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J. Herbin Terre de Feu

J. Herbin’s Terre de Feu is a lovely colour and a great ink to write with. I was initially put off because I was expecting more of a brownish red rather than a reddish brown but once I got used to the colour I was in love. Earlier this month I reviewed my beloved Waterman Havana and Terre de Feu might challenge for the title. Terre de Feu is slightly redder and less saturated but offers more shading and slightly better flow.

This ink like many of the J. Herbin inks I have had the pleasure to try is a very well behaved ink and is a pleasure to write with. I would recommend this ink especially if you do not have access to Havana.

I think these two inks are due for a head to head battle, stay tuned…


J. Herbin Terre De Feu

J. Herbin Test

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Waterman Havana

I remember opening a letter form a pen pal and being really intrigued by the colour he used, so I immediately looked for a note on the page telling me what the colour was and I discovered it was Waterman Havana. This is one of my favourite aspects of pen palling but I will save that for another time.

I have had this ink in one pen or the other since buying it and it is a really solid ink. The reddish, brown earthy tone is very pleasing and it flows nicely even in my pickiest pen (Baoer 517). The ink is good when being laid down by a fine nib but excels when being with a Medium or broader. The wider nibs bring out some nice shading and colour.

I would definitely recommend grabbing a bottle of Havana if you have any interest in browns.


Waterman Havana

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