J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey

Hello All,
I wanted to post a blog entry regarding the new ink that is about to be released by J. Herbin.

The hype around this ink is reaching a feverish levels.

It’s a new ink, a third in a series of 1670 Anniversary inks, the first two being Rouge Hematite and Blue Ocean.

J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey Ink Bottle

J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey Ink Bottle; Source: FPGeeks.

This ink promises to be an exciting one and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

The word on the street is that it should be available in the US in September 2014.

The first in this series of inks was Rouge Hematite. It is an absolutely gorgeous ink. Blood red with a golden sheen. This ink has gone through several revisions and I’ll be doing a post on this ink shortly.

The second one in this series was Blue Ocean. This ink didn’t do a whole lot for me. It was a straight blue ink that was, for the most part, quite un-remarkable. The public had high hopes for it and it failed to capture the imagination of most pen and ink enthusiasts. I personally didn’t get this ink because I thought it was a turn off.

A part of me secretly wishes that J. Herbin does a revision of this ink and add some sheen quality to it to make it a worthy sibling to it’s predecessor. I have half a mind to lodge a request with Exaclair to voice my opinion.

For the mean time, I’ve paired Rouge Hematite with a gorgeously sheen heavy blue ink: Diamine Sargasso Sea.

J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey

J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey; Source FPGeeks Instagram

The latest addition to this series, Stormy Grey. Here’s what can be found online regarding this ink:


Stormy Grey
Stormy seas are the inspiration for J. Herbin’s newest 1670 ink, “Stormy Grey.” Its color is a deep coal grey (anthracite) with flecks of gold. On his many voyages, J. Herbin encountered dark and wild oceans. The fine golden flecks in the ink are meant to invoke both strikes of lightening across the water, and also its dark and mysterious depths.


I’ve been in search of a black ink with a sheen for quite a while and this might seem like it will do the job. Although I’m not a huge fan of grey or muted colors. I rather prefer heavily saturated and free-flowing inks. I guess we will have to see in person when this ink hits the US shores next month.

Thanks for reading.

[UPDATE: I did a writing sample here after receiving my own bottle of this ink]


2 thoughts on “J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey

    • I’m excited about this new ink!

      Please do let us know whether you’re able to get a bottle of it at the Dallas Show. The information out there regarding this ink is pretty sparse.

      We’re having the SF pen show on Aug 22nd, a little more than a week away. I’m super jazzed about it. But I don’t think we’ll get this ink by that time. I will be shocked if I find it at the show.

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