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!