J. Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre: Ink Review

Hi inky friends! Madigan here, reviewing the newest J. Herbin 1670 ink, Caroube de Chypre.  Like most of the fountain pen world, I fell in love with last year’s J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor, so I was excited to see what their newest shimmering ink would be like. I’m a huge fan of these fountain pen inks that add a little something extra. If you’ve seen any of my Monday Matchup picks or my ink reviews, you know that that is the case.

I don’t know what it is about brown inks, but they are so unexpectedly pretty. I avoided brown in the crayon box like it was a monster as a child, but as an adult, brown fountain pen inks hold a special allure. Usually, they have a bit of shading and, while they stand out against the paper, the contrast isn’t as stark as with black or dark blue ink. J. Herbin Caroube de Chypre was no exception to the brown ink rule! It’s a deep, rich brown, with lovely shading. The gold glimmer and green sheen make it an exceptionally stunning ink. Read on to discover more!

J.Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre Brown fountain pen ink with gold shimmer

J. Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre brown fountain pen ink with gold shimmer

J. Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre brown fountain pen ink with gold shimmer

Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • Medium– When writing, it was dry in a little over 20 seconds. That’s pretty good! If you want to see more of that sweet shimmer, I suggest laying it on thickly which will extend your dry time, so keep that in mind. If you are using a fine or extra-fine nib though, it should be fine to use for quick notes or journal writing.

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • Medium– I thought this one would just dissipate, but I was pleasantly surprised! While it wouldn’t be good for rain storm or shower writing (that goes for any fountain pen ink, really), if you spilled a little water on it, it might still be legible. You can certainly still see the lines with the drip test.


  • High– With the swab test, you can see virtually no difference between the first and third swab. That being said, you will see a lot more gold glitter the more ink you put down. You might even see that pretty green sheen!

Ease of Cleaning:

  • Difficult– From experience, I can tell you that cleaning the feed of a fountain pen filled with shimmering ink can be difficult. You’ll want to take special care with this one. I recommend removing the nib and feed, cleaning between the two and taking a tooth brush to the fins. Certain fountain pens are especially finicky with these types of inks- I’ve heard from a few customers that TWSBI pens in particular are not fans. That being said, it worked great in the Lamy and the Ahab I had it inked up in.


  • Medium– I’m being conservative here with this rating, since it really depends on the paper you are using. On Rhodia, it is more of a medium, but on Tomoé River, you can really see the stunning shading. It’s spectacular!


  • Medium– It has good flow, without being overly juicy. Emerald of Chivor can be a bit wet, but this one was pretty standard, in a good way! You can use it in day to day writing without being worried about smearing.

Packaging and Aesthetics:

  • Gorgeous box with writing that matches the ink.
  • Beautiful square bottle with a wax seal to match!
  • The bottle has a small round opening, which could make it difficult to fill a fountain pen once you get to the very bottom 

Inks Similar in Color 

This is a truly exceptional ink! I put the “inks similar in color” section above, but I feel like it is misleading. There is nothing else like this on the fountain pen market at this time. While there are plenty of brown inks, and plenty of shimmering inks, there are no other brown shimmering inks. In addition to its uniqueness, it is really pleasant to write with. This particular shade of brown looks especially stunning on cream paper. I can see it being great for journal writing or correspondence.

You can find a 50ml bottle of J.Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre available for $26.00. You can try it out in a 2ml sample for $1.85. We also have the entire J.Herbin 1670 line available in sample sets and bottle package sets at GouletPens.com.

What do you think of Caroube de Chypre? Do you have any other shimmering inks?

Write on,

2017-10-11T14:37:52+00:00 July 20th, 2016|Ink Reviews|15 Comments
  • Tom Johnson

    Wow, a brown ink with a green sheen. I just found out recently that Diamine Oxblood has a bronze sheen on Tomoe River paper. Using a video in this ink review is great, you can really see the shimmer as you change the angle of the page, and I love seeing the wet ink flow onto the paper from your flex nib. This is a wonderful ink, I think it would be perfect for writing on special projects, like award certificates (I would use artists’ vellum for this). A wonderful ink. I have several shimmer inks, Rouge Hematite, Emerald of Chivor (my favorite), and Brandy Dazzle. I may have to get this one too. Great review Madigan, amazing photos too.

