Friday, October 3, 2008

Review: J Herbin Eclat de Saphir Fountain Pen Ink

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Apica Review of J. Herbin Eclat De Saphir Fountain Pen Ink

EF Lamy Safari Fountain Pen. I received this ink as a gift. The only previous experience I had with J Herbin inks was with a sample of Violette Pennse that I quickly dismissed as bleeding and feathering in my Moleskine. So when I received this ink, I didn't know what to expect.

And here's what I have to say about it.

*I love it*

It's the color of blueberries in a muffin.

I usually lean towards more saturated inks, but there's just something special about this one. For one, it behaves fairly decently in the Moleskine, and like a saint here in the Apica. It's smooth as silk, dries quickly and has a very sweet and delicate slightly floral scent that makes me instantly connect it with being a French product. It is not heavily shaded, which I find unusual for an ink of this saturation. (I don't like heavily shaded inks.) It's pricey at $8.75 for a 30 ml bottle, but maybe it's the sweet smelling ink in this bottle that's been manufactured for over 300 years that makes me like it so much.

I get this air of "Use me, don't use me, I don't care. I'll still be here in another 300 years...waiting for you to come back." and I just love that!

You can buy J. Herbin Inks here.


Speedmaster said...

Fun review! ;-)

I've been using this ink for about a month+ myself and love it. I also love the smell. Is this supposed to be one of the scented inks? I wasn't clear on that.

Biffybeans said...

No - I do not believe this is one of their scented inks. It just "happens" to smell that good. It makes me want to buy & try more of their inks. I just noticed how "not good" some inks smell. I have a sample of Sailor Blue-Black that's pretty noxious.....

Anonymous said...

Hey biffybeans, do you Twitter? I've read your posts on FPN and here for a while, and would love to follow you on there if you do :]

Biffybeans said...

Sorry - no Twitter, but I do appreciate that you are reading my posts. :o) Thanks!

Bill Smith said...

Good Review Biffybeans, I picked up a bottle recenly and Eclat De Saphir is a nice. Like you, I find it expensive compared to Diamine's Sapphire Blue.

dougrider said...

I recently got some of this but was disappointed with bleeding! It bled through just about all my good papers, I couldn't believe it so I started dropping nib sizes from Pelikan OB to medium, then a Sheaffer Junior fine (still show through) and finally a Japanese fine. Dang, they all went through my Apica notebook. Oh well, nice shade of blue.

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