Jacques Herbin 1798 Amethyste de l’Oural
We celebrate the newest line of ink from J. Herbin – Jacques Herbin 1798. The debut color, Amethyste de l’Oural is a regal violet with a luscious silver shimmer.
The 1670 line of ink from J. Herbin produced some beautiful colors. Their newest collection, 1798 Jacques Herbin, gets off to a strong start with Amethyste de l’Oural. Named for the amethyst trade that was coming from the Ural mountain range, Amethyste de l’Oural is a royal violet with a mist of shimmering silver. The ink comes in a 50ml glass bottle that has an improved wide mouth opening to accommodate your thickest pens. A silk cord wraps around the opening and is secured with a wax seal stamped with the year 1798. The entire packaging radiates sophistication, and the improvement to the bottle opening is much appreciated. This review was done with a Pilot Custom 74 F, Lamy Safari B and on Rhodia No. 18 blank paper.
Amethyste de l’Oural is a saturated eggplant purple that has a unique silver shimmer. There is minimal shading regardless of nib size. Whatever shading might occur goes from a royal violet to a dark raisin. The shimmering particles are easily apparent in both fine and broad nibs, and once in a pen, there a minimal need to agitate the pen in order for the particles to become apparent.
Just as the 1670 inks behaved well, the 1798 Amethyste de l’Oural has a nice range of properties. The ink is very well lubricated leading to good flow. There is little feathering and bleedthrough when using in a fountain pen, but if you’re using a brush or dip pen the ink has a tendency to feather. Even with a high saturation, the dry times were normal at 20-30 seconds. The ink had surprisingly high water resistance – a top layer of ink washed away with the shimmering particles but the writing was still very apparent. This ink is going to have high clean up requirements because of the shimmering particles, but nothing that a little extra time can’t take care of.
J. Herbin chose a great color to debut this new collection. This ink is gorgeous in conjunction with the shimmering particles, and its nice to see that they listened to feedback about the bottle design.
J. Herbin Amethyste de l’Oural should be available on or about September 1, 2017. Sign-up for a Back in Stock notification to receive an email just as soon as this ink is on-hand.
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 one for you.
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