J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey

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.

J Herbin Stormy Grey Bottle and Box

J Herbin Stormy Grey Bottle and Box

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!

J Herbin Stormy Grey Shimmer Sample

J Herbin Stormy Grey Shimmer Sample

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.

J Herbin Stormy Grey Writing Sample

J Herbin Stormy Grey Writing Sample

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.

J Herbin Stormy Grey Bottle and Box

J Herbin Stormy Grey Bottle and Box

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.

J Herbin Stormy Grey Writing Sample

J Herbin Stormy Grey Writing Sample

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!

J Herbin Stormy Grey vs Diamine Sparkling Shadows

J Herbin Stormy Grey vs Diamine Sparkling Shadows

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?

M.

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Diamine 1864 Blue Black

Wow, just wow…over a year since my last post – that’s a record. Shout-out to the reader who reminded me I actually have inks that need reviewing! Hopefully the annual break won’t be repeated.

Does anyone even read blog post anymore? With youTube so readily available, and Instagram being a mini film mecca, the moving pictures of  Hogwarts seem to have become a reality. Nonetheless, ponderings for a different day > to the ink!

Diamine 1864 Blue Black was part of an anniversary collection released to celebrate Diamines 150th year, the bottle is one of 8 wedge shapes that come together forming a perfect circle.  I did not purchase the bottle, as my love of blue and black inks tends to be very limited. But it defiantly is the most blue-black, blue black ink I have tried.

Diamine 1864 Blue Black

Diamine 1864 Blue Black

The colour reminds me of something James Bond would use to sign a document. Formal enough to be accepted on any legal document, but on closer inspection, not all is as it seems. Although that may not be the best idea, because any water would make the inked document null and void.

Diamine1864 Blue Black

Diamine1864 Blue Black

I would describe the colour as Navy Black, and uniquely enough, the wetter/broader the pen – the more navy the colour appears.

Diamine 1864 Blue Black

Diamine 1864 Blue Black

This ink did not feather or bleed through in normal writing, but when using the Pilot parallel I did notice feathering. As this is fairly rare on Rhodia Paper, i’m guessing this may not be an ink that fares well on standard pad and copier paper.

Below are a few ink drop comparisons, and I stand by my statement – a lot of blue-black inks that I try immediately get classified as navy blue in my head, this one really does have me asking the question… Is it blue or black?

Diamine 1864 Blue Black

Diamine 1864 Blue Black

As  always, this ink can be purchased at Write Gear

Pens: Lamy Safari, Flex Dip Pen, Pilot Parallel 6mm

Paper: Rhodia Grid Pad

Word Of the Day: Verisimilitude

Shameless Plug: Instagram

M.

Diamine Pumpkin

I’ve had this colour in my pens for the whole month of October cause you know Halloween and pumpkins, it was a no brainer. Although I don’t care much for Halloween, and have no interest in pumpkin pie – it was a nice colour theme for the whole month.

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This colour is beautiful – super vibrant and summery. Has good smooth flow, water resistance is non-existent – as is expected, and the shading is minimal. This ink doesn’t have a really visible sheen to it, more like a definite shading line.

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I know this ink is called pumpkin, but this colour makes me think of summer days, juicy oranges and melting snow cones. Oh and Orange is the new Black – that series name is so catchy is ridiculous! Every time I hear the word Orange my mind automatically adds “is the new black”.

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The closest colour comparisons I had in my collection were: Diamine Peach Haze, Noodlers Dragons Napalm, Diamine Autumn Oak and Lamy Red. As you can see below none of them are a perfect dupes.

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This ink was bit more work to clean out, but that could simply be because it was in my pen for such a long period of time.

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There was also some bleed through, but none in normal writing, and only when going over the same spot multiple times – and even then it as minimal.

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I also took a few macro shots so below you can see a close up of the ink splat, and the transition in shading.

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As always I purchased my bottle here: Diamine Pumpkin

Now I just need to decide on a colour scheme for Christmas…

M.

