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J Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre Ink Review

J Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre Anniversary ink is the newest color produced by the oldest name in ink production in the world. This is the 5th ink color of the J Herbin 1670 Anniversary Ink, each being produced over the last 5 years. Previous 1670 Anniversary ink colors are Rouge Hematite; Ocean Blue; Stormy Grey and last years Emerald of Chivor. Caroube de Chypre is a wonderful brown colored ink with a hint of red. The ink  has J Herbin’s 1670 golden specs, which makes for a truly unique ink color and writing experience. Pen Chalet carries all 5 colors of the J Herbin 1670 Anniversary ink and all are in stock today.

J Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre Ink Drops

J Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre Ink Drops

J Herbin inks are some of the most renowned inks in the world having a storied history being made exclusively for King Louis XIV of France and for celebrated author Victor Hugo, who wrote Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. J Herbin 1670 Anniversary inks continues this historic tradition by producing an ink with the quality characteristics associated with J Herbin himself, who lived and sailed the world during the first French Empire. Caroube de Chypre, which is named after J Herbin’s known affection for carob beans found on Cyprus, is a dark, rich attractive brown color, just as the Cyprus carob beans were to this French sailor during his day.

J Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre Ink

J Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre Ink

Please note some of the characteristics we found associated with this newest J Herbin ink below, which we hope you find helpful:

Testing Factors

We used a J Herbin Glass dip style pen for this review along with Rhodia Block N. 18 graph paper.

Bottle Sizes

The J Herbin 1670 Anniversary Inks only come in one size bottle, a 50 ml. square bottle with a small round top. The bottle itself though is a beautiful work of art, which resembles more of a display quality ink well than a standard ink bottle. Each 1670 Anniversary Ink bottle comes with a completely dip waxed cap and a “1670” wax seal attached to an attractive cord. The bottle not being multi faceted and the small opening may make the last few drops hard to obtain.


The Caroube de Chypre 50 ml. ink bottles, which are imported from France, retails for $24.00, which makes it a high end J Herbin ink, but well worth acquiring the newest 1670 color each year, due to its unique color and shimmer characteristics.

Dry Time

Dry time, using the glass dip pen, which is equal to an extra fine nib, required about a 15 second dry time, which is a little long. But the extra dry time this pigmented ink requires is worth the wait.

Bleed Through

There was no bleed through at all using this ink with the glass dip pen, or cotton swab, with 1, 2 and even 3 swipes.


There was no perceptible feathering using the J Herbin glass dip pen and Rhodia paper. However, during the water test (see below), there was some feathering, especially with the wetest first pass with the cotton swab.

Water Test

After a 3 minute dry time, we ran a wet cotton swab over the ink sample, which produced smearing, some feathering, color smudging. Therefore, this ink is not waterproof, nor would I call it water resistant.


With the gold flecks, which you will need to shake the bottle prior to filling your pen, as gold will settle to the bottom, produces some wide range of shade and color distortion, which is part of the beauty and allure of using J Herbin 1670 Anniversary inks.

Conclusion on the J Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre Ink

Unique color, gold flecked ink at a reasonable value for a French import. This ink will sell well and supplies will be limited while J Herbin Ink Company tries to keep up with demand. Therefore, get J Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre Ink, while Pen Chalet has it in stock.