Emerald Of Chivor

The new J Herbin 1670 Anniversary Ink

We have just got in a sample of J Herbin's Emerald of Chivor ink and it's so shockingly beautiful, that I had to stop everything I was doing and write a quick review. (Faisal also had to stop what he was doing to take photographs).

I will say this up front : this one is a game changer. 

J Herbin caused a revolution last year with Stormy Grey. The anticipation was incredible, the sales were over the roof...and mostly...it got people talking and writing again. Turns out, Stormy Grey was just the beginning.

This year J Herbin have opted for a green coloured ink with gold specs.

Here is the official info:

After the 1670 Hematite Red, Ocean Blue and Stormy Grey, we now have Chivor Emerald.
In the middle of the XVI century, when the Conquistadors discovered the Colombian emerald mines, in particular the Chivor mine renowned for its emeralds with bluish tints. From then on, because of their exceptional qualities, they conquered the imperial courts of Europe thanks to the Indian traders.
Later, J.Herbin continued his journeys to India. It is said that he always kept an emerald with him as the virtues of this precious stone are thought to protect the traveler…

It is very difficult to photograph and describe, but I will do my best. Post might be a little picture heavy ;)

The bottle is the same as other 3 Anniversary inks. Teal seal with golden thread. Specs in the bottle remind me of nail varnish.

j herbin emerald of chivor

Emerald describes the (Bureau) colour very well. Shading goes from Vert Reseda to dark teal. Ink flow is excellent!

j herbin emerald of chivor

Ink has a heavy outer contour purple sheen (just like Sailor's Yama Budo), but there is also light green metallic sheen (colour similar to Fisher's Green Space Pen). This two-coloured sheen is in my opinion unheard (un-seen) of!

j herbin emerald of chivor

Just like Stormy Grey, this ink is water-resistant. Not water-proof, but if you use it to write the address on the envelope, it should be OK.

j herbin emerald of chivor

So here it is...over-all very exciting ink...What do you think? Is it your cup of tea? Would you get a bottle (or two)?

I have been trying to find The One and accumulated almost 100 different colours (mostly green, turquoise, gold) of ink.

This one will rule them all!

Ink  is now on our website, so if you are interested you can click 'email me when in stock' button. Release date is 1st September 2015 and link is here: http://www.bureaudirect.co.uk/j-herbin-1670-anniversary-ink/p3126

Mishka & Faisal

ps: pen in photos and Emerald of Chivor's match is TWSBI 580 in green with 1.1mm nib (juicy!)


j herbin emerald of chivor

j herbin emerald of chivor

j herbin emerald of chivor

8 thoughts on “Emerald Of Chivor”

  • James Marwood

    This looks gorgeous, but I'd be concerned about the bits in the ink gumming up my pen, like the Herbin Cafe ink did to my fine nibbed scala. Do you think it would play better with a different pen, with a broader nib?

    • Mishka

      Hi James!
      Yes, gold flecks require regular cleaning (but it is so worth it!).
      I'd go with broader wet nib for this...Twsbi has a new Eco pen out in July, I can highly recommend their pens with 1.1mm nib.
      We should talk about your Scala-will email you on monday from Bureau ;)

  • John the Monkey

    I've seen pictures of this on Ed Jelley's site too - so beautiful!

    (Thanks for including the pen you used in the review too).

    Time to decide whether I "need" another green, I guess....

  • TS

    How did you get that sheen? Is it the nib that you used, or is it the paper? Or did you shake the bottle first, then ink your pen?

    • Dominic

      It was a combination of good quality papers including Rhodia and maybe Tomoe River, a fairly wide calligraphy nib and a lot of shaking to keep the gold flowing!

  • Adrian Twiss

    Possibly silly question but here goes. In my bottle all the gold is sitting at the bottom. Of course this means that you dont get any in your pen. Are you meant to shake the bottle vigorously before filling.

    • Dominic

      Yes, spot on. You need to shake it to wake it. Give it a good shake and fill your pen. Same applies in the pen as it will settle so shake gently before use to get the gold going.

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