J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey (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 1670 Stormy Grey (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 4.4 out of 5 by 75.
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 Marvelous!!! I bought a sample of this a couple of weeks ago and I honestly LOVE It! It flows beautifully and the color, for me, is absolutely perfect. Now, I don't see the shimmer as much as I'd hoped, however, I was okay with that seeing that the overall color was just lovely. I also changed from a fine nib (my all-time favorite) to a medium (my not so favorite), both Pilot Metropolitan, with this ink and the effect was quite pleasing. I never thought I'd enjoy writing with a medium nib, but this ink made it enjoyable for me. It is smooth and dries quickly. I may just have to break down and buy a whole bottle of this liquid gold.
Date published: 2015-01-08
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 visibleā€¦ 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 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 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 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 4 out of 5 by from Sparks creativity I find that the gold is consistent throughout, though you have to shift the paper to see it, and it is not all revealed at the same angle, which encourages a lengthier interaction with the text or picture. The gold doesn't spread but the grey does, leaving feathering on absorbent paper. The ink looks pallid if you don't prime the nib, but once you encourage the ink to flow, the ink is a beautiful dark grey. In the picture, the top writing is with the pen unprimed, the lower written with the pen after pushing a drop of ink through it. The paper is Arc, with a Levenger fine nib pen.
Date published: 2015-05-15
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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