J Herbin Cornaline d'Egypte

J Herbin Cornaline d’Egypte Review and Giveaway!

J Herbin has recently announced the newest addition to their 1798 fountain pen ink line. J Herbin Cornaline d’Egypte is a beautiful orange fountain pen ink with silver shimmer particles, that derives it’s name from the gemstone Carnelian, or Cornaline in French. The Carnelian gemstone was used often in Royal Egyptian Jewelry, and also had religious symbolism. There are many references linking the gemstone Carnelian to imagery of the Sun and the Eye of Horus. Both of these images are directly linked to Egyptian religious beliefs and practices. J Herbin has captured much of this symbolism and imagery with their Cornaline d’Egypte.

Continue reading for your chance to win the bottle of J Herbin Cornaline d’Egypte that we used in this review.

J Herbin Cornaline d'Egypte Written Review

J Herbin Cornaline d’Egypte Written Review

Our review of J Herbin Cornaline d’Egypte ink produced the following traits that you may find helpful:

Testing Factors

For our review of J Herbin Cornaline d’Egypte ink we used a J. Herbin glass dip pen with Rhodia dot pad paper. Our glass dip pen’s tip is equivalent to a fine fountain pen nib.

Bottle Sizes

Cornaline d’Egypte comes in the same sturdy square bottle as Amethyste de l ‘Oural, except with matching orange accents. The bottle holds 50ml of ink, which is pretty standard and plenty of ink for most purposes.


Cornaline d’Egypte will retail for $26.00 USD. This pushes it into the higher end of inks, but definitely not the most expensive ink. For the great quality you are getting, $26.00 USD really is a great price.

Dry Time

We discovered a surprisingly slow dry time for Cornaline d’Egypte. It took approximately 13-15 seconds for it to dry thoroughly, which makes this a slow drying ink. We would not recommend this ink as a swift note-taking ink unless you have some blotter paper handy. However, the gorgeous orange color is totally worth the longer dry time.

Bleed Through

We experienced no bleed through at all during this review. At the wettest point of the cotton swab test, there was very minor show-through, but still zero traces of bleed-through. Our review was done on a Rhodia Dot Pad, so other papers may perform differently.


Cornaline d’Egypte showed no feathering at all in our review. Every line on the page was clean and crisp.

Water Test

For our water test, we ran a wet cotton swab over an ink sample that we had let dry for about three minutes. We assumed that we would see some streaking and smearing, and we were correct. As J Herbin Cornaline d’Egypte is a water-based, non-waterproof ink, it does not have the best water resistance. However, it did leave the sample legible which shows that it does have at least some water resistance.

Shading & Sheening

Cornaline d’Egypte is a great shading ink. In normal writing we found it to shade from a vibrant light orange, to a lovely dark orange. We were unable to produce any sheen in our review, but the silver shimmer definitely makes up for that. In normal writing, the silver shimmer adds just the right amount of shine to make your writing pop.

Conclusion about the J Herbin Cornaline d’Egypte Ink

We are very excited to have received this sample bottle from J Herbin so that we could post this review. J Herbin Cornaline d’Egypte is a great new addition to the 1798 Ink line. It is a vibrant orange with great shading, and stunning silver shimmer. It may have a slower dry time, but the flow and general ink quality is hard to beat. Also, you get a beautiful glass bottle that, once empty, you can use for other inks or just as a beautiful paper weight. We are expecting to receive our shipment of J Herbin Cornaline d’Egypte in July. If you want to make sure you get the chance to buy this lovely ink, make sure you subscribe to our newsletter! Happy Writing from France!

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5 years ago

Gorgeous ink. J. Herbin does it again!!

5 years ago

I’m relatively new to fountain pens, but blue is my favorite color, and I’m interested in fast-drying inks for office use.

5 years ago


Geoffrey Dunn
5 years ago

I don’t normally use orange inks but this looks to be a rich colour that I’d love to try. Thanks for the opportunity to win a bottle!

5 years ago

Very expressive single-shade ink. Must be to validate the J.H price tag.

My favorite ink I have owned is Noodler’s burgundy. I would like if you reviewed more economical dark red and purple inks.

5 years ago

Honestly, from the swatch in the header image, I expected a lot more from this ink… kind of dissapointed. Perhaps it’ll be better in person.

5 years ago


5 years ago

Ooooh… I’ve been waiting for this ink! Thank you for the opportunity to win this bottle!

