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Ink Battle: Birmingham and J. Herbin

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No matter how much I try to sample or test an ink before buying it, sometimes that isn’t possible. Because of this, I have some inks that are incredibly similar in color. That’s where “ink battles” come in.

You can assume I have no problems with any ink that appears in an ink battle. I may decide, when using the inks side-by-side, that one performs better, but the point of the battle is to choose a favorite color. I use a pair of similar inks in pens with the same nib, then test them out to see which I like better.

Or, I may find out that, when used with the same nib, they’re sufficiently different to keep them both. Depending on how these “battles” turn out, I may tag some of the posts as ink dupes as well. You can find all of the ink battles posts on the tag page.

This ink battle is between Birmingham Pen Co Americus’s Oyster Bar Salmon Hors d’Oeuvre and J. Herbin Corail des Tropiques. To keep it simple, I’ll be referring to them as the BPC and Herbin inks. Both are in pens with unaltered Jowo #6 M nibs. The paper is a Rhodia Goalbook with white paper.

These two aren’t similar enough to be considered dupes. The BPC ink is just slightly more muted than the Herbin ink.

Comparing J. Herbin Corail des Tropiques and Birmingham Pen Co Salmon Hors d'oeuvres by writing pangrams on adjacent lines.

With how much I’ve been enjoying muted inks recently, you’d be forgiven for thinking I’d keep the BPC ink. However, There’s just something I love about the Herbin ink, so that’s the one I’m keeping.

What do you think? Do you agree with my choice of which to keep? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.

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