This was an ink review in the waiting for the last few months. I’ve been meaning to get around to it for a long time, but it just never happened with how hectic my schedule was. After a lot of delays, I finally decided that the first review of the summer, will be this. Without further ado, let us jump right in to my review of J. Herbin’s Emerald of Chivor.
The box it came in was very nicely detailed and shone exquisitely when it reflected the sun. The drawing was absolutely mesmerizing and a very nice touch to a somewhat luxurious product. Initially, I was very reluctant to spend $26 on a bottle of ink, but I bought my ticket and boarded the hype train. Looking back, I have no idea why it took me so long. Everything about this ink drove me absolutely crazy for it since my first use in my FC Model 40P. It retains all the great characteristics of a standard Herbin ink while adding an extra component that makes this ink shine(pun intended 😉 ). I also love using it in my Pilot Parallel pens because the ink just exhibits its characteristics much more beautifully when it’s used with a juicy, 6.0mm nib.
The one thing that makes a hype train possible is a unique characteristic that you can’t find anywhere else. For the J. Herbin 1670 inks, it’s the gold flakes that allow for some sparkly handwriting that glitters in the light. Seeing its commercial success, Diamine jumped aboard the gold flakes hype train, but failed to recreate the Herbin experience (more on that later). The beautiful teal color of the ink meshes really well with the gold and creates a stunning contrast that’s very pleasing to the eyes. My only gripe is that it is pretty expensive, making me hesitant to use it more liberally than I usually would. Other than that, I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a change in their usual ink or those who love sparkly inks.