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Rouille D'ancre - J. Herbin


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J. Herbin is known to be the oldest name in ink production in the world, and their inks 'l'Encre de la Tete Noire", "Perle des Encres," (The Jewel of Inks) and "l'Encre des Vaisseaux" (The Ink of Ships) were produced as early as 1700.

M. Herbin was a sailor, and from his many journeys to India he brought back to Paris formulas for manufacturing sealing wax. His special lacquer formula improved the quality of the seals in adhesion and neatness, helping him to become famous throughout the kingdom.

J. Herbin is also the oldest name in ink production in the world.

By 1700, the company was producing “l’Encre de la Tete Noire,” followed by “Perle des Encres,” (The Jewel of Inks) and “l’Encre des Vaisseaux” (The Ink of Ships).

J. Herbin made ink for Louis XIV, and a black ink for the sole use of Victor Hugo, author of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Miserables. These formulas still reside in our company headquarters in Paris.

At the moment company belongs to Exaclair Inc, that has rights to brands like Clairefontaine, Rhodia, Brause or G. Lalo.

J. Herbin offers 30 standard colors:

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  1. Ambre de Birmanie
  2. Bleu Azur
  3. Bleu Myosotis
  4. Bleu Nuit
  5. Bleu Pervenche
  6. Bouquet d'Antan
  7. Bouton d'Or
  8. Cacao du Bresil
  9. Cafe des Iles
  10. Diabolo Menthe
  11. Eclat de Saphir
  12. Gris Nuage
  13. Larmes de Cassis
  14. Lie de The
  15. Lierre Sauvage
  16. Orange Indien
  17. Perle Noire
  18. Poussiere de Lune
  19. Rose Cyclamen
  20. Rose Tendresse
  21. Rouge Bourgogne
  22. Rouge Caroubier
  23. Rouge Opera
  24. Rouille d'Ancre
  25. Terre de Feu
  26. Vert Empire
  27. Vert Olive
  28. Vert Pre
  29. Vert Reseda
  30. Violette Pensee

I know many people find J. Herbin inks too muted and boring but I enjoy most of them. I believe J. Herbin makes amazing and unique ink and Rouille d'Ancre is one of those unique colors. I'd like to say I dislike it, because, c'mon, I'm a man. But I can't. i kind of like it. It's like dusty mauve-pink with some vintage charm. I don't know many colors similar to this one. Maybe Diamine Carnation - in a way?

I find it intriguing and keep on coming back to it. The ink is well bbehaved but rather muted, so in order to fully enjoy its richness you would do well and behave wisely by choosing nib with generous flow.

Ink splash

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Drops of ink on kitchen towel

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Software ID

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Waterproofness

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Oxford notebook, Kaweco Sport Classic, B

 

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Semikolon, Kaweco Sport Classic, B

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Clairefontaine, Kaweco Sport Classic, B nib + Kaweco Al Sport, B nib

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Hero 5028, stub 1,9

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Thanks for an excellent review!

 

RDA is one of my all time favourite inks, in fact, it's the only ink that I have several bottles of (the rest I only replenish when finished). I think there's something special about it on a MB Heritage 1912.

 

I am always concerned though how it is for me (male) to be perceived using it. I try to think of it as 'rust' color truly as opposed to just.. pink!

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I know many people find J. Herbin inks too muted and boring but I enjoy most of them. I believe J. Herbin makes amazing and unique ink and Rouille d'Ancre is one of those unique colors. I'd like to say I dislike it, because, c'mon, I'm a man. But I can't. i kind of like it. It's like dusty mauve-pink with some vintage charm. I don't know many colors similar to this one. Maybe Diamine Carnation - in a way?

 

 

Well.. I am a girl and I do dislike it. The color (to me) is kind of weird... and not in a good way. And NO WAY... Carnation is way more saturated and "special".. I can provide a comparison.

 

 

Carnation on this scan looks just pink.... but in all honesty, is a weird pink (in a good way).. pink with peach undertones. In any case, is clearly evident they both have different hue.

 

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It reminds me of Calamine Lotion. Not the greatest association.

 

Yeah, I was going to say Pepto-Bismol but it's not quite that vibrant. Then I thought Band-Aids.

Not a good color for me.

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Thanks for the great review. Always love reading what you have to say about inks.

 

It's also my fave ink. There is nothing quite like it. It's also one of those inks that just don't look great in photos. In person its not as "flesh" or pink color as the photos make it. It also is one of those inks that need a cream paper to bring out it's unique color.

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It's the color of live flamingoes. Not the pink plastic ones, but the real birds. I don't go for pink, but this shade is oddly addictive in an OBB nib.

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Yeah, I was going to say Pepto-Bismol but it's not quite that vibrant. Then I thought Band-Aids.

Not a good color for me.

 

How about Silly Putty?

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Band-aids, Silly Putty, this isn't really selling me on this ink. Of course, it didn't sell me either. Thanks for the review.

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I like this one a lot. Sure, it reminds me of my grandmother, but why would that be a bad thing? In a big juicy nib it's got the je ne sais quoi.

"I was cut off from the world. There was no one to confuse or torment me, and I was forced to become original." - Franz Joseph Haydn 1732 - 1809
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How about Silly Putty?

 

Yes! (remember how that stuff used to crackle when you folded it? And had a weird scent.)

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I love your frank and direct reviews Visvamitra! I'd happily take away that bottle of Diablo Menthe to rid you of your nightmares but unfortunately I live in Australia (I read your review on that ink :) )....I love these elegant pastel offerings of J.Herbin because there is nothing like them elsewhere....what I found is they shine in flex pens because the inks depend a lot on their shading characteristics. I can understand why people hate them if they put them in their fine or extra-fine fountain pens and find them illegible, however, they are really not meant for those pens. Also, they look so good together on cream/ivory! Below are three J.Herbin inks that I used for a card I made for a friend...top to bottom: Rouille d'Ancre, Ambre de Birmanie, Vert Reseda.

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Meh! I hate this color so much and I have an entire bottle of it that I don't know what to do with.

Ink, a drug.

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I quite like it; I wasn't much interested in "red pink" before, but after reading this review i just might try it out! It's a man's pink! ;)

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Old Rose. It evokes the 1930s I never experienced.

 

What are men so worried about? Sheesh! Is your masculinity so fragile that an ink color will shatter it?

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Old Rose. It evokes the 1930s I never experienced.

 

What are men so worried about? Sheesh! Is your masculinity so fragile that an ink color will shatter it?

The other two strong J. Herbin pink's—the bubblegum Rose Tendresse and their shocking pink Rose Cyclamen—are too pink even for a WOMAN; they MIGHT be appropriate for a 13-year old girl who still dots her i's with little hearts. I have no problems with my masculinity; it's my sense of taste and color design I'm worried about!

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