Ink review: J. Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre

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J. Herbin 1670 Caroube De Chypre

A special ink

There is something undeniably special about writing with ‘glitter inks’.  For me, fountain pen should feel special to write with, so having a good ink to write with to match your special pen is vital.  In terms of ‘special’, it doesn’t get much better than J. Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre.

Caroube de Chypre is a reddish brown ink that contains the 1670 lines signature gold flecks.

Caroube de Chypre

The 1670 line of J. Herbin inks were created to celebrate the life of the company’s founder, J. Herbin, a French sailor.  Caroube de Chypre is the fifth ink in the collection, with each ink embodying a different part of J. Herbin’s life and character.

Caroube de Chypre translates to Cyprus Carob. It is said that J. Herbin was fond of tried carob pods as a snack, and these were purchased in the port of Cyprus.  So a rather self-explanatory name.  Much like carob itself, this ink has a warm brown colour with a brilliant red undertone.

Experience and performance

Taking any 1670 ink out of the box is a moment to savour.  From the wax seals and gold ribbon to the beautiful shape of the glass.  This ink bottle ink bottle is truly one of my favourites to look at.

This romantic introduction is somewhat ruined by the comically small bottle opening.  This small opening creates an issue when filling from the bottle with larger pens, especially as you get deeper into the bottle.

Once you fill your pen, you will find that the performance of the ink is very respectable.  In finer nibs, the colour of the ink is quite light and it is very hard to get any gold sparkle.  Moving into broader and wetter nibs, this inks truly starts to shine (literally!).

Due to the gold sediment that settles in the pen, you do need to give the pen a light shake before writing if you want to get the full sparkle effect.  The ink is reasonably fast drying and isn’t too ‘over the top’, which makes it viable for more everyday use.

After writing many pages with Caroube de Chypre, I haven’t had any flow issues and haven’t had any problems with the gold particles clogging the feed.

Whilst the sheen isn’t amazing on this Rhodia paper, on both Maruman and Tomoe River, it is far more noticeable.There is also a small amount green sheen that comes up when using wetter pens.

There is also a small amount green sheen that comes up when using wetter pens. This is accentuated when looking at ink splatters more than anything else.  Finally, there is very little feathering and also very reasonable show through with Caroube de Chypre.


Like I said at the start, fountain pens should feel special. This is an ink that not only feels special but is a great performer, with just the right amount of gold to keep things interesting. I look forward to the next 1670 ink eagerly!

This ink was provided to us free of charge by This in no way influenced our views and we have purchased other 1670 inks with our own funds. 

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