I have used J. Herbin's other fountain pen, and while it is a decent, affordable fountain pen, it is quite small and a bit cheap. The nib is also not the most amazing thing ever. I've had my eye on this Tempête (Tempest) for awhile because with so many other great things - sealing wax, seals, inks, blotters, and more, surely J. Herbin must make a better pen as well!
Body Material: Acrylic
Nib material: Steel + iridium
Filling system: Eyedropper (includes eyedropper)
Posts: Yes, friction
Length (capped): 153.2 mm/6.03"
Length (uncapped nib-end): 136.4 mm/5.37"
Length (posted): 172.0 mm/6.77"
Barrel Diameter: 7.9 - 12.5 mm/0.31" - 0.49"
Section Diameter:10.0 - 11.3 mm/0.39" - 0.44"
Weight (all): 24 g
Weight (cap): 8 g
Weight (body): 16 g
Price: $143.80 USD
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This Tempête fountain pen and ink gift set is beautifully presented in a slim, matte black box. The lid has the J. Herbin logo ship in a glossy black printed on it, along with "Depuis 1670". It's large but it has a very interesting look with the glossy black on the matte black. It's a rather sexy box.
I really like this Tempête. The shape appeals to me very much. It has a round cap and barrel, a long, torpedo-shaped end, and a slightly rounded conical finial. The finial is chrome, and is connected to the clip. The clip is probably my least favorite part of this pen - it is short, relative to the cap, unmarked, and has a rather dull shape. I guess it looks like a paddle or something, maybe? I don't care for it, anyhow.
The section is pretty short compared to the barrel, and is a solid red like the cap. It is round and smooth, tapering ever so slightly towards the nib and ending in a bit of a flared lip. This part is a bit messy - there are rough parts of plastic sticking out. It isn't terrible, but for the price of the package, I feel like it should look a bit better. At the back of the section, there is an O-ring that is smaller than the diameter of the section so there is a small gap between the section and the barrel threads. An O-ring that fills that gap properly would look better, although this is functional.
The barrel is unbranded, which keeps it clean for looking through and seeing all your ink. Whether you're looking at your ink or not, it shows off the large, clear ink reservoir well. The end of the barrel is a long, tapered, clear, polished acrylic piece. I love this effect, and ink looks great sloshing around in there. The clear block at the end, where ink does not reach, is sort of like a magical fountain pen crystal. Am I the only one who feels this way about these clear end bits?
There are other color versions of this pen, but I really like the bright, cherry red of the cap and section. The clear would be really awesome, no doubt. I like this pen. It's pretty, and the full size makes it look even better than the small J. Herbin fountain pen.
NIB & PERFORMANCE
The nib on this pen is fantastic. It is a large nib - I assume a #6? I haven't measured it, but it's definitely larger than J. Herbin's other fountain pen. It is a medium nib, with a single slit and a round breather hole. The center of the nib is engraved with the J. Herbin ship logo, and J. Herbin. One tine shoulder says Depuis, and the other says 1670. Who doesn't want a ship on their nib??
The clip, although I don't like how it looks, is great. It's nice, snug, slides on and off pockets, pouches, and papers really easily and smoothly. It's a very useful clip. The section has smooth threads and it is not slippery. I find the lip at the end sharp, and I grip low - over the bottom edge of the section, so that's a little bit bitey. I have to keep pulling my grip back, off the edge.
Unposted, the pen is a comfortable length, weight, and balance. The cap can be posted by friction. The cap is pretty long and it does sit deeply, but it still feels long, top heavy, and for my hands, unbalanced. Given the length, I think most people could use this comfortably in the unposted set up.
I received this pen free of charge for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion. There are no affiliate links in this review.