Thursday, April 30, 2009

Review: J. Herbin Terre de Feu Fountain Pen Ink

J. Herbin Terre de Feu

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 Terre de Feu

Herbin's Terre de Feu is a warm caramel brown. Really nice flow on the smooth Clairefontaine paper, slightly less smooth on the more absorbent Canteo paper. More shading is evident on the ivory Canteo.

It's not a highly saturated color, (and I wish it was) and while it's nice, I already have a favorite brown in Noodler's Red-Brown, even though it reigns as my slowest drying ink...ever.

J. Herbin Terre de Feu

The ink is not as reddish as it appears in the above image.

Ink provided by Exaclair for the purpose of review.


K9-CRAZY said...

Have you ever heard of them putting the wrong ink in a bottle? I bought Terre de Feu last week, but it looks exactly like Ambre De Birmanie. I can see an ink showing slightly darker/lighter, warmer/cooler, etc., but this is extreme.

Tortoise said...

I just got a bottle of this ink this week, too. I absolutely love the color, but wish it were a bit more saturated. At first I thought it was just a dry ink, so I tried it in several pens. I was happier with the way it looked coming from a broad nib. It doesn't look so washed out that way.

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