review: j. herbin rouille d'ancre - ink between the teeth

Sep 3, 2018

review: j. herbin rouille d'ancre

I've had J. Herbin Rouille D'ancre for a while now. Time to give it a gander.

I've talked about J. Herbin inks on this blog before, so I won't delve too deeply on the brand. It's been around for a really long time—and I think they may have changed their name to simply "Herbin"? Regardless, their inks come in two (technically three) sizes: a 15ml mini-bottle, the normal 30ml one, and a 100ml plastic jug that's only available for a few colors.

I think the 30ml bottles are cute, but they're not particularly practical. They have a little slot on the top for you to put a pen, but it's made for pointed pens and glass pens, not necessarily for fountain pens. Ones on the slimmer side will fit okay. The bottle is very shallow, so it gets difficult to fill a pen after a while.

Rouille D'ancre is best described as a dusty pink. It's not deeply saturated.
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The test here is pretty close to what it looks like in reality. In my experience, Rouille D'ancre has some very slight shading, but it's an ink that looks very matte. There is no sheen at all.
It dries fairly quickly: on Tomoe River and Midori paper, it was dry to the touch at about the 30 or 40 second mark. However, it is not waterproof at all. You can't even tell there were lines where the water drops used to be.
I don't really own any colors like it. I compare it to TAG Kyo no Oto Adzukiiro, and Sailor Shikiori Yozakura, which are both very obviously different. But, uh, there you go!

Rouille D'ancre is a relatively dry ink. In my TWSBI Eco, I do get a bit of ink starvation. Priming the feed or giving the pen a quick shake is usually enough to get ink flowing nicely. My Eco is what I would say average in terms of flow, and tends to be a better writer with inks that are a little wetter. In my relatively wet TWSBI Diamond 540, Rouille D'ancre works perfectly. I definitely would not put this ink in a pen that tends to write dry; it wouldn't be a good experience at all!

This ink is a bit fussy, but the color is really appealing to me. I don't think there's anything else quite like it, so despite its dryness I've gone ahead and purchased a full bottle.

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2 comments:

  1. Nice ink review. Just FYI: Octavia Butler, not Olivia. And Rites, not Rights.

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    1. Thanks EB! I made this mistake in an earlier review too. What is it about me that I can't remember Octavia Butler's name? I've read like 50% of her books! I obviously wrote this review out very late at night... thanks for your corrections!

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