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As a huge fan of J. Herbin inks, I was thrilled to learn about five new standard inks introduced in 2018. I've got the bottles and I'll review them shortly.


New inks come in standard J. Herbin glass bottles that contain 30 ml of the writing fluid.



Ink splash


Vert de Gris is great. I like grey inks, especially when they're more complex and tis one fills the bill. It's saturated enough to read it easily, it flows very well and has reasonable amount of lubrication (although it's nowhere near Sailor inks in this regard). Overall, it's a keeper.

Drops of ink on kitchen towel


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Color range


Fabriano, Lamy Al-Star, medium nib



Tomoe River, Lamy Al-Star, medium nib




Copy paper, Lamy Al-Star, medium nib



Maruman, Hero 616, fine (?) nib



Water resistance


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NIce! I'm not a lover of teal but grey has always fascinated me, so this one really fills the bill. Thanks for the presentation!



Life is too short to drink bad wine (Goethe)

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Great presentation of the ink - thanks for showing us this one. I like what I see, and it’s indeed nicely complex: there seems to be grey, green and blue in there. To my eye: a grey-leaning teal. I’ve put it on my wish list.

As an aside : I always take a close look at your quotes - they often point to books that suit my tastes. I see you’ve dived into Red Queen territory. I’ve also put these on my wish list ;-)

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Great review, nice looking ink.



"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."


B. Russell

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This is cool looking. The difference in saturation level between copy paper and Maruman sample is pretty extreme.

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I can see it's totally your kind of colour (and definitely NOT mine)!



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Pssst. I've just mixed up KWZ Blue Black with water 1:1 . . . not a bad doppleganger until a paycheck comes my way.

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Deep Sea Green has much more green and much less grey. It's also more saturated.

Life is too short to drink bad wine (Goethe)

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Maruman can take alot of ink, you can literally pour ink onto it. Most fountain pens can look dry with it unless tuned very wet. :)

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There is now some in my GvFC Classic EF and a bottle on my desk - visvamitra you enabler you . . . :rolleyes:
Thanks. I think it's beautiful.

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