J. Herbin Stormy Grey 1670 Anniversary Ink (50ml Bottled Ink)

Product Code H150-09
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This is one of the most unique fountain pen inks that we carry. It is a medium-dark grey ink with an intense gold sheen, unlike any other ink. It is an ink formulated for use in fountain pens, and comes in a 50ml bottle, made by the reputable French company J. Herbin. 
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J. Herbin Stormy Grey 1670 Anniversary Ink (50ml Bottled Ink)

Chances are if you're reading this, you've already seen pics on Instagram or someone's blog about how insanely this gold sheen busts out of this Stormy Grey. It's pretty unreal! It's unlike anything we've seen before, and is really has created quite a stir in the fountain pen community.

J. Herbin has been around since the year 1670, hence the name for their premium ink line. The 1670 line launched in 2010 at their 340th anniversary with the ink Rouge Hematite, the first in the 1670 ink series. That ink is a deep red with a gold sheen, and still sells today. They followed up with Bleu Ocean in 2012, and then Stormy Grey here in 2014. The ink comes in a 50ml bottle with a decorative wax seal on the bottle, and a supple wax cap. The neck of the bottle is fairly narrow, so you may want to decant the ink into a sample vial, another bottle, or use an ink syringe with your big/fat nibbed pens!

It is an ink formulated for use in fountain pens, though J. Herbin does put a pretty scary warning on the box about it being highly saturated and how you should clean it out of your pen regularly. The gold sheen is achieved by some sort of fine pigment that is quite visible in the bottle and even in your pen (if you can see in your pen), though we've found that it the Herbin warning is probably a little overstated. You will definitely want to be diligent about maintaining your pens with Stormy Grey in it, though no particular caution needs to be taken as long as you're exercising regular pen maintenance.

This ink is highly saturated and you can visibly see the gold settling on the bottom of the bottle, so you'll want to shake the living dickens out of it before inking it up in your pen to get the most sheen to appear in your writing! The paper really affects how the sheen appears, too, the more absorbent the paper, the less the gold appears. So stick to the really slick, really ink-resistant papers here if you want to see that sparkle!

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Bottled Inks
J. Herbin
Bottle Material
Fast Drying
Freeze Resistant
Ink Color
Iron Gall
Water Resistant
J. Herbin Stormy Grey 1670 Anniversary Ink (50ml Bottled Ink) is rated 4.383 out of 5 by 47.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Ink This is by far the nicest ink I've ever used. The color is one of a kind.
Date published: 2014-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingly beautiful Ink!! Please look at the images.=) I prefer to write it down with fountain pen (with this ink ofcourse) & paper rather than typing a lot in my laptop.
Date published: 2015-12-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Different ink, but probably better in photos When it comes to the J. Herbin anniversary Inks, there are a few things to keep in mind. First of all, the ink when you actually write with it will never look as cool as it does when splattered on a page and the gold is given a chance to pool in some areas conspicuously. Secondly, the photographs sometimes make it look like the ink transitions in color like a ball of multicolored yarn. In reality it’s more of a lighting effect. People will notice the sparkles, and would certainly notice the beautiful bottle on your desk, but you have to be kind of a fountain pen freak to want to tilt the paper around at eye level to see the effect where a letter becomes completely gold. So in intense light, especially sunlight, on a Rhodia pad, I did get the sheen effect shown in the photos where entire letters seem to have this gold color over the grey. In many cases, the gold just adds a general sparkle to the ink. It’s not as gaudy as the gel pens my sister used in middle school, but not entirely out of that ballpark either. As for the color of the grey itself, it’s similar to Faber-Castell’s Stone Gray, perhaps darker. The shading of the grey is decent, aside from the sparkles, but not astonishing. It’s dark enough you could probably read it for a while without getting a headache. It seems to flow smoothly and behave well, but I have not left it in a pen over a long period to see how that changes things. Cleaning the pen just with water afterwards seemed to work pretty well, although little sparkles sometimes end up on the subsequent colors I’ve used. (I don’t mind. Pen flush would take care of that I’m sure.) If I wanted a lot of grey, I would consider buying a bottle just because it’s different and so fun to look at the pooling gold inside the glass. I'd give it 3.5 stars if I could. However, after trying many greys I’ve come to the conclusion that I want darker blacks and blues, or colors that are more specifically colors.
Date published: 2015-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from When it's flowing, it's great... I love how this ink looks when the gold is flowing smoothly. I still really like it as just grey, but for the price, the gold is really what you expect. I've found lots of variability in how much gold flows and is visible… I'm not totally sure if it's the paper / pen, or just inconsistency in the gold particle distribution, but plenty of my writing has been basically just grey. Since I haven't ruled out the pen as the culprit, I'm not gonna bash the ink, and when it's right, it's the most beautiful ink I own. I just wish it was more consistent in the Ahab to which I paired it.
Date published: 2015-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous and unique I saw a written sample of this at DCSS over the summer and could not wait for it to be available in the US. Made sure I clicked the "notify me when back in stock" button, and ordered a bottle as soon as the initial shipment hit the shelves and the website. I put Stormy Grey in a 1980s era Pelikan m100 with a 1 mm stub nib to give it all its glory. On good paper like Rhodia it's fun to watch the grey ink dry and bring the gold sheen to the forefront. It took a little extra flushing to get the gold out of the feed, but nothing extreme. The only down side is that the gold does go out of suspension fairly quickly, so you may have to agitate the pen some if you're doing a lot of writing (and a LOT of shaking of the bottle when it's time to refill).
Date published: 2014-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Woowww, that's a cool one! Great ink with a nice medium dark grey colour, good amount of shading and the "über cool factor" is that there are gold particulates dissolved in the ink (remember to shake the vial before inking your pen, and to agitate a bit the pen before writing for optimal effect). After drying the darker areas will glow golden under certain light angles. Not "in your face" but definitely distinctive and classy.
Date published: 2014-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous and Well-Behaved! This ink is even better than I hoped it would be! The sheen is gorgeous with the grey ink, and even after leaving it in pens for a couple of weeks (oops), it flushed easily out of both wide- and fine-nibbed pens.
Date published: 2014-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very fun ink I luckily got this when it first showed up on Goulet. I love the very intense gold sheen it delivers, I've used it in my TWSBI 580 with medium nib and have come to find that over time it lays down less gold but still shows a nice dust like sheen.
Date published: 2014-11-18
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