This is my second review of the J. Herbin 1670 collection of inks. Up next is Rouge Hematite.
For those who missed the last installment: "The 1670 Collection celebrates the rich life and adventures of J. Herbin, an enterprising French sailor of the mid-17th century. He made a number of voyages to India, collecting ingredients and formulas for his sealing wax and inks. He began making pen inks in his Paris workshop beginning in 1700 with the 'Ink of Ships' and the 'Jewel of Inks.' Today, Herbin inks are widely used and internationally renown."
J. Herbin Rouge Hematite is a beautiful, rich, shade of red. It is saturated, but not nearly as dense as the Emerald of Chivor ink that I reviewed previously. Again, I used my Conklin Duragraph with a 1.1 stub for the test. The flow is excellent and the dry time is reasonable on Rhodia the 80gsm paper that I used. I did not notice any significant shading with this ink. It was a pleasure to write with and it is a glorious color of red. Also, compared to the Emerald of Chivor, it was a breeze to clean it out of my pen after use. Just like Emerald of Chivor, you get a different color if you shake the bottle. You can see the flecks of gold if you look closely. Highly recommended if you need a nice red ink.
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