Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Ink Review: J. Herbin Rouge Caroubier

I'm not much of a fan of red ink, or of the colour red in general, so I had my doubts about whether I would like J. Herbin Rouge Caroubier - which means "Carob Red" in French.  (The carob is a tree in the pea family that produces edible pods.  The red leaf which is shown on the Rouge Caroubier bottle or tin appears to be a carob leaf.)

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.

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