J Herbin Cleaning solution cartridges are standard international short cartridges and look just like ink cartridges.

Having a cleaning solution in the cartridge sounds like an interesting idea. Cartridge is a handy little container – convenient, no mess, portable. You can always have one in your pen case (even in the pen if the barrel is long enough to have 2). It’s less messy because you don’t need to use middle-man to transfer the liquid. It will fit many pens. Some of the brands which take this version of cartridges are Faber-Castell, J Herbin, Kaweco, Montblanc, Monteverde, Pelikan, Rotring, Schneider, Waterman, etc… Solution in the cartridge will ‘travel’ exactly the same way as the ink and it it will also lubricate the right channels.

How to use J Herbin cleaning solution.

Bottled version is perfect for soaking. Simply put a little bit of solution in a vial or a cup (hint: tilt the cup – that way you will need less solution) and then dip in your nib. You can also try to draw some solution into the pen if using a converter or go all the way and disassemble the pen. Soak the front part/feed/nib for a few minutes. Rinse with cold water and dry.

Use cleaning cartridges the same way as ink cartridges. Rinse the pen under cold water to flush most of the ink out. Push the cartridge into the pen as normal and squeeze the cartridge to push the liquid through. Empty the entire cartridge at once and let it sit in the pen for a little bit – we have tried this method for J Herbin Fountain pen and it worked wonders. Unplug the empty cartridge, rinse the pen.

Use the same procedure for J Herbin rollerball pens, but do let them soak longer. Shake the excess liquid out and let dry before you ink them up. We find this works the best for us. Let us know your experience….

Click here to read our 6 top tips about how to look after your fountain pens 🙂

Herbin Metallic Inks - Copper on dipping pen

J Herbin Metallic Inks

Herbin Metallic Inks

Something shiny arrived in the post and the whole office could not help but gather around like a flock of mesmerised birds. It's the J Herbin Metallic inks... Brace yourselves!

Herbin Metallic ink - Copper animated

I was thinking about how to talk about these inks but figured that the best way to show them off was with a photo heavy review 🙂

I’m sure that many of you have fallen in love with J Herbin 1670 and Diamine Shimmering inks. While their gold and silver particles look amazing, they do not show too well on black paper. Our saviour, the J Herbin Metallic inks, fill this gap – they are pigment based calligraphy inks and work on both light and dark paper. However, I cannot stress enough that it is only suitable for dip and glass pens. Sorry, no fountain pens are allowed here!

You can get the inks individually as 30ml bottles or an assorted set of five smaller 10ml bottles. They are very easy to use – you do not need to dilute them or add Arabic gum. That said – they do need shaking… A lot of shaking 🙂

Let’s have a look at what you get in the set.

First, there’s the white. There are no white inks for fountain pens, so it’s great that J Herbin added this here even tho it’s not really metallic. White calligraphy ink will look ace on silver/gold/black or kraft paper. My only moan is, that is is not as opaque as the rest of metallic inks.

Iron ink is a little strange – it looks like a rusty water pipe 🙂 There is a nice mossy green sheen which sits on the top and shows well on bright white paper. A surprising win in my books.

Silver and gold inks are great – they are exactly what you want them to be. Perfect for addressing envelopes.  #incowrimo They will take your calligraphy to another level.

Last, but not least, copper is my favourite of the bunch 🙂 I prefer to call it rose gold 🙂 As I dipped glass pen and pulled it back out – everyone gazed with awe and let a little ‘oooh’ out. Wow factor guaranteed.

These new arrivals have brought a lot of attention around the office and have awoken the creative element in us all (no pun intended). You don’t need to be a first class calligrapher to have fun with these, just dip and go! J Herbin Metallic inks are unique and original. I’m finally glad I get to use my glass pen for something else other than sampling ink 🙂

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We also reviewed J Herbin Fluorescent inks. Check out the awesome photos here.

J Herbin Fluorescent inks on black paper under UV light

J Herbin Fluorescent inks

J Herbin Fluorescent inks on black paper under UV light

J Herbin Fluorescent calligraphy inks just came in and since I love everything neon I could not resist. Here is my review.

