J. Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean is part of the 1670 Anniversary ink collection and was originally released in 2012. It was reformulated in April 2015 to include gold sparkles, which is the version we now have.
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, later reformulated to add more sparkles in 2015. 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 Bleu Ocean in it, though no particular caution needs to be taken as long as you're exercising regular pen maintenance.
Due to the amount of particulate in this ink used to achieve the sparking look, you may experience restricted ink flow in some of your pens. We recommend shaking the ink thoroughly before filling and gently rolling the pen in your hands often to keep the shimmer effect consistent. This will also help prevent clogging. You will also want to be diligent about cleaning and maintaining your pen when using this ink.
- J. Herbin
- Bottled Ink
- Bottle Material
- Fast Drying
- Freeze Resistant
- Iron Gall
- Water Resistant