J Herbin’s Rouge Caroubier is a pretty pretty red. I’ve found J Herbin inks to generally be just a tad bit on the dry side.
J Herbin Orange Indien is a nice ink with decent color. It’s no match for my favorite orange, Diamine Pumpkin, though.
Because of all that’s been going on, I’m happily behind on ink swabs for the year. I’ll definitely get to 365 eventually – probably even more than that (so many inks, so little time). I also want to get back to full reviews here – I’ve been putting some mini reviews up on Instagram.
My sister said I should tell my “fans” #sorrynotsorry from her.
In fact, everything you see above has sat unused for at least two weeks. I thought it would be a great time conduct a small experiment: Will it Write?
Here’s where things ended up . . .
J Herbin Rollerball – after a slow start, it started writing wonderfully
Nakaya – this was my birthday pen from Mr. Pentulant this year. It’s gorgeous, but I’m having trouble with the flow and it’s going to have to go back. Ugg. More on this another day, but for today – it didn’t write – not even a little. Disappointing, but I’m sure it will get fixed up and be perfect.
Parker Duofold Demi – started right up!
Montblanc Solitaire – perfect!
Franklin-Christoph Model 20 – I really thought this big wide music nib would have dried out over the two weeks that I didn’t use it, but – no! It wrote like a champ! So happy about this.
Pilot Elite – Gah, I love this pen. I’ll review it soon. Until then, go buy one for yourself. This one started right up, too.
Montblanc Boheme Large Edition – I received this pen as a gift from Mr. Pentulant last Christmas. It didn’t write at all after having sat for two weeks. I’m not surprised, there is clearly an issue with nib – and perhaps with the twisty mechanism. I’m going to need to find someone to have a look at it. Ug.
Lamy Safari – no surprise, it started writing the instant it was touched to the paper.
TWSBI Mini (Rose Gold) – I was having trouble with this pen before it sat. It’s no surprise that those issues didn’t fix themselves while sitting in the pen tray. I think the issue is baby’s bottom and I have an urge to try to fix it myself. Will you posted on how that turns out!
Jinhao 159 – review coming soon – it started right up! A happy surprise. (I got this one from Goulet Pens.) It comes in black, orange, and yellow. The yellow is on sale as of this writing.
Monteverde Artista – one of two pens that kinda sorta wrote after having sat for the two weeks. I kept feeling like it would start writing well “any second now,” but that just didn’t happen.
Montblanc Solitaire Geometric – Another pen I’d been having a little trouble with before my break. It started right up, but the hard starts on some letters remains an issue. I’m going to need to take this one back to the MB Boutique for a look.
Finally, the TWSBI twins – red and green – they wrote wonderfully!
Overall, I’m pretty happy with how this went. The Nakaya is definitely the biggest disappointment – unfortunately, though, I wasn’t terribly surprised as I’d been having trouble with it.
Those Jinhao pens (the dragon and yellow) surprised me in the best way by starting right up.
Vert Empire from J Herbin has mixed reviews over on Goulet Pens.
The ink looks like a grayish green here and that is definitely in line with what some of the commenters have to say about it. However, the swab that Goulet shows is more green that I’m showing. This could be a factor of different papers used and how things look when they are scanned.
I find Violette Pensee to have a little bit of a milkiness to the color. I have no idea what makes that happen. The ink performs well and I do like the color – check out my original review of it right here.