Tuesday, July 26, 2016

New! J Herbin 1670 Anniversary Ink- Caroube de Chypre



Are you excited about the just released J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary ink Caroube de Chypre? There is a great story that goes along with this ink. J. Herbin was very fond of dried carob pods and would pick them up in Cyprus during his adventures sailing the Mediterranean Sea.  The carob bean is the fruit of the carob tree and has been cultivated in Mediterranean countries since ancient times. Legend has it that J. Herbin's love for carob beans is the reason he lived so long. (How long? I don't know. That part of the legend has been lost.)

Ink Test Paper Rhodia #16 Pad

We were excited to test this ink and compare it to other popular brown inks. Our first impression was of the beautiful red-brown color of the ink. It has beautiful shading, as you can see from Tiffany's artwork with the ink and a water brush!

Caroube de Chypre ink splotch on Tomoe River Paper

The ink has a green sheen to it that shows up especially on good quality paper, and the gold flecks give it a beautiful shimmer.



The ink isn't waterproof, but it isn't too bad either. If you do manage to spill some water on your writing, you can still make out what you wrote.







When you move the paper from side to side, especially in the sunlight, your writing really shimmers. One of the down sides to the gold shimmer, is that you really have to shake it!  If you're using a dip pen with this ink, there will be a lot of stopping, recapping your ink and vigorous shaking in between writing.
Ink Swatch- 2 passes on the left, and one on the right!
So what do you think about this ink? Some may want to try it, but would rather not buy an entire bottle.  We have samples available for purchase, or *SPOILER ALERT* if you are an iPenBox subscriber and you can wait patiently for a couple more weeks, we are including a sample of this ink in our August iPenBox!


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