thINKthursday – J. Herbin Corail des Tropiques

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J. Herbin Corail des Tropiques

Let your pen drift across the page with J. Herbin Corail des Tropiques.

thINKthursday - J Herbin Corail des Tropiques

thINKthursday – J Herbin Corail des Tropiques

thINKthursday - J Herbin Corail des Tropiques

Herbin (formerly known as J. Herbin) has released 5 new colors and Corail des Tropiques is a standout. The ink is a rouge coral color that is really unique when it comes to fountain pen ink. Herbin inks come in a 30ml square glass bottle that has a little indentation on the top that is meant to serve as a pen rest. The opening of the bottle is on the narrower side so filling can be cumbersome with wider pens. This review was done with a Pilot Metropolitan F, Faber-Castell Essentio B and on Rhodia blank No. 18 paper.

thINKthursday - J Herbin Corail des Tropiques

Corail des Tropiques falls somewhere in the peach, pink, red, coral, salmon and rouge color range – that is to say it’s a pretty unique color. It has a uniform appearance between a fine and broad nib, and doesn’t display much shading. The lightest areas of the ink are a blush pink. From there, the ink shades into a peachy salmon color. The ink has coral in its name and that accurately describes the overall color.

thINKthursday - J Herbin Corail des Tropiques

Herbin inks generally have good properties. Many of their inks write on the drier side, but I found Corail des Tropiques had good flow. There was no feathering or bleedthrough on Rhodia paper, and the ink has low saturation. Dry times were good at 15-25 seconds. The ink had no water resistance, but clean up was easy.

thINKthursday - J Herbin Corail des Tropiques

thINKthursday - J Herbin Corail des Tropiques

thINKthursday - J Herbin Corail des Tropiques

thINKthursday - J Herbin Corail des Tropiques

thINKthursday - J Herbin Corail des Tropiques

thINKthursday - J Herbin Corail des Tropiques

Corail des Tropiques is such a soft and delicate-looking ink that I was initially concerned about legibility, but it was not an issue even in a fine nib. I’m not usually one for this kind of ink, but it is such a unique color that I’ve been drawn to it. While this ink color may not be appropriate for all workplaces, it would make a great ink for all your other writing needs.

thINKthursday - J Herbin Corail des Tropiques

As with any ink review, the pen, paper and person doing the writing will influence the way the ink looks. If you’re not sure about a color, try a sample to see if it’s the color for you.

Ink it Up!
Chris

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