    • Hey Tom! I’m going to have a to take a look at Diamine Oxblood again. I didn’t know it had a sheen! Thanks for the tip. 🙂

    • Kathy

      It seems like all of the shimmering inks work better on Tomoe River paper….have to keep that in mind. This is a stunning ink on nearly any paper, though!

  • Pamela

    Very pretty! Just trying FPs again, so haven’t ventured into the shimmering ink categories yet, but I’m sure I will eventually:). Seeing this color reminded me of the ink I just bought: Private Reserve Black Cherry. Seems like a similar basic shade, though albeit without the shimmer and cool undertones😌.

    • Hi Pamela! I do love Private Reserve Black Cherry. In fact, it was one of my first ink reviews! This is as rich as Black Cherry, but definitely more of a brown than a burgundy. Check out some shimmering ink samples sometime! They are really fun to play with. 🙂

      • Pamela

        Hi, Madigan ~ thanks for the reply! It was probably your review I read, as there were references to the ink having some shading or inner colorations without having the issue of the glimmer particles. I kind of figured it must have a more red/burgundy than the ink featured here. That’s a great idea to try some shimmering inks as samples! I enjoy the Goulet Pen Co. very much:).

  • Julia Traver

    I am just a bit antsy to use these with a fountain pen. I may go the route of a goose quill or replaceable Copperplate nibs. They are all so gorgeous!

    • Hi Julia! I haven’t had any trouble with the shimmering inks in my fountain pens so far. That being said, I don’t ink my Lamy 2000 up with them! I pretty much stick to my Noodler’s Flex Pens to use these. As a bonus, flex pens really show off the shimmer. 🙂

  • Giovanni’s Roomba

    Not that anybody asked, but if you want a really luscious brown without any shimmer, Diamine Chocolate Brown is the way to go: it’s incredibly dark and rich.

    I don’t need any more brown inks (I must have half a dozen), but since I have all four of the previous Herbin shimmer inks (and the pre-shimmer Bleu Ocean into the bargain), I am obviously going to have to buy this. I mostly have extra-fine nibs but I rotate the shimmer inks through my one Lamy Safari with a 1.1 stub nib to get all the drama.

    I put one of the Herbin shimmers into my TWSBI Diamond 580 and it clogged almost immediately. I could not make it write no matter what I did. On the other hand, cheap Jinhao pens just lay down the shimmer like it’s no big thing. I feel there is a lesson in this.

    • Toni Hinton

      My experience is the opposite of yours, so truly, with shimmer inks YMMV. I have Emerald of Chivor in my TWSBI Eco medium nib and it has performed flawlessly for months. It has become my “signature ink”, and the Eco shows off the color and shimmer so well that other people are always remarking on it. On the other hand, I finally gave up on Rouge Hematite because I couldn’t get it to behave itself in any pen, including a couple of Jinhaos. It glopped and clumped something fierce and was nearly impossible to clean out. I almost passed on Emerald because of this but I’m so glad I didn’t!

      • Giovanni’s Roomba

        I actually think it was Rouge Hématite that glopped up the TWSBI, now you mention it. But I have an extra-fine nib in it so perhaps that’s just asking for trouble.

        Because I like to experiment, I mixed some Jacquard Pearlex shimmer powder into some ink (the powder was dark copper and I think the ink was Iroshizuku Asa-gao, because copper and blue go so well together) and put that into a Lamy Vista, and it wrote like a dream, just incredibly beautiful. And tonight I went to clean out the pen and the feed is packed FULL of copper particles (I can see them all because it’s a Vista and therefore transparent) and I don’t know how I’m going to get them out. I tried soaking it for a few hours and then forcing a whole lot of warm soapy water through it with an ear syringe: no dice. It might be in there for the long haul.

        • Moose

          It still takes a lot of soaking and rinsing, but it will go faster if you yank the nib out of that Vista. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPyKDtpREt4

          Personally, I only put Rouge Hematite in pens where I can easily pull the nib and feed out and toss them in the ultrasonic. Actually, I don’t use it at all because I got a jar of the second generation and felt like I was completely ripped off as it has NO gold in it, but that’s another story. When I was using it I learned quickly how to disassemble pens to get them clean.

          Emerald d’Chivor and the black with the sparkly (Can’t remember the name) both come clean much more easily than R Hematite, but pulling the nib still helps.

  • Hummingbird5

    Thank you, Madigan! Extremely helpful!

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