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  1. I love inks that are wet and easy to clean, so I’ve accumulated more than half of the Herbin line. And, blue is the color I use most often in my daily writers, so I thought it would be fun to do a comparison of the Herbin blues: Bleu Nuit, 1670 Bleu Ocean, Bleu Pervenche, Bleu Azur, Bleu Myosotis and Eclat de Saphir. I use all of them regularly with the exception of Bleu Azur (which I ordered a sample of to add to this comparison). The comparison was done using a Pelikan 400NN F nib on Rhodia. Ink Swabs: Ink on Paper Towel: Top Row: Bleu Nuit, 1670 Bleu Ocean, Eclat de Saphir Bo
  2. I used a dip nib with Stormy Grey this morning for the first time. Its a very very wet ink! It also feathered on Rhodia as a result. Based on experiments here https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/index.php/topic/283167-glitteratipearlmica-and-e415/page-2 I trialled the Experiment 6 concentrate in J Herbin Stormy Grey. Here are the results. Pics of vial bases are just 1 min after shaking. In cases of direct comparison, the first pic is Stormy Grey a la naturel, the second pic is Stormy Grey x Xanthan concentrate blend. The Xanthan blend feathers less and offers far better gold distribut
  3. Here is a very short review (scan) of J. Herbin's Ambre de Birmanie. Splash Writing Sample A very unsaturated ink of amber colour. I can't say I like it. It has some decent shading in flex nibs, but the colour is too wishy-washy in normal writing. It dries quite fast and water-resistance is poor. I think this one is a typical Herbin ink: very low saturation, watery inks which write so light that your eyes hurt. It would be a nice choice for drawing, but not for writing (for me anyway). I don't know why I bought a bottle of this. Now I have to find a way to use up a barrel of it...
  4. I’ve had these photos on my phone for almost 2 weeks now and was excited to finally upload them last night, but couldn't get them on the site . After some experimenting, I'm happy it just worked with photobucket, so here it goes! 

I wanted to do this comparison for two reasons. First, because green olives are a big guilty pleasure of mine (I ate around 20-30 of them while writing this review last night ) and second, (and more importantly) I read in a couple threads that people were asking how the Montblanc Daniel Defoe Palm Green ink compared to other "olive-ish" greens. So, I thought I w
  5. Uncial

    Stormy Grey Problem

    So, I really like this ink, but there is one thing that is really, really irritating me - the bottle! I actually like the bottle, but did the neck have to be so darned narrow? The gold particles settle so very, very quickly and I've discovered that most of my pens won't fit in the narrow neck. It's starting to really irritate me because I find that every time I fill up a pen it is only getting the top section of the ink by which stage all of the particles have filtered down to the bottom of the bottle. Has anyone else got this problem and how did you solve it? I've thought about transferring
  6. J HERBIN’s ROUGE HEMATITE LOOKS TO BE IN GOOD SHAPE Does an ink having more saturation than usual can have good flow properties in a pen? Can an ink having good flow properties in a pen can show no feathering/ bleeding tendencies on paper? Both anwers can be “ Yes” if you are using J Herbin’s Rouge Hematite . J Herbin’s 1670 Rouge Hematite, Anniversary Edition. So what’s about it? CLAIMS This is what J Herbin claims – “ To celebrate the 340th Anniversary of the brand, we are introducing the “ 1670” ink especially formulated for this event. With a dark red color and earthy tone,it is
  7. tbonecopper

    J. Herbin's Cartridges

    I just noticed J. Herbin sells ink cartridges with a few stipulations...Notably they aren't compatible with Lamy pens.. Is that true? It seems like a silly question, but I've not noticed the ink cartridge in my Safari to be anything "unusual" from the other cartridges. This is the item of which I speak: http://www.jherbin.com/fountain_pen_inks.shtml If that is true, what are the key differences in the way the Lamy cartridges work vs others... I'm fairly new to this, and while I find the idea of manually filling my pen fascinating, I'm unsure I want to risk the potential mess.
  8. migo984

