|J. Herbin Rouge Caroubier on Rhodia dotPad.|
I received this ink in cartridge form along with the J. Herbin Refillable Rollerball that I reviewed a while back. J. Herbin ink cartridges are short international sized cartridges, so you can use them in any pens that take that size. The cartridges come in a truly adorable tin. The tin is round and comes with six cartridges. Using ink cartridges may not be as cool as using bottled ink, but I could see myself buying more J. Herbin cartridges just to get more of these tins! This is the kind of packaging I like - aesthetically pleasing and (even more importantly) reusable.
Rouge Caroubier is not a true red; rather, it has a distinct pinkish tone. I'm not sure that I would even have chosen "red" as the best word to describe this ink. It's a light, bright, happy color, but not one that I personally like. (I like pink even less than I like red.) If you like lighter and pink-toned reds, you may love it.
|Mandala drawn with J. Herbin Rouge Caroubier on an index card. There is some feathering on this cheaper paper.|
Shading appears to be slight with this ink. You may see some when writing on paper such as Clairefontaine or Rhodia or when using a broader nib. Flow seems to be excellent, though it's difficult to judge as I'm testing this ink in my J. Herbin Refillable Rollerball (not the smoothest writer) rather than in a fountain pen (I don't yet own a fountain pen that takes short international cartridges, something I think I need to remedy!). There is some bleed through and feathering on cheaper paper, none on Rhodia.
Overall, J. Herbin Rouge Caroubier is a decent ink, but given that it is far from being a conventional red colour, I would not recommend it unless you are specifically looking for a light pinkish-red or reddish-pink. I am glad to have had the chance to try this ink, as I would never have bought this colour for myself. (And I still love the tin, even if I'm not crazy about the ink!)
Other reviews: Spiritual Evolution of the Bean, The Dizzy Pen, Quo Vadis Blog, Ambrosia's Ink Rack.
P.S. And oh yes, it appears I'm back blogging.