Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Better check your Éclat...

It's come to my attention that there may be a bad batch of J. Herbin Éclat de Saphir out there. There have been reports of sludge in the 30ml bottles of this ink for bottles sold approximately in the last 2 months. I've gotten word from Exaclair that they are dealing with this issue as we speak from the manufacturer.

I haven't heard of any faulty 100ml bottles, the only issues reported so far are with 30ml bottles. I also haven't heard or seen any problems with any other J. Herbin colors, only Éclat. For this reason I am voluntarily pulling all of my Éclat 30ml bottles off GouletPens.com until I get further communication from Exaclair about what has happened. I promise to keep you up to date as I learn more. Until I get more answers though, I would recommend that if you notice any sludge at all using any 30ml Éclat you've purchased from any retailer in the last 2 months, stop using it and hold onto it until further notice. If you purchased a 30ml Êclat from me, set it aside, and shoot me an email.

I'm not an official spokesperson or anything for J. Herbin or Exaclair, I just want to keep you all informed about what's going on as I find out. I know we're all blindsided by this whole event, and the folks at Exaclair are going to work aggressively (as they always do!) to get to the bottom of this Éclat issue.


  1. This is scarier than the egg recall...

  2. I don't know how 'widespread' this problem really is, I've only heard a couple of instances over the probably thousands of bottles sold in the last few months. This is more of a precautionary measure.

  3. Il y a un accent aigu (é) dans “éclat”, pas un circonflexe (ê). Desolé, mais je suis très obsessionnel.

  4. So, maybe a silly question, but exactly how can we check? It is a dark ink in what I think is a dark bottle (?) and the light does not shine through it. I opened it and looked in and don't see anything floating around. Nor have I had any issues with it, although I bought here from Brian maybe 6 months ago (?).

  5. Sam, sorry about that, I made corrections!

    jjdeal, if you have a bad bottle, you'll know. There will literally be sludge/slim in the bottle, enough so when you stick your pen in, it'll be a droopy booger-type thing hanging off the end of your nib! I'd suggest swirling a toothpick or something like that in the ink and see if you have any boogers in there, if not, you're okay.

  6. OK, I think we're clear. I don't see any evidence of that. It's still a BEAUTIFUL ink :))))

  7. >> "This is scarier than the egg recall... "

    LOL!!! ;-)


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