I”ve tested a large number of fountain pen inks this past year and one of the biggest surprises I’ve found is that I actually like brown ink. When I bought my first fountain pen (a red Lamy Safari) two years ago, black was the first and only ink I used in it for the longest time. Then I tried a few shades of blue – but only dark saturated blues. I was looking for the same shade of blue that my trusty Papermate Stick pens used because anything different would just be silly. I thought, “Who on earth writes with a turquoise ink?”
Then came purple… which for me was a little bit on the wild side.
And then Karen asked me if I would like to sample the J. Herbin line of inks & that was it. After discovering colors like Rose Cyclamen, Bleu Pervenche & Orange Indien, I had awakened to the glory of brightly colored inks.
But then there was brown. Let’s just say that I wasn’t a huge fan of brown ink. In the last batch of Herbin inks I received to test, there were not just one, but TWO more bottles of brown ink; Cafe des Iles & Cacao du Bresil. I wasn’t really looking forward to testing them, but once I did, the craziest thing happened – I simply fell in love with the warm reddish brown hue of the Cafe des Iles. It strikes me as very earthy and also reminds me of the color that Leonardo DaVinci may have used in one of his sketchbooks.
See my Herbin Ink Review Index Here (6 more inks to go!)