It’s been the talk of the town! The stationery town anyway… I was lucky enough to get one of Bureau Direct’s first batch of the long awaited J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor inks! There are a couple of people who have already done brilliant posts about this ink, who I couldn’t begin to compete with, so think of this as an ink novice’s take on it. Do also check out Azizah’s super thorough review over at Gourmet Pens and Ed Jelley’s incredible lettering and video (which he actually produced for J. Herbin).
For those not in the know, this is the 4th in J. Herbin’s Anniversary range, which all have gold flecks in them. I have previously posted about the last release in the range, Stormy Grey.
I really like this colour. I wasn’t sure I would as I’d imagined it would be a lot greener, but it’s quite a dark, turquoisey green, so right up my street.
Like this! Really pretty! The other selling point about this ink is the red sheen, which Ed and Azizah both managed to show beautifully. I, on the other hand, do not seem to be able to get this sheen… I can only see it if I do a fat ink blob on the page:
I’m not sure it quite shows but you can see the sheen around the edge of the blob. I think this could be because of a number of reasons; not a thick enough nib, the wrong paper, using a dip pen, not shaking it up enough… I’m not sure. I have a theory that the more I get down the bottle, the more sheen will be left in the ink and the more it will show. Maybe that’s stupid, but I really hope I do get more sheen showing, as that’s what so unique about this ink. Anyone got any tips? I have been shaking it up lots, but no joy!
The other thing is that it’s a really wet ink, this means that it feathers sometimes (you can see this in the f and v above) when you’re using a dip pen and goes through to the other side of the paper (occasionally even on to the next page!). This paper usually does well with inks so I guess I should try a tougher paper, and a thinner nibbed pen. Next time I’m inking up fountain pens, I’ll give it a try.
On a more positive note, I love the packaging – this little gem logo on top of the box is adorable! I’ve got a lot more playing to do with this ink, there’s so much potential! I want to try it with different pens and paper and see what I can create. I see that elusive red sheen as a challenge! Expect to see me with green ink on my hands any time soon…
You can get yourself a bottle of this ink for £14.95 from Bureau Direct, along with the other anniversary inks.
Thank you so much to Bureau Direct for sending me this item free of charge for the purposes of this post. This is, however, all my own opinion.