The oldest name in ink production, J. Herbin was established in 1670 by an enterprising sailor armed with sealing wax formulas from his travels in India. After designing specialty ink formulations for such French luminaries as Louis XIV and Victor Hugo, the company became synonymous with high-quality writing supplies. J. Herbin introduced this collection in 2010 to celebrate its 340th anniversary, and the newest addition, Caroube de Chypre, was just released in summer of 2016.
Note: At checkout, you’ll have your choice of colors for each bottle in the 3-pack. Choose between Bleu Ocean, Caroube de Chypre, Emerald of Chivor, Stormy Gray (limited to 7 bottles), and Rouge Hematite. You can also add up to 3 InkJournals (+ $16 each).
A deep, intense brown with light red reflections and a sparkling gold effect, this ink is named for the dried carob pods J. Herbin picked up in Cyprus when sailing the Mediterranean Sea. Harvested for their therapeutic properties, carob pods were known throughout Europe as the “the black gold of Cyprus.” J. Herbin was quite fond of them, and some credit them for his long, healthy life.
Rouge Hematite, the original ink in the series, has the same shiny, deep-red characteristics as the mineral it is named after. With the most subtle golden shine of the five inks in the line, it can look greenish in certain lighting. On the other hand, Stormy Gray is popular for its almost excessive amount of gold sparkle, and inspired by the many oceans J. Herbin once traveled. Emerald of Chivor is a nod to the stone the voyager is said to have carried in his pocket, from the Colombian emerald mine of Chivor. Originally, Bleu Ocean contained no additional metallic pigment, but offered a nice blue shade with a good amount of shading. Due to popular demand, Bleu Ocean now contains the same gold pigmentation found in the other 1670 colors.
Every element of the presentation tells part of the company's story—from the illustrations on the display box depicting J. Herbin’s nautical life, to the colors of ink inside. The cap on top and seal on the front of the bottle, handmade with J. Herbin Supple Wax, are reminiscent of the wax used by J. Herbin to seal French Grand Cru wines. Please note that the ink takes longer than most to dry and requires more scrubbing to remove. It also needs more diligent and regular cleanings in order to prevent clogging in fountain pens. The gold pigment will quickly settle at the bottom of the ink bottle; shake it thoroughly before filling.
Filled with 80 pages of 80-pound stock paper, the InkJournal Black Notebook was created for fountain pen enthusiasts to catalog their pens and inks. Even-numbered pages are laid out with dedicated fields where users can test and record various qualities of the ink and pen, including dry times and water-drop tests. Odd-numbered pages offer blank space for notes, comparisons, and overall ratings. At the front of the notebook are two blank index pages; fill them in as you go for quick reference to the pens and inks you’ve tested. Measuring 8.5 by 5.5 inches, the InkJournal provides space for up to 38 different pen and ink entries.
Shipping Ink in Cold Weather
Because all fountain pen inks are water based, it’s possible they may freeze during transit. If your ink arrives frozen, simply wait until it has thawed to use it. However, as the ink freezes and expands, there is also a risk it will cause the glass bottle to break. We recommend those living in colder climates exercise caution when ordering this time of year.
All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.
Estimated ship date is Feb 12, 2018 PT.
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