Hand on heart I know nothing about calligraphy. I would like to learn, but at this very moment it is what it is. There are all sorts of supplies you can pick up from art shops to try, watch a Youtube video or read about. I have done all that… Again, I feel like I need to stress that I am not a calligrapher of any sorts. Please excuse my poor attempts…

Bureau’s latest arrivals include calligraphy nibs, holders and inks. I’m attracted to neon stationery – it’s items like these that make me want to pick up a dip pen and have a go. There are five 10ml bottles in the J Herbin Fluorescent ink set – yellow, orange, green, pink and blue. Please do not ask me to pick a favourite, it would be impossible to choose. I love them all 🙂  J Herbin advertises these as suitable for both white and dark paper. Interesting! Fluorescent (neon) ink on black paper…hmmm…this needs to be tested and photographed under UV light.

J Herbin Fluorescent inks under UV light

This fluorescent ink is a lot thicker than other ink I have tried. Pigment is more noticeable in green and orange inks, but they all need a good shake. Once there is no sediment at the bottom of the bottle you will be good to go. All five fluorescent inks are an absolute joy to use, they stick to nibs and flow very well. For some reason blue ink seems gooier than the rest.

We did just couple of splats…and boy oh boy – this was the best part 🙂 I literally went around the office to grab every envelope, sticky note just to try them out.

One of the J Herbin nibs from the assorted sets is 036 Steno, also known as Blue Pumpkin flex nib. Flexing means that the nib widens under pressure therefore you control  the line variation. The first rule is to go easy on the upstrokes to create the thin line and press harder on downstrokes to create broader lines.  My writing looks really wobbly lol, but overall I am very impressed how much flex this nib can handle. Does flexing make my handwriting look better? I think so 😉

Elephants in the room – J Herbin Fluorescent inks are not suitable for fountain pens. Ink bottles need to be shaken vigorously before using. This ink is richly pigmented, so all writing supplies will have to be cleaned immediately after use. Trust me, it’s a lot easier to clean while the ink is still wet. They are slightly water resistant, I didn’t have enough time to test them thoroughly. Although, I think they will withstand some rain if you use them for addressing envelopes. #incowrimo

If I had to describe these Fluorescent inks in one word I would use fun 🙂

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j herbin caroube de chypre bottle

J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Ink: Caroube de Chypre

j herbin caroube de chypre bottle

Hi folks,

It’s that time of the year again: J Herbin’s new 1670 ink has come out. One ink bottle later, I’d like to share my thoughts with you.

Base colour of Caroube de Chypre ink is warm red cocoa brown, similar to Pilot Iroshizuku Tsukushi. My usual go to inks are teal, turquoise & orange, so this isn’t the one I would normally consider…but then a friend suggested coke brown ink to go with my Antique glass pen. Guess what? It is a perfect match! What’s really interesting about this ink is how universal it is – I do use it everyday in the office, for sketching, it’s perfect in correspondence – unusual ink with gold wow factor :yikes:. If you do happen to have Tomoe River or tracing paper I urge you to try some ink splats – they are so much fun!

j herbin caroube de chypre drop

I know, right? Is this really fountain pen ink? Yes it is! And it performs like a champ. J Herbin is working really hard to bring all important ink qualities – shading, flow, sheen, etc. They have minimized feathering and it cleans well too. I do have a few pointers which will help you get the best out of these 1670 inks:

– shake the bottle vigorously before you ink your pens. Turning pen in hand before you start writing will make big difference too. Think of it as gold distribution 🙂

– if you are scared to ink expensive pens, then don’t :) there are cheap, reliable pens which will do just fine. I had this ink in several pens for a good month and had no issues.

– for best results use broader&wet nibs and Rhodia/Clairefontaine/Leuchtturm/Tomoe River paper.

– flush pens regularly. Ink cleans easily – gold specs will take a little longer (+1 for sonic cleaner)

– get yourself a shim (thin piece of metal, brass sheet). Find a DVD with tag, cut it open (carefully). Each tag has 2-3 shims inside. Slide a shim in nib slit to clean it (similar to flossing). This is often best method when your pen stops writing or starts skipping.

So what is the final verdict?

I love the ink, it’s one of those: I didn’t know I needed, but now I do 🙂

Caroube of Chypre is pleasant to use, wet writing ink with amazing green sheen and lots of gold.

You can get yourself a bottle here: J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Ink

Thanks to our friends from J Herbin & Exacompta who let us sample and share the ink :)

If you do have any questions please ask – we had the ink for a good month and I went through a full bottle already  :blush: (in my defense we sent the samples out to our friends for review and and wet writing pens go thru ink like there is no tomorrow)

Mishka (^_~)

ps: The picture on the box is of caroube beans  :lol:

ps2: We made a gallery of photos from our blogging friends on Pinterest. http://pin.it/qz1d9Vy