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  • J Herbin Anniversary ink of 2017 is...

    j herbin anniversary 1798 ural amethyst ink

    The new J Herbin 1798 Anniversary Ink series

    When Summer comes around and J Herbin announces their new anniversary ink, that is my favourite time of the year.

    This year is no exception. We asked and they delivered :) Well done J Herbin, well done...

    Let's have a quick intro from J. Herbin themselves first:

    1798 INKS
    The Maison HERBIN’s exclusive collection of
    1798 Inks celebrates the year Jacques HERBIN
    first introduced his own line of quality inks, an
    important event in the history of this house
    founded three centuries ago and whose story
    continues today… Deep unsaturated colours
    with optimal pressure sensitivity, 1798 Inks are
    illuminated with shimmering flecks of silver for
    an elegant finish.

    AMÉTHYSTE DE L’OURAL (URAL AMETHYST)
    Solid dark purple in the velvety hue of amethyst
    with the satin finish of a silver mist for a lustrous
    shimmering effect and a noble allure. Ural
    Amethyst suggests the fires of this precious
    gemstone from the reaches of Asia, prized by
    jewellers of long ago.

    LES ENCRES 1798
    Les Encres 1798, de la Collection exclusive
    Jacques HERBIN, fête la date de production
    originale des encres Jacques HERBIN, événement
    décisif dans l’histoire de la maison fondée
    en 1670 et dont l’aventure se poursuit… De couleur
    foncée non saturée, sensible aux nuances
    de pression, les Encres 1798 sont illuminées
    du miroitement de paillettes d’argent qui en
    moirent la surface.

    AMÉTHYSTE DE L’OURAL
    Le violet profond, au ton plein et velouté, de la
    pierre d’améthyste, satiné d’une brume d’argent
    pour une robe d’écriture aux effets scintillants
    de noble allure. Améthyste de l’Oural évoque
    les feux de la pierre fine des confins de l’Asie,
    jadis prisée par la joaillerie.

    Well now we've learned from the new ink is what J in the name stands for - it's Jacques :)

    Apart from tinkering about with the name a little, there are quite a few other changes this year to the overall design and presentation as it looks like they are going through a minor rebranding exercise.

    J Herbin 1798 bottle

    The box is now a smart grey with purple label and white writing.  It does stand out nicely on plain background. Overall design looks more mature and reminds me of perfume bottle packaging. Capacity stays the same - 50ml of silver sheen enhanced ink aka superink.

    j herbin anniversary 1798 ural amethyst ink bottle

    J Herbin listened to feedback and changed the bottle neck - it has new, wider, 2cm opening. Thumbs up! The new bottle is slightly bigger, but the shape remains the same. Cap is covered in purple wax. A shiny looking scarf goes around the bottle neck and suits it very well. I wonder if Jacques himself was so lavishly dressed! On the front there's the 1798 stamp which ties up the scarf and a colour label underneath with the ink name - Améthyste de l'Oural.

    To finish it all off, the glass on the bottom of the bottle is embossed with Jacques Herbin and his mighty ship.

    j herbin anniversary 1798 ural amethyst ink bottle

    You've been good so far, waiting paitiently. So a drumroll please!

    ....And now for the ink itself :) YES!

    Colour of Ural Amethyst is everything we wanted - regal, majestic, dark, mysterious purple. This is the first time J Herbin used silver particles - previous 1670 range of inks (see our previous post here) used only gold. The ink is amazing - the more I use it, the more I love it.

    I have left it in the pen for a week or so - there were no hard starts, pen started writing immediately. The particles move quickly and distribute very well. That said, the bottle needs shaking before inking (as usual) and turning the pen in hand before writing will make a huge difference to the shimmer.

    Now to the main point, how it writes... I did some comparisons with other purple inks and paper from Rhodia, Leuchtturm and Tomoe River. You will hardly notice the green sheen, that is mainly just eye candy from using special paper. As always, the shine does depend on the viewing angle and light source etc but the silver effect is superb though - highlighting the dark tones of the deep purple body beautifully. I think I've fallen in love again...

    Release day at the time of writing this article is 30 sleeps away (but who's really counting) :).

    What do you think? Will this ink top the popularity of Emerald of Chivor??

    Spoiler alert - this photo (and the one at the top) was taken using Artoz Perga paper.

    It's a stiff, card version of tracing paper and is completely ink resistant. Not something we'd use everyday - special occasion only! The sheen and shimmer are simply stunning!!! You will not get this sort of sheen on standard writing paper.

    j herbin anniversary 1798 ural amethyst ink

    Release date for Jacque Herbin 1798 Ural Amethyst ink is 1st September 2017.

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