A quick unboxing of a recent Amazon purchase. Mont Blanc Irish Green fountain pen ink, and a Pilot Parallel Pen (the very wide and wet 6mm). I also take a quick look at the Irish Green ink, and run a quick swab test to check the color.
I love doing ink reviews. I really love them. Inks are awesome, they can be used to draw out emotions and reference your current mood or attitude. When I commence my various ink reviews, I normally load a pen or two, use various test papers (anything I can write on), fill at least one page in my Habana Notebook, lastly I write a review – on my ink review form. Once that’s done, I post it on various social media outlets, and sometimes reference them in the videos I shoot. [Read more…]
J Herbin Eclat De Saphir [full size photo] – This is yet another beautiful color by J Herbin… I would have to say right off the bat, Eclat De Saphir doesn’t fail to satisfy. In the Esterbrook I used for this review, was a pretty dulled down 1550 nib. This nib can be rather scratchy, it has a sweet spot, but is sometimes difficult to work with. Regardless of the nib, the ink is sheer awesomeness. It flows wonderfully and is very well behaved. (No show / bleed through / feathering). This pen and ink combo produces a nice line that is a bit wet. There doesn’t seem to be too much shading with this Esty, but in my 9048 flex nib, this ink really shines. Flex pops this ink really nicely. The ink also takes a tiny bit to dry at about 7 seconds or so, at least that’s about what it took to dry on my Hammermill LaserPrint test paper.
The qtip test shows the ink to be similar to the Montblanc Royal Blue Ink Review I recently did. But in everyday writing, the Eclat De Saphir appears to be darker and less purplish.
This ink is very pretty, subtle nuances pop based on the nib & pen used. It’s a fantastic ink that I use pretty often. I highly recommend it!
Here are some of the other J Herbin Inks I have reviewed.
J Herbin was established in 1670, when Louis XIV, the Sun King, was 32 years old.
M. Herbin was a sailor, and from his many journeys to India he brought back to Paris formulas for manufacturing sealing wax. His special lacquer formula improved the quality of the seals in adhesion and neatness, helping him to become famous throughout the kingdom.
J. Herbin is also the oldest name in ink production in the world.
By 1700, the company was producing “l’Encre de la Tete Noire,” followed by “Perle des Encres,” (The Jewel of Inks) and “l’Encre des Vaisseaux” (The Ink of Ships).
J. Herbin made ink for Louis XIV, and a black ink for the sole use of Victor Hugo, author of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Miserables. These formulas still reside in our company archives in Paris.
This ink was purchased from: Peartreepens.com
Montblanc Royal Blue [full size photo] – I inked this Royal Blue from Montblanc in a Sheaffer Stylist. This is an interesting pen, in case you didn’t already know, it actually writes a Medium and Fine line. How? If you write normally the Sheaffer Stylist give you a Medium line. If you flip it over and write upside down, it writes a Fine line (although it’s much more scratchy).
Ok, back to the ink…
I feel this Montblanc, is pretty much a color that falls in what I would call – a standard blue. It is a nice everyday blue with a hint of purple in it. It is very nice in this Sheaffer. Montblanc did a great job with the properties of this ink… the flow is amazing, it very lubricating, lays a nice wet line (in this Sheaffer Stylist) no problems with startups, no show or bleed through or feathering for that matter. I’d say it’s a rather well behaved ink. It also dries pretty fast, considering how wet a line this Sheaffer lays down on the Hammermill test paper. It also, has a bit of shading which is nice.
I would have to say, that this is one of my favorite standard blue inks that I have. I like it as much as the J Herbin Eclat De Saphir ink. It’s a well rounded pretty blue, that I would recommend to anyone!
Egad! I apologize, I just noticed a spelling error in the Ink Sample form. Sorry about that!
Montblanc Violet [full size photo] – This color is a very nice deep violet, with hints of black in it. Please note I did have a lot of issues trying to get the scanner to pick this color up correctly. It kept seeing more black than violet. After a few tries I finally got scan to show more of a true color, but its still a little more black than it really is.
I inked this in my Lamy Safari and have been going to town with this ink, it produces a very smooth, wetish line, with a hint of show through. I do occasionally have some nib creep issues, but I think that may be indicative to the fountain pen I am using, more than the ink itself. I don’t see any real issues with feathering or bleed through. The ink is pretty well behaved, I did have one hard start one morning, but I think it was more of an anomaly than anything else. There is a bit of shading you can see in the right light, but the light at my office defeats that, so I don’t normally find much shading when inked in my Fine Point Lamy. Montblanc Violet will continue to be the counterpart of my faithful Lamy.
I left the ink at work on Friday, so I apologize for the lack of an action shot. Ill get one up in the next few weeks.