Smooth as SilkSmall amount, only 30ml - but every drop is luscious. I use it with a broad-nibbed old Parker, and the pen seems to guide my hand rather than the reverse, as the ink flows so smoothly, with absolutely no friction. The color is a smoke-purple - moon-dust indeed. I look for reasons to write with this ink and even household reminders have become a venue. The pleasure of using this ink would even prompt me to send long-winded Christmas cards to folks I haven't heard from in years.
5Don't Waste Your Money on Cheap Inks. Buy J. Herbin.I recently bought a very high-quality fountain pen after years of using mediocre ones. I decided that I wanted to only use high-quality ink to go along with it. After researching for quite a while I landed on J. Herbin ink, and I am glad that I did. They are the smoothest, most consistent fountain pen/calligraphy inks I have ever used. The colors are vibrant and solid, and give very little feathering or bleed-through. "Hyatt's All things Creative" did incredibly fast shipping and the bottle (including the paperboard box it comes in) arrived undamaged. Definitely will be buying all of my future colors from them.
5Vibrant and beautiful albeit not too purple, on writing paper it looks amazing on cheap paper it looks good but not perfectWhile I love getting new ink I was looking forward to this one for a while, as soon as i loaded it into a pen and started writing with it i noticed that it is very smooth and doesnt feather or bleed through the pages unless you are using a very common paper like a copy paper or plain ruled note taking paper. With these lesser papers it does not stay as tight as a heavy bonded sheet and can look a little less clean.I know most people who will use this ink will use a thick writing paper under their pen but for the common person I was hoping for it to be able to transition from fancy paper to pauper paper with no noticeable change it lettering size or quality. This was not the case which is the only reason I did not give it 5 stars, in my school environment i need ink that can go from page to page and look the same like my Waterman or Mont Blanc inks which i tested side by side and noticed less "bleed" around the letters.All in all a very fine ink, looks majestic on a stark sheet of paper, although I think I would have preferred a little more violet in the ink, it has almost a plum color look to it on the page but that is a personal preference, and in the long run I am sure I am better off with this; than a middle school gel pen colored purple that jumps off the page instead of eases off like this one does.
4Beautiful ink colorBeautiful ink color. Much more pinkish-gray than the picture shows, but still a lovely pink-purple color and good quality ink. Makes a good ink wash as well for any artists.
5Really nice colorBeautiful, rich medium brown with a slight gold tone. Flows really well, even in the cheap Parker Beta I'm using it in; looking forward to trying it in the better pens I have on order.Just to follow up:1st, I think the color on the box does this ink a slight disservice as it misses the golden tone.2nd, I've experienced the ink really darkening notably over time, to like a dark chocolate color; this darkening is also happening with the Vert Empire as well though not so bad. Both are in cheap Parker Betas so I'm thinking it may be due to the loose seal of the cap letting air in and the exposure to air is causing the ink to darken. I just filled a new Baoer 388 with it and it's the original golden brown color I remember; washed and refilled the Beta and it's golden again, too. Have filled a new Baoer 801 with e Vert and it's the proper greyish green. The caps on both of these are much tighter fitting than the Betas so I'll see how they do with the ink and report back in a few weeks.
5Just wonderfulThis ink in wonderful . I'm currently using it in a pilot metropolitan fountain pen with a fine nib and it writes wonderfully . I've read that others think it's too light for daily writing but personally I don't see why you can't use it everyday . The blue green minty color of this ink is just beautiful . Writes well on cheap paper as well . Does not feather or smear ( I am paring it with a fine nib pen so that helps with the matter ) . I will definitely be buying more ink from this brand and another bottle of Diablo menthe when mine runs out .
5Now I need to order reams of cream-colored paper!J. Herbin ink is perfect. I recently used their 'Perle Noire' shade in four fountain pens that had begun to skip and stutter, with a disturbing scratchy sound (filled with Jinhao cartridges or 'Winsor & Newton Calligraphy Ink' in converters). I'll never use them in a fountain pen again.... Concerned for my writing instruments, I rinsed each nib and cartridge until the cool water ran clear. Drying the nib gently with tissue and wiping the inside with a QTip, I filled them with my J. Herbin ink -- and observed the improvement in each pen's performance after only a few lines, as the point seemed to slowly remember how it loved to float across the page, leaving a fine trail of ink in its wake. I couldn't wait to try this brand in colors other than 'Black Pearl,' so I rinsed and changed the ink in one pen as soon as this arrived. As each line dried, I watched the color change from dark, neutral grey/brown to deep bronze with a soft patina that made me long for cream colored paper. This color has been compared to the line produced by a soft pencil and I can see the merit of that comparison, but under bright light, I find a subtle hint of green that makes me think of bronze. I could go on, but I need to order some cream-colored paper!
5More purple than expected, but it grew on me.It took a few days of using this ink to start to appreciate it. At first, all I saw was purple and I was ready to write a bad review, but over time, it grew on me. I got into fountain pens and inks for signature purposes only. So I am mainly looking for an ink that will stand out from the rest. So when I first saw this on paper as "purple" I knew it was not for me. In the construction world, the male of the species is shunned for using purple ink. After many tests on paper, I used it for some work documents and I can't explain why, but it seemed less purple...enough for me to deem it acceptable.Depending on the review, it is either purple or blue. If the thought of purple ink scares you...then I would not recommend it. If you like the idea of hints of purple to maybe all purple, then give it a try. Or not. I am not here to tell you how to live your life.
5Delicious colorI'll repeat what I said for my review of J. Herbin's Ambre de Birmanie. It's as if certain scents, tastes, colors don't exist .. are impossible, are outside the realm of the senses, the palate, or the spectrum .. until you encounter them. Suddenly you remember that life is filled with little miracles .. Moon Dust, Poussiere de Lune, is one such reminder. Who would have imagined that such a color could exists? Beautiful!!
5Poussiere de Lune = plumI tested this ink with three pens:Regular dip pen with a Zebra Comic G tip (top portion)Pros:-Shows the true color-smooth ink flowCons:-Very bad feathering on copy paper due to inconsistent ink flow, which also causes bleeding-very think ink for a dip pen. The last line a tried a one dip test, which basically I dipped my pen one time and wrote until I ran out of ink. It lasted one full seven word sentence and three on the second sentence. Fine a thicker ink for dip pens.Cheap size 2 dip pen nib (word Hello)I'm not a fan of writing with a calligraphy tip at all, but the issues were the same with this nib as it was with the zebra nib. The ink pretty much was all used on the first letter of the sentence :( Now I have used these nibs with a ink cartridge before and they do write fairly well, but not with this ink.The third pen is the last three lines. (Cheap fountain pen using an ink converter)This nib is a extra fine nib from China in an EF.This ink appeared much lighter because the ink flow is more consistent with fountain pens. It is more of a mauve color than a plum color. I'm okay with the saturation of color due to fountain pens, but rule of thumb is always go for a darker ink if you want a vibrant color.Also a tip for beginners: This is a watery consistency. It is great for fountain pens (ones that use cartridges or converters) not so great for dip pens. Try to get a thicker ink such as India inks.
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