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Comparison - J. Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean : Montblanc Royal Blue


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#1 Sandy1

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 21:48

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Please note: Some viewers may notice a difference in the base tint of the same paper in each Figure. Under most circumstances such a thing would likely go unnoticed; and I assure you that it is normal. I may have a touch of OCD, but I draw the line at sorting the sheets in reams / pads of paper according to tint: its paper - not pearls.

Figure 1.
Swabs. (Flaky as ever.)
Paper: HPJ1124.
Left side is Herbin Bleu Ocean.
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WRITTEN SAMPLES - Moby Dick
Ruling: 8mm.

Figure 2.
Original is 215x271mm.
Paper: HPJ1124.
Left side is Herbin Bleu Ocean.

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Figure 3.
Original is 215x271mm.
Paper: Rhodia.
Left side is Herbin Bleu Ocean.

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Figure 4.
Original is 60x30mm.
Paper: HPJ1124.
Pen: 330.
Left side is Herbin Bleu Ocean.
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Figure 5.
Original is 60x30mm.
Paper: Rhodia.
Pen: NNPS.
Left side is Herbin Bleu Ocean.

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OBSERVATIONS & COMMENTS:

It is still early days for Herbin Bleu Ocean, so unlike
MB Royal Blue, we are unable to get an overall impression based on years of use by a multitude of people deploying a plethora of pens & papers.

Consequently, I let the inky work stand on its own, without addressing intangibles, and await the kind replies from other Members to drive this Topic.

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NUTS BOLTS & BOILERPLATE

My prior Reviews of each ink:
> Please note that different imaging methods were used.

  • J. Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean, LINK
  • Montblanc Royal Blue, LINK

Pens
  • Pelikan M200 + g-p steel EF nib.
  • Sheaffer 330 + steel M nib.
  • Non-Nudist Pink Safari + goosed 1.1 steel nib.

Papers
  • HPJ1124: Hewlett-Packard laser copy/print, 24lb.
  • Rhodia: satin finish vellum, 80gsm.

Imaging
  • An Epson V600 scanner was used with the bundled Epson s/w at factory default settings to produce low-loss jpg files.
  • Figures 1, 2 & 3 were scanned at 200 dpi & 24 bit colour.
  • Figures 4 & 5 were scanned at 300 dpi & 24 bit colour.
  • No post-capture manipulation of scanner output was done, other than dumb-down by Epson, Photobouquet & IP.Board s/w.

Densitometer Readings


Fine Print
The accuracy and relevance of this Comparison depends in great part upon consistency and reliability of matériel used.
Ink does not require labelling/notice to indicate (changes in) formulation, non-hazardous ingredients, batch ID, date of manufacture, etc.
As always YMMV, due to differences in materials, manner of working, environment, etc.
Also, I entrust readers to separate opinion from fact; to evaluate inferences and conclusions as to their merit; and to be amused by whatever tickles your fancy.


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Tags: Fountain Pen Ink Review Comparison Sandy1 J. Herbin Bleu Ocean Montblanc Royal Blue

Edited by Sandy1, 26 September 2012 - 23:21.

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#2 geoduc

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 02:19

Thanks, S1.

You just saved me some money - I'm perfectly happy with MB Royal Blue and the colors are close enough that I don't see a need (not that that ever stopped me before) to add Bleu Ocean to the ink collection. Much appreciated.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 07:32

A great review as ever. I just wondered if you had looked at their comparison with R&K Konigsblau at all? On second thoughts, that could be a little paler.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 10:37

Thank you for the comparison.

I'm perfectly happy with my Montblanc Royal Blue too. :thumbup:

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 12:07

Thanks, S1.

You just saved me some money - I'm perfectly happy with MB Royal Blue and the colors are close enough that I don't see a need (not that that ever stopped me before) to add Bleu Ocean to the ink collection. Much appreciated.


Hi,

As ever, I'm glad when my efforts help avoid a potentially unrewarding purchase. :)

As HBlO is a newcomer, I imagine that it has characteristics that will be revealed over time - such is the nature of hair-splitting amongst the Blue inks. That is especially true with HBlO, as it does not explore new territory, as was done with Herbin's own Rouge Hématite and Noodler's Baystate Blue.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 12:52

A great review as ever. I just wondered if you had looked at their comparison with R&K Konigsblau at all? On second thoughts, that could be a little paler.


Hi,

Thanks for the compliment!

Similarity of
R&K Konigsblau to HBlO or MBRBl did not spring to mind, but I do not use R&KKbl so often.

As time & tides permit, I'll do a swab comparison of HBlO to R&KKbl.


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Later that evening . . .

Left: HBlO. Right: R&K Konigsblau.
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Posted 27 September 2012 - 13:03

Thank you for the comparison.

I'm perfectly happy with my Montblanc Royal Blue too. :thumbup:


Hi,

You're welcome!

I'm always impressed with MBRBl. To me it is one ink that is 'under the radar' - another exceptional ink that has been around so long it is often taken for granted or overlooked in the never-ending quest for something new. And in the case of HBlO, perhaps the quest for something new has returned to a classic ink, rather like circumnavigation.

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