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Quick Review: J. Herbin Café Des Îles

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#1 Resolute

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Posted 16 April 2016 - 21:56

Here's one I found interesting.  I've only played with J. Herbin's 1670 series of inks, so it was nice to try something a bit more conventional.  I had bought an empty bottle just for the style.  I'm surprised I was able to get so much leftover ink out of it.

 

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#2 RedScarves

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Posted 17 April 2016 - 00:32

I finally found a review that doesn't dislike cafe des iles  :o



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Posted 17 April 2016 - 12:26

This ink meets or exceeds minimum standards.  That being said, my bar is set pretty low.   :D



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Posted 17 April 2016 - 13:20

That's a nice color! I like it.



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Posted 17 April 2016 - 15:38

It seems to fade to a lighter brown with purple undertones toward the end of the page.  Is that because of the water/drip test?


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Posted 17 April 2016 - 15:53

Looks like a nice ink.



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Posted 19 April 2016 - 01:33

It seems to fade to a lighter brown with purple undertones toward the end of the page.  Is that because of the water/drip test?

 

 

I think that end of the paper got overexposed with my crappy cell phone camera.  Sorry - I didn't even notice that.  The top half most reflects the color, as that's what I was focusing on in Lightroom when I was balancing the image.



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Posted 19 April 2016 - 01:35

UPDATE:

 

I dumped the ink out of my Pelikan tonight.  After sitting in the pen for a while, I started experiencing hard starts.  Other times, it would flow with no problem.  I've never had this issue with this pen; the ink would come out dry, dense, and dark, and by the third letter in a word it would be back to the normal color.  This leads me to think that this ink dries much faster than I had initially thought.  I just hope it didn't leave a bunch of residue under the nib, as I can't take apart the M200 nib unit.



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Posted 20 April 2016 - 11:19

UPDATE:

 

I dumped the ink out of my Pelikan tonight.  After sitting in the pen for a while, I started experiencing hard starts.  Other times, it would flow with no problem.  I've never had this issue with this pen; the ink would come out dry, dense, and dark, and by the third letter in a word it would be back to the normal color.  This leads me to think that this ink dries much faster than I had initially thought.  I just hope it didn't leave a bunch of residue under the nib, as I can't take apart the M200 nib unit.

 

Yes, this was pretty much my experience too, some years ago. It used to clog my Sailor, and that's why I ditched it. Too bad that this problem hasn't been solved by Herbin.



#10 Guenther

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Posted 23 April 2016 - 10:26

i really like it. nice tones. greater colour pitch and brightness than most browns i've seen.



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Posted 28 April 2016 - 20:56

Cafe des Iles is a Winner for me.

I find it nicer than Waterman Havana because it lacks the purplish/red tones that I see in Havana.

I´ve used it in a TWSBI Micarta (M) and a Pelikan M800 stub with no problems whatsoever. No hard starts, no skipping anf no tendency to dry out when uncapped.

I have experienced all of those problems with GvFC Hazelnut, which annoys me tremendously because  I really, really like that color



#12 Pravda

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Posted 29 April 2016 - 11:57

Strange experiencing problems with Herbin ink as I have four and they're the wettest easy flow inks I own :/ I actually dedicate Herbins to my finicky dry nibs

#13 Charles Skinner

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Posted 13 July 2016 - 16:32

I have read a couple of "posts" that were not "friendly" toward J. Herbin bottles.  I have just started using from my first and only J. Herbin bottle, so I don't know what to expect "later down the road," so to speak. Your opinion about these bottles, please. C. S. 



#14 dapprman

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Posted 13 July 2016 - 18:17

Bottles look pretty, but are a PITA after several fills due to being low and wide.  Fine for a dip pen, not for a fountain pen.  Still love their inks though.


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