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J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey—A Handwritten Review

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#1 mhphoto

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Posted 21 October 2014 - 11:31

I haven't written a review or posted a new review in a while, so I thought I'd go a little beyond what I used to do (and enjoy my new scanner I got for digitizing old Kodachrome slides, which happens to also scan about ten times faster than my old one  B) …)

 

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And some obligatory bottle shots.  :D

 

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Stormy Grey's metallic component is much more mobile in the bottle, and as a consequence takes much less time to fully integrate by shaking the bottle. 

 

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There is some buildup in pens, but after a week of testing I haven't encountered one clog. 

 

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While I think I still like Rouge Hematite more, this ink is a must buy. Well done to J. Herbin for making up for the disapopointment that was Bleu Ocean.  :lticaptd:


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#2 mhphoto

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Posted 21 October 2014 - 11:38

Also, I kept the pictures full resolution, so right-click and choose to open it in a new window if you want to see the full-sized image. :)


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Posted 21 October 2014 - 11:39

Fantastic review !!



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Posted 21 October 2014 - 11:54

Great review.



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Posted 21 October 2014 - 12:20

I really tried to avoid buying more ink... but this is unbearable!!! My 1.1i nib literally cries for this ink!


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Posted 21 October 2014 - 13:13

Wonderful review! Gorgeous photos and beautiful handwriting!

 

Seeing the ink in the converter makes me think it would look fantastic in a demonstrator. Hmm...



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Posted 21 October 2014 - 14:43

Amazing review, thanks very much!

also: ah, that gold...  :wub:  :wub:  :wub:


Edited by Virginia_FP189, 21 October 2014 - 14:43.


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Posted 21 October 2014 - 15:02

that looks fantastic, but I have too many black inks.......................................



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Posted 21 October 2014 - 15:36

I REALLY was looking forward to this ink. But now that I have it, I feel like I am using one of those cheapie sparkly gel pens. It's because the ink behaves in a different way than normal inks.

 

Most inks we like best have shading. The shading that brings about gradation of color. The best ones shade with a metallic sheen of a contrasting color that's just quite beautiful. An example is the infamous Rouge Hermatite works beautifully because the gold pools in areas of darker shading that's subtle, giving the letters a nice quality. However the sparkly bits of this ink does not pool in the darker shades of grey. It just goes on uniformally throughout the entire letter. As the result feel like a 9 year old child doing decorative craft when using the ink.

 

I know people are looking desperately for this ink so it might seem like I am coming across super ungrateful. I will see what it looks like when I use it to fill my Parallel pen and do further tests.



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Posted 21 October 2014 - 16:36

Love this so much, it's going into my TWSBI Diamond 580 RB 1.1 stub! :D

 

 

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Posted 21 October 2014 - 16:37

Fantastic picture rich review!

I would probably import one bottle for now (when I find a seller with stock) but hold off on the initial urge to get two bottles.

I have to agree with Gerigo.

The latest ink reviews leaves me a bit undecided whether it is Grey or Gold.

Perhaps it would benefit when written on a slope to the horizontal with a Calligraphy Pen.

But it does not distract from the sheer brilliance of this review. (pun intended) ☺

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Posted 21 October 2014 - 17:36

Now I understand why people are so excited about getting this, and trying to get it so much.  What a beautiful color.


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Posted 21 October 2014 - 17:42

Looks really neat. However I think I will wait to hear if people are able to get all the sparkles out of their pen when they get ready to clean this ink out.


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Posted 21 October 2014 - 20:28

Looks really neat. However I think I will wait to hear if people are able to get all the sparkles out of their pen when they get ready to clean this ink out.

 

 

This review almost had be sold, and then I saw your post, and I couldn't help but agree with you......best to wait.....


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Posted 21 October 2014 - 20:41

Thanks everyone!

I'm not too worried about cleaning the pens. If the metallic element flows as nicely as it does when writing, I have a hard time believing it'll cause issues when flushing with an ammonia solution. I'll let you know, though.

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 07:23

:yikes:Amazing review, photography and I :wub: your handwriting.



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Posted 22 October 2014 - 08:50

Stunning! (Although my attention was caught by Diamine's Strauss...)



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Posted 22 October 2014 - 09:14

Such a pity! I was gonna get one of these to review together with the two bottles of 1670 I already have. IT WAS SOLD OUT.... Shall wait patiently for the next shipment.



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Posted 22 October 2014 - 09:38

What is that beautiful blue ink that you use to write the ink names "Diamine Grey", "Gris Nuage", "Fuyu-syogun", etc?



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Posted 22 October 2014 - 15:21

 

 

This review almost had be sold, and then I saw your post, and I couldn't help but agree with you......best to wait.....

 

Stick it in a Lamy Safari or a broad Jinhao.







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