J. Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre: Pretty Pictures and Sheen and Shimmer

So I put Caroube de Chypre in an even wetter pen — an Edison Herald with medium nib. Again I shake the heck out of the bottle before filling. The Edison does deposit more ink on the page, and there’s more shimmer.

I especially like Caroube de Chypre in the Edison on Tomoe River paper, which shows not just gold shimmer, but also this ink’s beautiful green sheen.

Here’s a closeup.

J. Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre writing sample

I love how this ink looks — I love that color, and the sheen. True, the gold doesn’t stand off the page in the writing portion, but you see it more from the Edison.

And then I cheated horribly — I pooled the ink on the paper.

J. Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre ink blot

That pool took more than an hour to dry, and still wasn’t totally dry on the edges when these photos were taken, but you can definitely see both green sheen and gold particles. The gold is obvious.

But the ink pool is cheating, in my mind, because I don’t write that way. I write in a pen, and I need the ink to dry in substantially less than an hour. I tend to get impatient if an ink takes more than 30 seconds to dry before I can flip the page.

So I’m back where I started: Caroube de Chypre is a quieter shimmer ink. Gorgeous, but with a lesser amount of shimmer. I understand it now, and now I can write my review.

And then I get a letter from a friend. On one page she uses Caroube de Chypre. And in her letter, I see copious gold particles. In fact, Caroube de Chypre’s gold is almost showy, in her letter. Which looks nice, too.

And the special pen she used to bring this out?

A Lamy Safari. Medium nib.


Maybe if I don’t shake the bottle, and I fill from the bottom, where all the gold has settled ….

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