Saturday, April 18, 2009

Review: J. Herbin Ambre de Birmanie Fountain Pen Ink

J. Herbin Ambre de Birmanie

From the J Herbin website:

"J. Herbin is the oldest name in pen inks in the world. M. Herbin created “The Jewel of Inks” in his shop on the Rue des Fosses Saint-Germain in Paris in 1700."

"Each bottle of 30 ml has an integrated pen rest. They are known as “D bottle pen inks. The “D” refers to the old French unit of measure “la Demi Courtine”.

* 30 beautiful colors!
* Non toxic and pH neutral
* Lightfast
* Water based
* Flows smoothly and is fast drying
* All natural dyes

J. Herbin Ambre de Birmanie

Ambre de Birmanie - the color of hot caramel on vanilla ice cream, or gold without the glitter. It's perfectly amber...

Tested in an EF Lamy Safari - it had great flow and nice saturation for a lighter color. Some shading. Looked good on both the bright white Clairefontaine paper, and the ivory Canteo.

J. Herbin Ambre de Birmanie


Brian Scott Richardson said...

Ok, this is an absolutely beautiful color. How waterproof is this?

Biffybeans said...

Hi Brian - I don't test the waterproofness of my fountain pen inks. As most are water based, I assume that is it gets wet, it will get smudged... Unless it's one of the Noodlers Bulletproof inks.

Brian Scott Richardson said...

Yes. I need a full list of Noodler's Bulletproof inks. I need to branch out from my basic black. I still might pick some of this color up just for fun.

Gentian said...

I think it looks nice, like a yellow ochre :) I think it would be a nice drawing colour, as with the other browns. They remind me of conté crayons.

Joy said...

"the color of hot caramel on vanilla ice cream" -- oh, god...yum. I got here through metafilter. I wonder if this ink is safe to use with a Mont Blanc fountain pen, do you know? Thanks. Love your blog. :)

Biffybeans said...

Gentian - it is nice, nice flowing as well. I just don't really have a use for it - but I can definitely see how it could be used for drawing.

Hi Joy, and Welcome! In theory, inks marked as "Fountain pen inks" can be used in any fountain pen, though there is some debate that certain brands of highly saturated inks may gunk up the feed. (on any pen) Herbin is not one of those brands. They have been making FP inks for over 300 years. What you don't ever want to do is to use any kind of shellac based ink in a fountain pen because they WILL destroy them. This means India/China inks, drawing inks and calligraphy inks. Hope that helps!

the sobsister said...

just found your blog; great stuff. it's inspired me to revisit using fountain pens to draw. my old standby was/is a 20-year-old Cross pen, so, clearly, I have some research to do.

I also appreciate your entries on notebooks, as I'm always on the lookout for The One. I'm a fan of the Clairefontaines but am currently using a Miquelrius 5-topic binder as my principal notebook and a Moleskine sketchbook to draw.

all that said, I have to wave the flag for the Pilot G-TEC-C4 0.4 Microtip Gel Rollerball as my personal candidate for best feeling pen on good-quality notebook paper.

cheers and kudos on a great blog.

Biffybeans said...

sobsister - thank you for your kind words about my blog! I haven't played around to much with Miquelrius as I know that they have about 6 different kinds of paper..... what I've tried so far hasn't been fountain pen friendly, but I've heard some are. The only pens I use beside FP's are Faber Castell Pitt Artist pens, (F) nib, and the occasional PaperMate stick ballpoint.

Anonymous said...

I JUST put this ink into my wen jue 2031. It just flows so beautifully, like you said. And the colour is just gorgeous. It matches the pen body almost perfectly, as well!

A new (maybe more inexpensive) FP friendly paper is "Strathmore Drawing paper" It doesn't have too rough a tooth, NO bleed, and it folds for letters very well, even 5 sheets fold very easily. No affiliation, just a fan.

Liz B

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