Friday, May 7, 2010

J. Herbin Anniversary Ink

I read about this ink several months ago and immediately knew that I had to have it. It had been a while since I had purchased any new ink and I decided that the Rouge Hematite 1670 Anniversary Ink from J.Herbin was going to be mine. I wasn't sure about availability in the U.S. so I contacted Karen Doherty, of Exaclair fame, and she pointed me to several retailers. I chose Brian Goulet who owns Goulet Pens and it was a great choice. I shot Brian an email asking when he would be getting the ink in and he responded very quickly and put me on his waiting list. A few days later, I got another email from Brian letting me know that the ink was in and I could purchase it. Done! Ordering was super simple and the ink was ordered in a matter of minutes. Now, I was expecting to wait a week or so before I would find the package in the mail. I was very wrong. Within a couple of days I had my ink. Before we get to the pictures (oh, you know there are going to be pictures)I want to say something about this order. I decided to to use Goulet Pens because it is a small business and I have to say that I am a little jealous of Brian. Who wouldn't want to own their own pen and stationary business? I decided that instead of holding that against Brian;) I would simply try and support him. We should support small business. So far the experience dealing with him had been great and it was about to get even better. When I opened the box I found a handwritten note, that's right a handwritten note, in the box along with my ink. Talk about a personal touch!

From JHerbin 1670

I was very happy to see that Brian had taken the time to write a personal note and I'm pretty sure that he did it for everyone that ordered this ink. That says a lot. Of course the packaging of this ink is amazing as is the ink itself. The box is beautifully designed and has a nice texture to it.

From JHerbin 1670
From JHerbin 1670
From JHerbin 1670

It even came with a small pamphlet of information that is in French and English and gives a little background of the company as well as the ink.

From JHerbin 1670
From JHerbin 1670

The bottle is 50ml of beautiful red ink. It is square and has a wax seal bearing the date 1670 on its front. The cap is also sealed with red wax. Most of the reviews that I have seen aren't exactly happy about the bottle or wax. When you open the bottle you have to be very careful with the wax seal, sort of like uncorking a bottle of wine. You don't want bits of cork floating in your Pinot Noir and you don't want pieces of wax hanging out in your new bottle of anniversary ink. My seal worked perfectly, only breaking at the bottom where it is supposed to.

From JHerbin 1670
From JHerbin 1670
From JHerbin 1670
From JHerbin 1670
From JHerbin 1670

Something that I think needs to be changed on the bottle is the size of the opening. It is very small, but that is okay because the ink is beautiful. A nice red, bold, saturated red. It also has nice shading. I decided to just use Brian's letter as the writing example, even though I am using it everyday.

From JHerbin 1670

I have to say that this is an ink that I have been looking for. I didn't have a red in my collection so this was badly needed. Thanks to Brian for his wonderful service and help. He also runs Ink Nouveau which has some great info on it. The 1670 Ink runs for $20 dollars a bottle, but it is worth it. Don't forget, today is the last day for the May Giveaway. Nr

Additional Reviews:

Additional Info:
Blood and Sailors
Rouge Hematite


Speedmaster said...

Great review!

Brian Goulet said...

Great review Jason!! I love your pictures, and not just because it has my note ;) I am also infatuated with this ink, I too badly needed a solid red in my collection. This fits the bill 100%. J. Herbin is redoing the wax seal on the next batch of ink, which is expected to arrive in the US in June. The first shipment only had 300 bottles, and that's all that's floating around the US right now. The retailers (aka, me) that did receive them only had limited quantities. I sold out of them purely by waitlist alone, I never even had a chance to list them on my website 'to the public'. I'm hoping the next batch won't be so limited, and I'm hoping even MORE that J. Herbin decides to make it a regular color (though a wider neck on the bottle would be nice).

I appreciate all of the kind things you have to say about me, I'm glad that the fact I really care comes through. Great blog, great pictures, and great handwriting ;) haha

Nrepose said...

Speedmaster - Glad you liked it! Nr

Brian - Thanks for the extra info about availability. I too would like to see this ink become a standard J. Herbin ink because it is such a beautiful color. Thanks for a great shopping experience and the kind words.


Julie (Okami) said...

Awesome photos - I love this ink!! So much that I bought two bottles, something that I have never done with any ink.

Note Booker, Esq. said...

"It had been a while since I had purchased any new ink . . . "

At the rate I'm going, I think it's going to be quite a while before I can say that. I bought my first fountain pen on Feb 8 of this year, and have six bottles of ink, 12 samples from Pear Tree Pens, and another 16 samples on the way! I keep five pens inked and fill my converters just a little so I don't have to wait too long to change to the next color.

And, let me second your comments on Goulet Pens. Brian has a great story to his start-up and service was so good you would have thought my order was for thousands of dollars instead of the $30 or so it really was. Goulet pens is highly recommended. It's where I'll be buying my webbies from now on.

Daisy said...

That is pretty impressive that he took the time to write a personal note for a $20 order. Of course, when you are a small business owner every client is a big deal - especially if he knew he had a real fanatic on the line! Good for you supporting SBOs. That's a lovely bottle and the ink color is stunning. That brand looks like it would be great for brush and ink artwork in addition to writing.

Daisy McCarty
San Diego Office Furniture

The Word Demon said...

For the record...
I found a new supplier in Brian. I was surprised to get a personal note also, but to learn he does this often... if not always? Great touch! I think it's time I get one, or two, of his pens.

Nrepose said...

Daisy - I agree, Brian went above and beyond.

Word Demon - I'm happy to see that I'm not the only one impressed with Brian's business. I also plan to use Brian for future purchases.


Nrepose said...

Julie - When I run out, I'll be sure to call you!I'm using it in a medium nibbed Charleston and it has really nice shading.

Notebook esq. - An addict, uhum, collector is born. It is great that you have fallen in love with fountain pens because they are extremely fun to use. Thanks for your comments.

Nr said...

Great review & pics of an ink that is awesome and which I also hope will become a regular. I thought I had made a comment, but I must have forgot it somehow. Brian Goulet's handwriting is beautiful and his customer service sounds awesome!

Nrepose said...

Thank you very much for the compliments. I also enjoyed your review. Nr