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Morbus Curiositas
October 9th, 2014, 07:26 AM
Allied Forces Germany- France

De Atramentis Merlot – J. Herbin Terre de Feu



Dear FP Geeks

Here is my second Ink comparison in the Allied Forces series.

This time to red(dish) inks. One from Germany, De Atramentis Merlot and one from France, J. Herbin Terre de Feu.


I have reviewed these inks in separate review already. These reviews are quite thorough (in my humble opinion), I Therefore do not go into details here.

J. Herbin Terre de Feu Review


De Atramentis Wine Ink Merlot


Why this comparison

Well first of all they they are dark(er) red(dish) inks. And as I aways like to do a little story or history, I put in the WW I theme in this comparison

On August 28. Of 2014 Austria declared war on Serbia, causing the first world war. France and Germany were adversaries in this war. They are know united in the European Union... and for me so these beautiful ink companies are.

The De Atramentis is an Ink made of Wine in this case Merlot. There are several wine inks available.
J. Herbin is an very old French ink companie producing inks with the most beautiful names in the ink business.

On the Inks.

Colour: Both are reddisch inks. The Merlot of course is more red,because it is made of red wine. The Terre the Feu is more of a soil brown (Terre is soil in French) with a distinctive dar red touch to it.

Both inks remind me of Wine though. The Merlot for the Merlot Wine (originates from Bordeaux) the Terre the Feu reminds me of the soil the Merlot (and other grapes) are growing on in some French wine estates….

Well, my advice drink a glass o wine reading this…Cheers

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Is there a winner and therefore a looser?

In this comparsion.... Just like in WW I there are no true winners here.

In contrary to WW I where there were only loosers in 1918. Some lost more some of them less less, but everyone lost brothers in the Terre de Sang (Blood Soil)...

.. There is just good news ... there are NO loosers here. :)

Both are quality inks, Both shade superbly,both inks are smooth and a dream to write with.

No ink is better or worse. They are both yuality inks. They both shade superbly and are a dream to write with :)

Just like a father who wil not chose between his sons, I will not choose either. I am happy to have both "brothers" standing next to each other in my Fountain Pen & Ink cabinet.... (Well buy them both if you can't choose they are not that expensive)....

Well not for politics here.... but ...

France offered there Friendship to Germany who kindly accepted. Resulting in the European Community.

There has been peace in (Western) Europe for 69 years now..,

I have therefore written down the text of Friedrich von Schillers Ode to Joy.

Friedrich von Schiller was a German poet, writer and Philosopher,who honourably received the French statemanship. Beethoven put Ode to Joy on music in his 9th Symphony it is now the symbol of peace and brotherhood in Europe

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Since the pen is mightier than the sword, I hope this peace will unite brothers and sisters worldwide in the coming 100 years*...



Erratum the WW I started on the 28 JULY 2014

Well I guess everyone is entitled to have beautiful dreams