If you liked the previous version of 1670 Anniversary ink from J. Herbin, which was Stormy Grey, we have a review for another great ink in that series for you today. The newest ink in that series is J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor (via JetPens) which is a great shade of blue green with tiny gold flecks to give it a bit of a shimmering look to it. You might want to jump on that link to JetPens immediately and grab some because at the time of writing this there was some in stock, but this series of inks tend to sell out VERY quickly.
The J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor 50 mL glass bottles looks pretty unique with its not so perfectly straight lines and the wax seal with gold ribbon pressed into it. A quick glance at a dormant bottle really doesn’t let you in on the secret that this ink holds inside of it, although the strategically shaken TWSBI fountain pen placed in front of the bottle before the picture was taken certainly gives it away.
The photo above shows the shimmering underbelly of a bottle of J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor that has been sitting for a bit and quickly flipped on its side. The lighter shades that you see on the bottom and right half of the bottle is are the gold flecks in the ink that had settled on the bottom and are now sliding away.
Unleashing some of the J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor ink onto this sheet of DoanePaper with a cotton swab shows the great shade of the base ink in this bottle and you can really see the gold flecks start to show up in the area where I ran the swab over the paper multiple times, which is the darker center area.
J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor 1770 Anniversary Edition Writing Sample
Writing with the J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor ink was obviously pretty fun as you can imagine just from the looks of this ink. This writing sample was done with my TWSBI Diamond 580 with a 1.5mm stub nib, so it really shows off not only the nice shading that this ink gives you, but also the shimmering gold flecks. I feel like its a little faster flowing than the Stormy Grey that I previously tested, but its definitely within reason and doesn’t cause any issues when writing. I didn’t bother with a dry time test on this because I found that it was a pretty long wait for it to completely dry, and since this isn’t an every day ink I don’t think that matters much anyway. I have yet to find the perfect use for it or for the Stormy Grey, but I’ll be looking for any good excuse to use it that I can find.
Lastly, check out the video of the J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor writing sample to see how it glimmers and catches the light at different angles. By now you can probably see why this series of inks sells out so quickly every time its restocked, so make sure you take this opportunity to grab a bottle of J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor (via JetPens) for yourself.
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