Thursday, October 8, 2015

INK: J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor 1670 Review w/ pics ( Part 2) *Updated*

More recent, updated pictures of J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor in a Nemosine Singularity Stub nib. (11.08.2015)

It is time, finally, for the second part of my review of J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor 1670 ink. I briefly reviewed it about a month ago, and was just able to use up what I could in the pen it was in. So, without further ado, here is what remains of my thoughts and opinions on this ink.

Ink: J Herbin Emerald of Chivor
Pen: TWSBI Diamond 580AL Orange
Nib: Fine
Paper: Piccadilly, Tomoe River, and regular copy paper 
(Only one shown was Piccadilly cream paper - my journal).

This ink performed just as good in a pen with a Fine nib, as it did in a Pen with a stub nib. I would have to agree with the consensus that when a larger nib is used, you do tend to see more the different colors better. In a pen with a fine nib, it tends to be more dark green with gold specs. However when you put what you have written under some light, then you see the brilliance in this ink - the red, gold flecks, and beautiful deep green.

My Thoughts & Observations

This ink flows so very smooth from the pen and is heavily saturated (and wet). As long as the ink has not been sitting in the pen for an extended period of time, it starts right back up. Now let's get to the ink and the time it is in the pen....

If the pen goes unused for a day, maybe two at max, the ink usually starts right up with no troubles. Let it sit a week, well you might have to dab it a bit on paper to get the ink flowing again or draw some ink down from the converter. In my case, after it sat for a week, that is when I started having issues. The ink would dry and you would have a difficult time getting it to start. I eventually got fed up and removed what was left in the pen and put it in an ink sample vial.

The gold flecks up close

It doesn't end there. I flushed the pen repeatedly with luke warm distilled water. I flushed it once, twice, three get the point. I spent about 15 minutes or so dealing with flushing this pen. When I had thought that it was flushed, I put some Noodlers Burma Road Brown in the pen. The first time I went to write, I had gold speck in my Noodler's ink - likely left over from the J. Herbin ink. I would get a couple sentences down and the gold specs disappeared. The second time I went to use that pen, the same thing happened - more gold flecks in my Noodler's ink.It took a good 3-5 times of separate writing sessions, before the gold specs became very minimal to non-existent.

  • This ink is a bit pricey. At about $26 for a bottle, it definitely is not ink to waste.
  • It is beautiful and has lots of character to it.
  • Ideal for when you intend to write letters or use it often.
  • Do not let it sit in the pen too long with no use
  • Flush the pen  really, really good before re-using it.
  • Heads up, it is a fairly wet ink, so I would not suggest using it on paper that it will bleed and allow for ghosting.

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