Ink Review #639: Jacques Herbin Ambre de Baltique


Jacques Herbin Ambre de Baltique is one of those yellows that’s on the darker side of the standard yellow, and therefore more readable. It belongs to the Jacques Herbin The Essentials collection, and can be hard to procure in the United States.


The color:

It’s almost a mustard yellow, darker than the classic yellow but not quite gold.

Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Medium

Feathering: None

Show through: Low

Bleeding: None

Other properties: medium shading, no sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was a bit of bleeding in the flex nib and feathering in all nib sizes.

Comparison Swabs:


Ambre de Baltique sits somewhere between Robert Oster Honey Bee and Aussie Gold. Click here to see the Jacques Herbin inks together, and click here to see the yellow inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Pilot Vanishing Point Copper with a broad nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, I really enjoyed the color of this ink. Yellow inks can be hard to read, but this one does rather well. I think I’ll add a full bottle to my wish list.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.