It's that time of the year again: J Herbin's new 1670 ink has come out. One ink bottle later, I'd like to share my thoughts with you.
Base colour of Caroube de Chypre ink is warm red cocoa brown, similar to Pilot Iroshizuku Tsukushi. My usual go to inks are teal, turquoise & orange, so this isn't the one I would normally consider...but then a friend suggested coke brown ink to go with my Antique glass pen. Guess what? It is a perfect match! What's really interesting about this ink is how universal it is - I do use it everyday in the office, for sketching, it's perfect in correspondence - unusual ink with gold wow factor . If you do happen to have Tomoe River or tracing paper I urge you to try some ink splats - they are so much fun!
I know, right? Is this really fountain pen ink? Yes it is! And it performs like a champ. J Herbin is working really hard to bring all important ink qualities - shading, flow, sheen, etc. They have minimized feathering and it cleans well too. I do have a few pointers which will help you get the best out of these 1670 inks:
- shake the bottle vigorously before you ink your pens. Turning pen in hand before you start writing will make big difference too. Think of it as gold distribution :)
- if you are scared to ink expensive pens, then don't there are cheap, reliable pens which will do just fine. I had this ink in several pens for a good month and had no issues.
- for best results use broader&wet nibs and Rhodia/Clairefontaine/Leuchtturm/Tomoe River paper.
- flush pens regularly. Ink cleans easily - gold specs will take a little longer (+1 for sonic cleaner)
- get yourself a shim (thin piece of metal, brass sheet). Find a DVD with tag, cut it open (carefully). Each tag has 2-3 shims inside. Slide a shim in nib slit to clean it (similar to flossing). This is often best method when your pen stops writing or starts skipping.
So what is the final verdict?
I love the ink, it's one of those: I didn't know I needed, but now I do :)
Caroube of Chypre is pleasant to use, wet writing ink with amazing green sheen and lots of gold.
You can get yourself a bottle here: J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Ink
Thanks to our friends from J Herbin & Exacompta who let us sample and share the ink
If you do have any questions please ask - we had the ink for a good month and I went through a full bottle already (in my defense we sent the samples out to our friends for review and and wet writing pens go thru ink like there is no tomorrow)