Friday, October 3, 2008
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.