Pat Gosnell
5 years ago

Gorgeous! And I have just the pen for it…

sonny veneracion
5 years ago

i don’t think i have an orange in my ink arsenal. might get this started with this one.

Diane L
5 years ago

I can’t wait to try this in my orange pen! Looking forward to all the inks in this series.

5 years ago

One of my favorite “go to” inks is Noodler’s Bad Belted Kingfisher… and a newbie that I’ve really loved is KWZ’s Grapefruit! Talk about a bright pop off the page ink!

5 years ago

Looks like fun!

Ron Parish
5 years ago

I would still like to see this: pick an ink manufacturer, then choose a few of the top inks and write a review.

Joshua Elman
5 years ago

No sheen must mean that the ink is at least easier to clean because it’s less saturated. Or that it really just doesn’t sheen lol. Either way, I’ve not had a bad experience with J Herbin shimmer inks, so I doubt this one would be any different.

Brian C
5 years ago

anything with shading!

5 years ago

I think it’s be nice if you reviewed some of the new J Herbin non-shimmering inks, like Vert de Gris.

Amy R
5 years ago

I LOVE this line of inks…orange is inspired!

5 years ago

Lovely ink!

5 years ago

I would like to see reviews of Rohrer and Klinger inks.

Sarah Wishnevsky
5 years ago

I am DYING for this ink.

Rachel McNulty
5 years ago

This ink is really intriguing. I haven’t played with orange inks before so this is really neat. Love sheening inks!

Mark Junk
5 years ago

This ink looks so awesome!

5 years ago

I’m going to need this ink just to match my carnelian & silver rings, is that weird?

Teresa Fuhrmeister
5 years ago

I would love to try this ink out. Orange is one ofmy favorite colors.
I would like to see reviews on shading inks too.

Beth Fralix
5 years ago

I gorgous shimmery Orange!! The only thing better would be a purple & J.Herbin has already done that one!! I hope I’m blessed enough to win this one!! God Bless & Love You Bunches!!!

Dan Goldman
5 years ago

You should review tool pens. There are a number of multifunction pens that include rulers, screwdrivers, spirit levels, etc.

David Verbsky
5 years ago

my favorite all time ink is still iroshizuku kon peki.

Ged Alangui
5 years ago

I’d love to have this ink. Thank you for this chance.

Eric Aycock
5 years ago

My favorite ink right now is Pilot blue/black. I just bought a 350ml bottle.

Joshua Montanez`
5 years ago

Have to love a good orange ink! It would be nice to see a side by side of the other Oranges/reds (apache sunset, fuyu gaki, etc)

5 years ago

Looks like it could be pretty in the right design.

Athena PN
5 years ago

Fascinating color addition!

Rachel de la Fuente
5 years ago

This really looks like an awesome color.

5 years ago

This ink looks awesome!

Ethan Ball
5 years ago

This looks like a nice usable orange ink.

5 years ago

I’ve been eyeing JHerbin Vert de Gris but haven’t seen any reviews for it. Wondering how it compares to one of my favs, Hisoku

David Gleason
5 years ago

Great color for summer- and for annotation in the workplace.

5 years ago

I love their shimmer inks and they seem to have knocked it out of the park again. Can’t wait to try it.

Andrew Mulnix
5 years ago

Great review!

Samantha Crabtree
5 years ago

Another lovely J. Herbin color! My favorite ink cooor changes often, so instead I say what my favorite ink quality is – shading. Sheen and shimmer are great too and I love those qualities as well, but I would choose shading if I could only choose one.

Michael Simon
5 years ago

I am enjoying trying out the new Monteverde inks–there are so many! California Teal, Brown Sugar

5 years ago

I’m really looking forward to trying this ink!

Patrick Tinney
5 years ago

I only have a few orange inks but as for a favorite I torn between Monteverde Fireopal or Noodler’s Summer Tanager. Though I do feel bad not mentioning Nemosine’s Solar Storm or Noodler’s Dragon Napalm. Okay I’m a fickle inker.

5 years ago

Love it since it’s my favorite color

5 years ago

My favorite ink at present is definitely Colorverse Andromeda. Thanks for he giveaway!

Kasza Péter
5 years ago

This looks pretty good, thanks.

5 years ago

The ink of the summer! Looks stunning!

David Knapp
5 years ago

I’d like to see Monteverde FireOpal reviewed, as long as we’re doing orange inks.

5 years ago

This is gorgeous! Would like to see more reviews on J Herbin, their range is impressive