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    Cool J Herbin Ambre de Birmanie

    J Herbin Ambre de Birmanie
    This is a gorgeuos golden honey, warm and legible ink. It made my heart sing in happiness writing with it, despite its idiosyncrasies.
    Itís a dryish ink with a confusing flow. Let me explain, it was wet, very wet when I filled the pen, but over time the flow was dry. I never thought to say that about a Herbin ink, but it needs a well-sealed pen, otherwise it might have start-up issues, and it doesn't like copy paper at all.

    It has decent water resistance as you can see.
    Despite all the shortcomings it's an ink I'm glad I tried and have a 10 ml bottle of.

    Let's start with the intriguing chroma:
    Chroma - Ambre de Birmanie.jpeg

    Writing samples:
    Rhodia- Herbin AdBirmanie.jpgMidori - Herbin AdB.jpegTR 68 gr - Herbin AdB.jpeg
    It doesn't like copy paper:
    Hammermill- Herbin AdB.jpg
    Photo:
    20231112_141801.jpg

    Comparison:
    Comprasion - Herbin AmbredeBirmanie.jpeg
    Water test (24 hr minimum left to dry. I held the left side under running water for 10 seconds)
    Watertest - Herbin AdB.jpeg
    and finally a tiny sketch, I entitled joy:



    ∑ Pens used: Pilot Kakuno Ef, Lamy Safari (EF/F/M/B/Stub 1.1), Waterman W2
    ∑ What I liked: Color
    ∑ What I did not like: Very long dry times on Japanese papers, inconsistent flow.
    ∑ What some might not like: Same as above, feathering on copy paper, dryness
    ∑ Shading: Itís there.
    ∑ Ghosting: Yes, on copy paper
    ∑ Bleed through: Surprisingly yes, on copy paper
    ∑ Flow Rate: Very wet / Very dry, go figure
    ∑ Lubrication: Lower than average.
    ∑ Nib Dry-out: No.
    ∑ Start-up: Sluggish.
    ∑ Saturation: Nope
    ∑ Shading Potential: Itís there.
    ∑ Sheen: No.
    ∑ Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Surprisingly yes on copy paper.
    ∑ Nib Creep / ďCrudĒ: Did not notice.
    ∑ Staining (pen): No.
    ∑ Clogging: No.
    ∑ Cleaning: Easy
    ∑ Water resistance:
    ∑ Availability: cartridges, 10 ml, 30 ml.

    Please don't hesitate to share your experience, writing samples or any other comments. The more the merrier

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    Default Re: J Herbin Ambre de Birmanie

    Thanks, Yazeh! I like these yellow-gold-brown inks and you show this one off well. Maybe next time Mouse and Kitty will guess the correct positioning of their umbrellas before you assault them with water! Kitty-man does indeed look joyful. Always love your sketches - they're so fun. As to the variable flow, I usually attribute that to how saturated the feed is, but it's hard to know whether that's correct. Evaporation can certainly impact flow. Anyway, it looks worth putting up with some finicky behavior. Excuse me, I must now go play with my playful kitty...

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    Default Re: J Herbin Ambre de Birmanie

    Quote Originally Posted by LizEF View Post
    Thanks, Yazeh! I like these yellow-gold-brown inks and you show this one off well.
    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by LizEF View Post
    Maybe next time Mouse and Kitty will guess the correct positioning of their umbrellas before you assault them with water! Kitty-man does indeed look joyful. Always love your sketches - they're so fun.
    I got the idea of the umbrellas from you encouraging comments! Thanks for your kind comments!
    Quote Originally Posted by LizEF View Post
    As to the variable flow, I usually attribute that to how saturated the feed is, but it's hard to know whether that's correct. Evaporation can certainly impact flow. Anyway, it looks worth putting up with some finicky behavior. Excuse me, I must now go play with my playful kitty...
    I was surprised by how wet it was at the beginning. Then it was the other way round! Anyway it's just an ink

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    Default Re: J Herbin Ambre de Birmanie

    A favorite. Half way through a bottle, with another on standby. Haven't found it to be dry, but I use it with Ti nibs.
    Add Lightness and Simplicate

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    Default Re: J Herbin Ambre de Birmanie

    A bit late to the party but I also love this one - and I love the review perhaps even more.

    I'm very fond of the little 10ml bottles of the regular Herbin line - enough to enjoy without the commitment of a big bottle.

    Thank you as always Yazeh - these really do brighten my days

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    Quote Originally Posted by karmachanic View Post
    A favorite. Half way through a bottle, with another on standby. Haven't found it to be dry, but I use it with Ti nibs.
    Thanks for sharing your experience. Lamy Safari's are dry pens. I'm sure in my Kaweco with a M/B nib it would've written much better

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    Default Re: J Herbin Ambre de Birmanie

    Another ink I have! And I love the color, shading, etc. Yes, it tends to be dry, but in my experience, so do most J Herbin inks, and I have a LOT.

    I wonder how the African Gold from our latest Mystery Inks would stack up. More yellow, I think. I am using it now in a Sailor Fude. And Diamine Honey Burst? Memory of color can be faulty.

    Love the umbrellas. As well as Stately KittehMan!

    Thanks so much, Yazeh, for another of these Ink-splorations. I look forward to each one.

    Ps, here, scanned a couple of swabs for comparison:

    Last edited by Sailor Kenshin; November 13th, 2023 at 12:51 PM.
    My other pen is a Montblanc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor Kenshin View Post
    Another ink I have! And I love the color, shading, etc. Yes, it tends to be dry, but in my experience, so do most J Herbin inks, and I have a LOT.

    I wonder how the African Gold from our latest Mystery Inks would stack up. More yellow, I think. I am using it now in a Sailor Fude. And Diamine Honey Burst? Memory of color can be faulty.

    Love the umbrellas. As well as Stately KittehMan!

    Thanks so much, Yazeh, for another of these Ink-splorations. I look forward to each one.
    Me too I have quite a bit of Herbin inks! I'm using the up with drawing. I'm looking forward to one of your ink-tetts, this time a gold quartet Thanks for your support and encouragement

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizgeorge View Post
    A bit late to the party but I also love this one - and I love the review perhaps even more.

    Quote Originally Posted by mizgeorge View Post
    I'm very fond of the little 10ml bottles of the regular Herbin line - enough to enjoy without the commitment of a big bottle.
    I think this is a very good move by Herbin. Small bottles give us a thrill and are much sustainable than plastic samples
    Quote Originally Posted by mizgeorge View Post
    Thank you as always Yazeh - these really do brighten my days
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor Kenshin View Post
    Another ink I have! And I love the color, shading, etc. Yes, it tends to be dry, but in my experience, so do most J Herbin inks, and I have a LOT.

    I wonder how the African Gold from our latest Mystery Inks would stack up. More yellow, I think. I am using it now in a Sailor Fude. And Diamine Honey Burst? Memory of color can be faulty.

    Love the umbrellas. As well as Stately KittehMan!

    Thanks so much, Yazeh, for another of these Ink-splorations. I look forward to each one.

    Ps, here, scanned a couple of swabs for comparison:
    Thank you so much for your kind words and doing the comparison. You're right it seems to be in the right in the middle of your two inks

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