Sailor Tokiwa-Matsu

I’m becoming a huge fan of sailor inks. They seem to have this perfect balance of unique colours with surprising sheen and excellent flow. At least that’s my experience with them. One the one hand they seem pricey when you just look at the packaging and bottle. I mean look at Pelikan Edelstein and Montegrappa bottles – they absolutely beautiful, and it kind of makes you feel a little better about the price. But at the same time, I have yet to come across a more functional and pleasant to use bottle. (You can read more about the bottle here: bottle overview)

overview

ink overview

So I got a sample of this colour and the only thing that adequately describes it, is the emoji with the heart eyes and pure, awesome weirdness. In the vial, and when you begin writing it looks like a dark forest green.

Close up top

Close up top

But as it dries it changes colour to a kind of dark olive green, and if using a wet nib develops a red sheen with borderline black shading.

Look at that sheen

Look at that sheen

In this case I had it already inked in my TWSBI EF so I went with that, but I think this ink will really outdo itself in my Jinhao. It is considerably darker then Rhorer & Klingner Alt-Goldgrun, and the few other yellow green inks I had. But Noodlers Sequinoa Green is a relatively good match – it is a touch darker though. Sequinoa Green also lacks the sheen, and doesn’t shade nearly as expressively.

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Close up bottom

And just look at the shading that’s possible with this colour…

Shading and Sheen

Shading and Sheen

The flow is excellent – i’m under the impression that it is a lubricated ink, but i’m not sure about this. Water resistance isn’t good, but then again that’s not really surprising.

Water resistance

Water resistance

Iv’e been entertaining myself this whole week with the colour change that happens as the ink dries. It really is a pleasure to use, and as an added bonus the cleanup is a breeze.

Ohhh and on a completely different but related topic… if any stationary lovers plan on going to Japan anytime soon – this store is insanely epic: Itoya

M

Rhodia Paper

Rhodia has become available in South Africa! Whoop:) Whoop:) (don’t judge my happiness). If you’ve ever found yourself on the the FPN you know about Rhodia paper, there is no way around it. Rhodia, Clairefontaine and Tomoe River are constantly discussed, and I have yet to come across a single post, that I was reading – where the paper quality doesn’t come up. Yes i’m sure that there are posts that may not mention paper at all, I just haven’t come across one yet. But I digress.

Rhodia A5 Pad Front

Rhodia A5 Pad Front

The Rhodia pad i have follows a standard pad format, but the front and back is covered by a cover that is thicker offering slightly better protection and feels like a plastic/paper hybrid. The front also has three scored lines that give you the option of preserving some header space should you so desire. Although it could just be there for decoration… It has the Rhodia logo on the front, while the back gives you information about the paper, and an overview of their other paper sizes, colours and formats available.

Rhodia A5 Pad Back

Rhodia A5 Pad Back

So in this case its: 80gsm paper, 80 sheets of paper, graph format, N16/A5/14.8cm x 21cm, white paper, black cover and lastly made in France.

Rhodia Grid Close-up

Rhodia Grid Close-up

The paper is divided into 5mm blocks without any margin lines, and perforated at the top. No margins is going to be subjective preference but I like it. I sometimes find margins to be a waste of space, and this allows me to customize my margin size. The colour of the graph is lilac, instead of the traditional blue that we see here, but the intensity is about the same.

The paper is easily one of the best I have tried. Its just so smooth – it writes kind of how Moleskine feels to the touch, if that makes any sense? My understanding is that its coated, so the dry time is a touch longer then normal. The way I decided to demonstrate this paper was to write in both cursive and print using different inks and nibs, I though that this would test the paper quality best.

Writing Sample

Writing Sample

From top to bottom I used:

TWSBI EF Nib and Sailor – this ink still showed sheen and slight colour change, pretty awesome considering the thinness of the nib!
Pilot Parellel 1.5mm and Noodlers X-Feather
Lamy F Nib and Diamine Bilberry – Also had some gunmetal coloured sheen.
Lamy M Nib and Diamine Silver Fox
Noodlers Konrad Broad/Flex and Diamine Magical Forest
Rhorer and Klingner Glass Pen and Diamine Damson
Pilot Parellel 6mm and Diamine Blue Pearl – The sheen, the shading, the shimmer its all just so pretty.

Back of page.

Back of page.

And this is the other side of the page, not a drop of bleed-through, no show-through and only very light ghosting. I’ll be honest, I was not expecting the other side of this paper to be completely usable.

If you would like to give this paper a try, it can be purchased here: Rhodia

M