J. Herbin 1670 Emerald of Chivor

When I got Emerald of Chivor, I immediately put it into my Pelikan M600 with a broad nib, as you can see here, to enjoy its full effect. It’s beautiful with that broad nib. On Rhodia paper, the shading and the gold flakes are what you notice, while on Tomoe River the stunning red sheen comes to the fore.


I also wanted to see how the ink would work in narrower nibs, which is my preference for everyday writing. Luckily Pelikan pens allow easy nib-swapping, so I put medium, fine and extra-fine nibs to work with it.


On Tomoe River, the sheen is still every bit as evident with the fine and extra-fine nibs.


With Rhodia, too, the gold still sparkles even from narrower nibs.  It’s easy to see with a fine nib.


Emerald of Chivor also has behaved very well for me. It flows well and has started up immediately.  I did intentionally choose the Pelikan, which is a wetter writer, to get the most of the sheen and shimmer. It is a saturated ink, and it seems more high maintenance than the previous 1670 release, Stormy Grey. However, as the kids say, OMG. Just look at this ink. I think it’s well worth the possibility of a little extra cleaning and a little more attention to how long this ink stays in your pen. Emerald of Chivor is a really beautiful ink.

Here is a paper towel ink chromatogram of Emerald of Chivor.

J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor ink chromatography

Here is the entire Tomoe River writing sample.


Here is the entire Rhodia writing sample.


4 thoughts on “J. Herbin 1670 Emerald of Chivor

  1. Diamine looks to be stepping into the breach with their forthcoming Shimmer inks. There are some great early reviews of those on Fountain Pen Geeks Forum by Chrissy. I can’t wait to try some of them.


  2. Yeah, it certainly looks more vivid than the Blue or Grey (the blue is especially anemic I thought), yet more useable than the red which is kind of all-singing all-dancing 😛 Wish they’d try another color of inclusion.


  3. I don’t think I could use it daily, but I was really surprised by how much I loved this. It’s the best of the four, in my personal opinion, and one of the best new inks I’ve tried in a long time.


  4. Another amazing ink in a series of them! I can’t believe how useable these are, for such a luxurious item. You could definitely use them daily if you can afford them, because the sheen is just this clever wee bonus reserved for anyone who looks close 🙂

    Thanks for the gorgeous photos 🙂

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