    Herbin 10Ml Mini Bottles - Uk

    An expensive way to buy, but a good way to try out a variety of new inks in several pens Bureau Direct are offering 4 x 10ml bottles of any of the Herbin colours as a set at £13.95 http://www.bureaudirect.co.uk/j-herbin-tube-of-four-inks/p3793
  9. I just tried to order some 100ml Lie de Thé, but found none of the shops I usually order from has any left. The writing desk also lists all 100ml Herbin bottles as discontinued - the note is new though, as it wasn't in place when I last got a bottle Poussière de Lune some weeks ago. Can anyone confirm this? A quick google search on the topic revealed nothing. Edit: Changed 'ink' in the title to 'bottle' as the inks continue to exist in their 30ml variants of course, just the 100ml bottles might be gone.
  10. So, I loaded up my fountain pen with Herbin's Lierre Sauvage. Everything was ok, until I opened the bottle today (2 days after I first opened it and loaded up the pen) and there was mould floating on top of the ink. Panic ensued, I got all the remaining ink out of my Lamy Safari and the converter. Rinsed both of them repeatedly, first with lukewarm water and when everything was clean I added a bit of washing up liquid to a glass of water, rinsed and shook the converter about a bit to get all the stuff out. Then rinsed with clean water again a number of times. My question is: was this enough?
  11. Hi friends! I've been gradually getting deeper and deeper into this world o' fountain pens since giving my first Lamy Safari a shot two years ago. I finally wrote a post on my own blog about the hobby and what fountain pens mean to me and why I like them, which necessitated some pictures. So I busted out my camera and tried to get all pretty-like with some of my gear. All of what you see below is also in the blog post. Hope you enjoy these first attempts. Feedback and advice greatly appreciated. And thanks to all for the mountains of info I've gleaned as a long-time lurker here on FPN. W
  12. A while back I purchased a bottle of J. Herbin pen cleaner (Nettoyant pour stylo) from La Couronne du Comte and I just got a chance to try it out (on the MB I posted about in this thread. Anyhow, I don't have any huge revelations to impart or anything, but it is a very pleasant to use product and seems eminently suited to its stated purpose. It cleaned the pen pictured in the other thread well (as far as I can see... I'm sure there's lingering dried on ink in the works). It has a very pleasant orange-peel scent that reminds me quite a lot of those orange oil cleaners and 'goo/stain remove
  13. alexander_k

    Two Greys

    I've always liked grey in clothes or on paper but it was relatively recently that I added a grey ink to my daily users. Having become quite satisfied with Diamine, I restricted my search to their Graphite and Grey. Graphite I liked a lot but it wasn't a pure grey, so the choice was easy. Recently I received a bottle of J. Herbin's Encre Grise Nuage so I tried that one too. The results of a brief comparison were as follows: http://www.re-h.nl/alexander/pens/greys_dry_s.jpg Probably the most interesting part was that Gris Nuage didn't appear that much lighter as in other comparisons (e.g. ht
  14. nomadhacker

    Rouge Hematite Swap Thread

    Following up from this thread: https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/index.php/topic/249977-how-to-recognize-old-formula-j-herbin-1670-rouge/ It seems there are people who dislike the sediment-heavy original J. Herbin 1670 Rouge Hematite but liked the red color. And there are people who dislike the new sheen-reduced reformulation. I thought it would be nice to start a thread where people who may be interested in exchanging their reasonably unused (for whichever reason) bottles for the opposite with someone who has the opposite problem. Please make all trade offers via PM to keep
  15. Got said ink some time ago and I've always struggled to get it to flow after a day... Tried different pens, nothing... It was so bad I realized I wasn't even using the ink and I started looking for alternatives (blood red, although I'd like to get Diamine's Poppy Red too). Then I decided to clean the pen with a bit of dishwasher liquid, letting it soak for a night, and give it a final go by trying to write every day, even if it's a single line... Lo and behold, it hasn't skipped for a whole week... This is probably obvious, but I thought I'd write this for those of us with less patience... T

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