Ink Review: J. Herbin 1670 Emerald of Chivor


J. Herbin 1670 Emerald of Chivor
Pen: Pilot Metropolitan (M)
Paper: Rhodia 80gsm & Tomoe River
Shading: moderate to high
Saturation: moderate to high
Flow: wet
Dry Time: 12 seconds or higher

The much anticipated and latest 1670 Anniversary ink from J. Herbin, Emerald of Chivor, has finally been released.  This ink had an incredible build up in the fountain pen media channels, and I was incredibly excited to see if it lived up to the hype.

Being that this ink has solid objects in it (the gold flecks), I didn't want to risk putting it in an expensive pen and potentially have clogging issues, or trouble cleaning the gold flecks out.  I chose my trusty $15 Pilot Metropolitan for the occasion because it's inexpensive, and it has a medium nib that puts down a heavy line.  In choosing a heavier-writing pen, I'd hoped to bring out both the gold flecks as well as the signature red sheen that this ink is known to have.

After inking up and writing on my Rhodia pad, I was immediately impressed with how prominent the gold flecks were in the ink.  They showed up beautifully, and the ink produced an incredibly gorgeous color with nice shading.  One thing that was missing was the red sheen - even on my Rhodia pad I could not reproduce that sheen that takes this ink from awesome to incredible.  After talking to some folks on Twitter, it hit me that I needed to try it on some Tomoe River paper - that was the ticket!

Of the "emerald" inks that I've used, Emerald of Chivor compares well to Noodler's Squeteague and Franklin Christoph Midnight Emerald.  Color-wise, I like Midnight Emerald a lot better than Emerald of Chivor, mainly because it's darker and tends to shade more.  Of course, a lot of people will buy this ink regardless of whether they absolutely love the color; it's the characteristics that is the main draw.

As far as dry time, the ink does fairly well on my Rhodia pad at about 12 seconds, but with Tomoe River it's quite a bit more.  That's to be expected of course, but something to be aware of.  A huge bit of disappointment for me was the fact that the red sheen does not present itself on anything less ink resistant than Tomoe River.  For me, that sheen is a huge factor in my enjoyment of this ink, and Tomoe River isn't always the most accessible or feasible paper choice.  Being as this ink is a bit of a novelty, you may really only use it for special correspondence, in which case Tomoe River would be a great choice.  So it really depends on how you plan to use the ink, and whether that is a deal breaker for you.

All in all, I really enjoyed my first experience with the 1670 ink series.  I have a sample of Stormy Grey that I'm very excited to try out - love grey inks!  If you wanna play around with a unique ink, pick up a bottle or sample of Emerald of Chivor - you won't be disappointed.  Just beware that you'll probably have gold flecks on your hands for a few days!

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Ink Review: Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku

Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku Goulet Ink Drop March 2015
Pen: Lamy Safari EF
Paper: Rhodia Dotpad 80gsm

The final color in this month's Goulet Ink Drop is Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku (peacock).  It is probably my second favorite in this group.  Iroshizuku inks aren't cheap, but they have a glowing reputation of being some of the most well-behaved inks out there.  Many folks I know say that it makes their pens feel smoother on the page.  They're generally well lubricated and are pH neutral making them great for archival.

Ku-Jaku is a nice blue-green teal color with moderate to high shading.  No feathering, bleedthrough or ghosting are present on my Rhodia pad.  The best part about this ink is the amazing red sheen you get with a wetter writing pen.  The only time I've seen a sheen like that is on a letter I received from Stephen Brown (SBREbrown) where he used Private Reserve Electric DC Blue.


Ku-Jaku is definitely a great ink with a lot of character.  Add it to your Iroshizuku collection for $28 at Goulet Pens.

Ink Review: De Atramentis Pigeon Blue

De Atramentis Pigeon Blue Goulet Ink Drop - March 2015
Pen: Lamy Safari EF
Paper: Rhodia Dotpad 80gsm

I received my first batch of Goulet Pens' Ink Drop samples about a week ago.  The theme is Birds of a Feather, and the first ink in the list was De Atramentis Pigeon Blue.

De Atramentis is handmade in Germany by Dr. Franz Josef Jansen.  They carry quite an array of colors and ink properties - one of their most well-known lines is their Document Inks.  They also carry some really cool scented inks which is something you don't see often amongst ink retailers.

This is my first experience with De Atramentis ink, and I have to say that I am really liking it so far.  I'm not typically a blue ink person - especially royal blues - but Pigeon Blue is more of a dark turquoise with a tiny hint of some grey overtones here and there.  Shading is moderate, though not crazy.  Feathering is non-existent and there is no ghosting or bleedthrough on the Rhodia pad.  I could definitely see myself using this on occasion.

Keep an eye out for the other 4 ink reviews this week from the March 2015 Ink Drop!

De Atramentis Pigeon Blue is $12.50 for 35ml from Goulet Pens