J. Herbin Ambre de Birmanie02/17/2009
Ambre de Birmanie from J. Herbin is a very yellow orange ink but with a soft, watercolor-like appearance. Think of a sun bleached field of marigolds or Burmese amber for which this ink is named. This is not a saturated ink but a clear color with great appeal.
Ambre is free-flowing but not exceptionally lubricating so it dries fairly well for a thin ink. Shading and outlining are good making it great for wide nibs that best reveal those characteristics. My Lamy Joy with a 1.1mm calligraphy nib is just right for it. Another option would be to use it in a very fine nib for margin writing or any application where a second ink color should dominate. Ambre de Birmanie will recede and allow the main color to stand out.
The pale tone is best contrasted against white paper but gets a little lost on dark cream colors. On gray or green it gets muddy and less appealing.
Another benefit to the pale tone is that even on the thinnest paper, there is little if any show through and absolutely no bleed through. Stretching your paper dollars? There’s an economy of use to Ambre de Birmanie since the back of nearly any paper will be useful. Write to your heart’s content, fellow inkophile.