I absolutely adore this ink. Normally blue and black inks only make an appearance when required in a meeting setting or some formal document … That being said, this ink has been in my pen non-stop since I bought it. I have a bunch of new inks to try, but every time I need to refill – I reach for this ink.
It’s somehow addictive, it writes like a dream, keeps up with my flex writing and the sparkle, oh the sparkle – golden shimmery goodness in a pool of light black ink. It reminds me of the ocean at night, when a cruise ship lights dance on the swells. And the water resistance is surprisingly good!
If you had to make me choose one ink, that I had to use for the rest of my life, this would win in a heartbeat. Although I also have all the other J.Herbin 1960 currently available, Stormy Grey, in my opinion, is absolute perfection.
Okay, now for some more objective points: The bottle – although stunning, is not very practical – the opening is very narrow. You will defiantly have to decant or syringe the ink out once you reach half way – if you lucky. Also, the wax on my bottle cap is already cracking even though I tried to be super careful when opening and closing it.
I mainly use my Noodlers Konrad or Kaweco Sport BB Nib with this ink, so cleaning is out is a breeze for me – I just take the whole pen apart. But if you use a pen that’s not so easy to dissemble then it could take a while because of all the shimmer in the ink. Lastly the gold particles settle(don’t store the pen nib down), so to keep an even distribution of shimmer you need to keep moving the pen around and shake it up a bit if you have left it sitting in one position for to long.
Diamine Sparkling Shadows is a very similar ink – near identical, and a bit cheaper. Personally though, I prefer Stormy Grey. It just seemed to flow marginally better and the shimmer seems to be a touch finer. But perhaps i’m biased because of the name and packaging – it’s just so darn pretty!
I wouldn’t put this ink in an extra fine or fine nib for any extended period of time because I feel it block the feed. But my Lamy (M) seems to cope perfectly fine, although the wetter the nib the more magical the ink appears.
As always, this ink can be found on Write Gear, the paper is Rhodia and the pens are Lamy Safari F, Lamy Safari M, Lamy Safari B, Noodlers Konrad Flex and the Pilot Parallel 6mm.
Does anyone else find this ink addictive or is it just me?