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J. Herbin "rouille D'ancre" - Mini Review


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I'm new to this ink, but it was exciting enough that I decided to write a mini review for it. Sorry for my crooked writing--I've been practicing a proper grip, which makes me write in chickenscratch :(

 

J. Herbin - Rouille D'Ancre

 

is an interesting ink. It's pink? No it's coral. No it's peachy faded red? Wait, let me turn on the table lamp, it looks different again... Yes, it's difficult to categorize. I honestly thought I would be getting a cross between true rose gold and Apple kind of anodized aluminum rose gold, but it's neither.

 

It's always legible and not pale, unless you have a super dry writer. The color makes me happy for some reason, and I want to keep writing with this ink. I personally think it looks best with a pen that gives you some line and flow variation, like a stub nib, a vintage pen, or some kind of flexy nib. In my case, I decided to use it with a great FPR Himalaya that is equipped with an ebonite feed and "ultra flex" steel nib.

 

Drying time is really good. Unless you're leaving globs of ink left and right, it dries very quickly. 10-15 seconds. The appearance on the page is matte. If you use a wet writer, there is some dark edging / outlining effect.

 

The ink has some greenish-cyan components and more yellow-brown components, as can be seen on the paper towel droplet spread and water brush tests. I think the outlining effect is also enhanced due to this turquoise component.

 

No feathering observed on typical fountain-pen-friendly paper, though my newly obtained HP Premium Choice 32lb 100-brightness paper did feather with this ink and J. Herbin Vert Empire.

 

I've tried my best to represent my ink properly, though due to the readily color-shifting property of it, that was was not an easy task.

 

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Next to PenBBS "Rose Quartz" ink:

 

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(PenBBS Rose Quartz on the top right):

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Scan (not accurate for Rose Quartz--the photograph above is accurate):

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“I admit it, I'm surprised that fountain pens are a hobby. ... it's a bit like stumbling into a fork convention - when you've used a fork all your life.” 

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Lovely review and great pics. I really like the looks of this colour - old rose, vintage vibe, faded looks. Ticks all the right boxes for me. I most certainly will get a bottle of this.

Thank you for showing it!

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Thank you for a great review. I like the compariosons with the other inks and nice layout!

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I keep blowing hot and cold about whether to try this ink. Your review is making me warm up to it again. Thanks for the review... and not.... :wallbash:

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

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I keep blowing hot and cold about whether to try this ink. Your review is making me warm up to it again. Thanks for the review... and not.... :wallbash:

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

 

It took me a while to decide on ordering this ink as well, but it was a definite "someday I will buy it". The Someday came faster than I thought, as I was already ordering a bunch of inks including other J. Herbin inks, and had to include this one.

“I admit it, I'm surprised that fountain pens are a hobby. ... it's a bit like stumbling into a fork convention - when you've used a fork all your life.” 

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Mine looks a bit different (upper side right) - together with some other brownish inks.

The paper is a "normal" paper, from a notebook "Kokuyo ノ-108S5-D", written with a glass dip pen, size about F.

It reminds me the skin color of old puppets, seen in the 1950s/60s.

 

 

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It’s one of those chameleon inks—dependent on paper, pen, and illumination.

“I admit it, I'm surprised that fountain pens are a hobby. ... it's a bit like stumbling into a fork convention - when you've used a fork all your life.” 

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Wonderful review!

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This ink evokes the most memorable language among FPN reviewers. MKE calls it the skin color of old puppets. Intensity calls it a coral that halos. Lgsoltek called it “trampled sakura flower in dirt, Calamine, spat-out bubblegum.” It certainly owns its color category.

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This ink evokes the most memorable language among FPN reviewers. MKE calls it the skin color of old puppets. Intensity calls it a coral that halos. Lgsoltek called it “trampled sakura flower in dirt, Calamine, spat-out bubblegum.” It certainly owns its color category.

 

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“I admit it, I'm surprised that fountain pens are a hobby. ... it's a bit like stumbling into a fork convention - when you've used a fork all your life.” 

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It’s one of those chameleon inks—dependent on paper, pen, and illumination.

 

~ Intensity:

 

I love your eloquent comment.

There are such a number of ‘chameleon inks’.

Tom K.

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