Jacques Herbin 1798 Amethyste de l'Oural: Ink Review

Jacques Herbin 1798 Amethyste de l'Oural ink splatter and LAMY AL-star

Amethyste de l'Oural is a nice purple with some silver shimmer.  See what we have to say about it!

Jacques Herbin 1798 Amethyste de l'Oural Writing sample
Jacques Herbin 1798 Amethyste de l'Oural Writing sample
Jacques Herbin 1798 Amethyste de l'Oural Writing sample

Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • About 35 seconds – The ink still smeared a little bit at the 30 second mark of the smear test, so it would have been totally dry around 35 seconds.

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • Medium – While the ink did smear, there was still visible ink left behind on the drip test.


  • High – We couldn't see much difference between swabs 1,2, & 3 .

Ease of Cleaning:

  • Medium – The shimmer was a bit hard to clean out of my feed, and we ended up removing the feed and using a toothbrush to get all the shimmer out. It's also a pretty dark and saturated ink, so it took a couple times to flush it all out.


  • Low – The color was pretty consistent throughout and didn't provide much variation.


  • Wet – We were actually surprised at how well the ink flowed.

Packaging and Aesthetics:

  • The bottles that the J. Herbin shimmer inks come in are so lovely! They have wax seal on the front and are a really attractive square shape. If you are looking for a bottle to display or give as a gift, this is a great option.

Inks Similar in Color:

Noodler's Purple Martin
De Atramentis Aubergine
Diamine Purple Pazzazz

The shimmer in this ink adds such a fun flair to your writing and it's mesmerizing! We really like how dark the base ink is, and the silver shimmer shows up really well against it.

You can find a 50ml bottle of J. Herbin Amethyste de l'Oural at GouletPens.com, or a 2ml sample is also available if you want to just try it out!