Ink Review #182: J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey


I didn't post yesterday due to sick kids, so you get two ink reviews today. Today's second ink is J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey. I purchased my samples of ink from Goulet Pens.


The color:

Stormy Grey is a dark grey with gold shimmer.


The large swab shows off the gold shimmer well.


Dry time: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Medium-a little bit of the ink washed away, but the writing was still legible.

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: No shading, no sheen, gold shimmer.

The ink behaved well on 20 pound copy paper-no problems there.

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Diamine Graphite, J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey, and Diamine Grey. Click here to see the J. Herbin inks together. I think Diamine Graphite is probably the closest to Stormy Grey's base color of the ink swabs I have right now.


Longer writing:

I used a medium Pelikan 605 White Transparent on Tomoe River paper. The ink was on the wetter side, but I didn't have any flow issues. I did have a lot of trouble keeping the shimmer consistent. It quickly fell out of suspension, so frequent pen rotating is necessary.

Overall, the shimmer falls out of suspension quickly, and there is no shading and sheen, but the dry time is decent. I would like this ink more if it had silver shimmer instead of gold, I'm just not crazy about the grey/gold combination. It's not an ink for me, but it's pretty well behaved.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself and all photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.