J Herbin Amber De Birmanie [full size photo] – This color is pretty cool, I really dig it. It has a nice bit of shading, and looks really nice on bright white paper. Its a warm ink that is rather fun to play around with.
A friend from work thinks it reminds him of a color, found in some Starbucks coffee drink. I don’t personally see it, but hey each to their own. I think it reminds me of Diamine Pumpkin (I will be reviewing Diamine Pumpkin soon).
I inked the J Herbin Ambre De Birmanie in my Reform 1745 German piston filler fountain pen. It seemed to play pretty nice in this specific pen. There was a bit of show through and a tiny bit of bleeding on the Hammermill Laserprint I used for the test. I found it to play a bit nicer on Bagasse paper. An odd observation I found — on the Laserprint paper, the pen felt dry. The line didn’t look really wet, but it seems that the dry test proved otherwise. Not 100% sure what that’s about, but it actually took a bit to dry all the way.
All in all this ink is really a fun color, and is a great conversational ink. I got some nice comments at work the other day. I think this pen would really shine with a broader nib and or flex nib, something to really bring out the shading.
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
Matt is a Systems Development Director for a multinational franchise. Matt has lived and worked in Hawaii, Chicago, South Florida and currently resides outside of Atlanta. He enjoys his hobbies including Technology, Gadgets/EDC, Fountain Pens, Wetshaving, Clocks, Antiques & Coffee. He even roasts his own coffee weekly.