J HERBIN’S LIE DE THE
J HERBIN’S LIE DE THE. Bottled ink. Bought from Pen’s Avenue. 30 ml 695 Rs. A good source for imported inks in India. No affiliations, happy customer.
The review goes like this.
The bottle is simple. Square base, low height. Stable bottom. Less chance to get spill over. Convenient on busy tables. The slot for keeping a pen,a nice thought.
Well, I find that all J Herbin’s inks are based on a theme. Here the theme ( I believe) is coffee mug. There are some similarities between coffee and this ink – both are ADDICTIVE!.
Addictive by COLOR, addictive by SHADING.
Probably the nicest brown I have seen. I am not saying that Ancient Copper is bad.But unlike Ancient Copper, there is no crusting seen on nibs, so this naturally becomes my favorite brown.
See the beautiful shading especially with broader nibs.
This is the swab to analyse.
The color is an Orange on darker side. Consists of more Red, least Blue and Green in between.
A simple chromatography shows that ink is made of 3 dye components, one Black, one Orange and probably one Yellow also.
Diluted with water
From Left to Right
Lesser concentration of ink shows yellowish shade, as the concentration increases it becomes more darkish and coffee like.
COLOR ON PAPER
FINE NIB ( Notice shading)
PROPERTIES IN PEN.
This is a reasonably saturated ink having good lubricating properties. The flow may be some where in between that of well flowing inks and moderately flowing inks.
Compared to Chelpark Crimson Violet which itself is a well flowing but lesser saturated ink.
Same paper, same italic nib, same pen – I find the JH- LDT is a tad thinner on paper. But easy on hands, though saturated, it’s more lubricated.
Camlin Trinity, Fine nib.
Lamy safari, medium nib.
KIM, Medium CI nib.
No staining on the White Lamy I am using, No nib creeps. Worked well with a variety of Indian eyedroppers, Pilot Capless, Platinum balance, Heros, Pelikan m 200. No issue happened in a single pen.
PROPERTIES ON PAPER
PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT PROPERTY OF THIS INK. Shades beautifully on papers.
Reasonably fast drying. No complaints here.
No practical feathering. This is a magnified image. Ink has with stood many cheap A4 and cheaper papers.
I have to say that bleeding is seen to an extend ( called as ghosting?) in even Jk Excel Bond paper, which is supposed to be a good paper. This may be the only real negative property associated with this ink.
Sample shown under flowing water for 10 seconds with in one hour after writing.
Sample just wetted with one drop of water with in one hour after writing.
The ink can not be called as water resistant. Though all components are not washed off, especially the dark dye component.
Edited by S-K, 31 August 2014 - 10:31.