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  1. As you may have noticed from my previous review (Diamine Shimmertastic Sparkling Shadows), I do not dislike that much sparkling inks, and I do not dislike sheeny inks either. For this reason I ordered online a bottle of J.Herbin 1670 Emerald of Chivoir, as I've been told to be something like "the Grail ink" for those who likes this kind of properties. I received instead Caroube du Chypre, and since I like browns, I just decided to keep it and give it a try. Caroube du Chypre is a well behaving brown, quite complicated colour, made by a prevalent ammount of magenta/red tones over the turquoise and yellow component. In addition to the ink there are some extremely think golden particles that leaves a glittery effect while writing. The flow is consistent and appears to be a fairly wet and well lubricated ink, my architect grinded B nib litterally glides on paper. No clogging or hard starts for this ink, quite interesting as there are particles in it. I've to say that compared to the Diamine Shimmertastic series, Caroube du Chypre seems to have thinner particles that need less effort to be mixed to the rest of the ink. Shading is quite good on all the paper I've tested it on, with better result with less absorbent ones. No bleedthrough or feathering observed. This ink has some water resistant, but I won't be advertising it as waterproof. There are still two aspect to cover about this ink, the first one is surely the sheen. This ink, on the right paper, and using a good ammount of ink, leaves on paper a lovely green sheen, wich recalls in my architect head, something like the copper rust. Even if this is not a work appropriate colour, I find this ink brilliant, because it's a clever mix between a antique looking brown, discreet golden particles, and a really perfect matching green sheen. I think that J.Herbin found a really good mix to make something glittery wich does not recall "my little ponies" or "Barbie" but something wich can be bought by an adult without being ashamed. The second aspect is related to the ink comparisons I've made: I've got a doubt over the main "ingredient" this ink is made from. I possess a bottle on J.Herbin Terre de Feu, which looks really the same ink, just without golden particles. It's that possible? The answer is "maybe". I don't know much about inks composition, but even if how the ink behaves and looks on paper makes me think that this anctually is the same ink, the fact that Terre de Feu doesn't have the same green sheen, makes me think they're somehow different. I know that this is quite irrelevant to the discussion, but I think is an interesting argument of discussion. When I'll be reviewing Terre the Feu I'll do the comparison between cromatographies and probably we'll have our answer. So, the usual final question: Is this ink worth it? I like this ink, I like this ink a lot. Behaves well, doesn't clog your fountain pen, has sheen, has everything you want if you like this particular kind of inks. So, if you're the type who like drawing, if you like making holiday card with fancy ink and so on, this is a really good option: with 20 € you have a 50 ml bottle. It's a little expensive, but the bottle is pretty (not really practical, bute really pretty) and the ink is "something else", not a common ink. If you don't like glitters, just leave it on the shelf, it's not made for you. COPY PAPER SCHIZZA & STRAPPA PAPER TRACING PAPER SHEEN GLITTER CROMATOGRAPHY INKDROP
  2. jasonchickerson

    J Herbin — Caroube De Chypre

    http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/image_3.jpeg http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/image_2.jpeg http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/image_5.jpeg http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/image_4.jpeg This is an ink I did not expect to like or get much use. I primarily use the 1670 inks as watercolors when painting with my daughter. She likes the gold flecks, and they do make for some interesting effects, so I purchased all of the line save Stormy Grey (which is one of the worst inks I have every personally tried) for this purpose. I put it in my daily carry pen to test for this review and it didn't come out for two weeks. So, not too bad. The gold shows up readily on high quality paper and almost not at all on the cheap stuff, so I didn't get any questions at work about my sparkly ink. Hue is identical to Herbin's own Terre de Feu, but Caroube is much wetter and a bit darker. In the end, I like it quite a bit. While not as exciting as Rouge Hematite or Emeraude de Chivor, it is much better behaved and much more useable on a daily basis. In case you missed it in the written review, I left the cap off my pen for four hours with Caroube inside and it started right up again. Cleaning it out of the pen took about three flushes. Brilliant. Paper is Rhodia dotpad no. 16. An attempt was made toward color accuracy.
  3. Yesterday evening we received our first shipment of J. Herbin's newest 1670 Anniversary Ink-- Caroube de Chypre. We've been using it all morning and have concluded it looks like glam hot coco. It's an incredible ink color with deep red/brown base tone and green/gold flecks. They're now in stock and can be bought on our website or by phone at 410-992-3272. We also have 2 store fronts in Maryland if you're in the area! Swatches below. Best, The Pen Boutique Team http://i.imgur.com/4p3YKPt.jpg http://i.imgur.com/PcIyK4T.jpg
  4. Hi folks, we just got back from London Stationery Show and got some amazing news for you J Herbin have announced the new colour for 1670 Anniversary range: Caroube de Chypre Here is the short info we were given by lovely people from J Herbin: "It is said that J. Herbin was very fond of dried carob pods and that is the reason he lived so long!As the other merchants sailing the Mediterranean sea, he would pick them up in Cyprus, on his way back home.The carob bean is the fruit of the carob tree and was cultivated in the Mediterranean countries since ancient times..Carob pods are known for their great therapeutic properties and were marketed throughout Europe as the “black gold of Cyprus”.This new Anniversary ink is called “Caroube de Chypre” because of its intense and deep brown with a hint of red, and of course its gold specks". The official launch date is 14th of July 2016. J Herbin have a very solid brown line-up, so creating a red-brown with gold specs sounds amazing!!!! What do you think? All the best, Mishka

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