[Finished] Xezo Architect / J. Herbin Caroube de Chypre Giveaway

For the first giveaway of 2017, we have a trio of prices.

First, thanks to the good folks at Xezo, we are giving away this lovely Architect Azure Blue FM fountain pen. Featuring a lovely octagonal design highlighted with a guilloche base and a rich, Mediterranean blue lacquer finish, this limited edition pen features a smooth, steel medium nib, and comes with a converter.

Next, thanks to the wonderful folks at Execlair, the US distributor for J. Herbin, Rhodia, Clairfontaine, and several other fine stationery brands, we have a full, unopened bottle of J. Herbin’s 1670 ink, Caroube de Chypre. This lovely chocolate brown ink is loaded with gold shimmering particles.

Finally, we’ll be including an Inky Fingers notebook variety pack in either Pocket Notebook or Traveler’s Notebook size.

As a reminder about Pen Habit Giveaways through Rafflecopter:

  • You only have do one of the types of entry listed below, not all of them.
  • Each entry type (follows, emails, newsletter signups, etc) counts as 1 additional “ticket.”
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  • Due to the volume of entries I get, I am unable to verify that entries worked or “went through” properly ahead of time.

And now for the Terms & Conditions:

Terms & Conditions: The prizes for this giveaway was provided free of charge by Xezo USA, Exaclair, and Inky Fingers LLC. Giveaway ends January 29, 2017 at 11:59 PM PDT. Winners will be selected at random by Rafflecopter.com and verified by The Pen Habit. Winner will have 72 hours to respond before prize is forfeited and a new winner is selected. Inky Fingers LLC will be responsible for shipping all prizes to the winner. Neither Xezo USA, Exaclair, nor The Pen Habit/Inky Fingers LLC will be responsible for prizes that are not received by user. No purchase necessary to enter. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to The Pen Habit only. I do not share or sell personal information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner unless otherwise specified.


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  • Michael Davis

    Oh, she will be mine! Thanks so such a great giveaway!

  • Carolyn

    If you could use only one ink for the rest of your life, what would it be? Easy! Sailor Yama Dori. Others have come close to temporarily replacing Yama Dori as king, but I always come back to it.

    • farmkiti

      I have a sample; you’ve convinced me to try it and I’ll report back. If I can remember. Love teal!

  • mberker

    thank you very much for the review 🙂

  • Ben Luo

    One ink, hmm. It would have to be Pelikan 4001 Blue-Black for me. Nothing flashy, but dependable.

  • David Coldwell

    love the site

  • Jumper

    Robert Oster Bondi Blue

  • Jeff Adams

    Boringly, I think it would have to be Sailor Blue-Black. Need it for all purpose use!

  • Witty Walnut

    Oxford Blue! 😀

    • Pilgrim

      That was my 2nd choice–awesome ink! Never get tired of it!

      • Witty Walnut

        Blue is not my favorite ink color. Frankly, I think it’s boring. But with the limited choice of just one ink I needed to pick a good everyday ink that I could use for every occasion. Oxford Blue is for sure one of the nicer blues out there! I like that it’s well saturated and sheens quite a bit! Even I as a non-blue person enjoy writing with it. 🙂

  • Justin DeGuzman Maramba

    One ink my entire life? KWZ IG Violet # 2. Need to have that purple.

  • Chan Wee How

    Sailor Sei Boku, like the flow and properties of the ink. Absolutely like the water resistant properties and the ability to use on almost all paper

  • Allen Van Camp

    I’m going through a bottle of it now…Akkerman 03 Blauw

  • Diamine Cerise. Yes, I am a fan of pink ink.

  • Laura Evans

    The ink I would use for rest of my life would be Iroshizuku Kon Peki – just the best blue with epic shading. Sweet giveaway Matt! Thanks from Blighty :)! X

  • Ciaran Myers

    Diamine Oxford Blue

  • Jani Pitkänen

    Diamine Ancient Copper would be my choice.

  • Joe

    If I could only use one ink for the rest of my life it would be Montblanc British racing green. As it’s discontinued and REALLY expensive, I’ll either need a budget of $100+ per oz. or have to substitute Noodler’s Zhivago which is the closest match I’ve found.

  • Dieandra

    Chesterfield Ancient Mariner would be my pick, but what a sad existence using only one color would be.

  • Marek K.

    One ink, that’s a bit difficult, as I am trying a few new ones recently… But for now, nothing beats Franklin-Christoph Terra Firma, it is so fascinating.

    Fantastic giveaway – thank you, Matt.

    • Yazminda Merida

      Looks like another great giveaway

  • Nathan Weston

    Diamine Majestic blue for me!

  • rmonster

    Only one ink? I would actually pick an ink that I don’t own: the Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki. The blue is gorgeous and I suspect from experience of other Pilot inks that it’s really well behaved with a variety of writing instruments and papers.

  • Rob

    Pilot Blue-Black. Rather boring but exceptionally well behaved with excellent water resistance.

  • If you could use only one ink for the rest of your life, what would it be?

    I think I’d have to settle on Montblanc Irish Green. It’s well behaved, shades really nicely, and I love the range of tones.

  • Karak

    I’m very new to the fountain pen hobby, so I have limited experience with inks, but so far I’d say that I’d use Noodler’s Apache Sunset for the rest of my life. I just find it fascinating.

  • Erin

    I would use J Herbin Eclat de Saphir, it is professional enough to use for work but also a lovely shade of blue leaning towards purple that I can use for fun.

  • AbdElRhman Zagloul

    I would use the pelikan royal blue. lovely ink.

  • Tough one! I’ll be boring and say Kon-Peki – maybe a bit overused, but it’s so reliable 😀

  • Mateusz Kraszewski

    one ink? there are soooo many but i would settle for iroshizuku shin-kai. it’s work appropriate but the sheen never gets boring!

  • Jacob

    Thanks for the giveaway! I would use Diamine Asa Blue forever.

  • Mark Peacock

    If you could use only one ink for the rest of your life, what would it be? Iroshizuku Shin-Kai. I don’t know why; I’m not a big blue-grey/slate blue fan, but I really like this ink in my Faber-Castel eMotion

  • Jonathan Tsang

    For just one ink, I’d be using Sailor Jentle Miruai.

  • Andrew Coon

    Delamere green, diamine

  • Ramiro LS

    If I could use only one ink for the rest of my life I would stick with Pilot Blue, because it is a wildcard of sorts. But it would be a sad, boring life 🙁

  • Kenneth Clayton

    If I could use only one ink it would be Sailor Yama Dori. I got my first bottle for Christmas and have been using every day so far.

  • Brando

    another great giveaway! one ink… Akkerman Shocking Blue.

  • Achim

    If I had to use one ink for the rest of my life, id had to be blue or black. I really don’t like black ink, can’t stand it, so it had to be a blue I could use for some business as well.
    So it would be Pelikan Edelstein Sapphire.

  • Graham Spiers

    I have to say Noodler’s Heart of Darkness but I want to say Montblanc Emerald Green.

    • Graham Spiers

      Oops! Irish Green – not Emerald.

  • karen

    One? A sepia. If Whaleman’s sepia were better behaved, I’d take that; since it’s not, R&K’s sepia will do.

  • Karen Griffiths

    One ink for the rest of my life ? That’s bloody difficult!! De Atramentis Aubergine I think…..

  • Scott Yep

    One ink for the rest of my life; I would like to go wild with something from J. Herbin’s 1670 series but I would get sick of it fast so I’m going to stick with a great ol’ standard ink and say Montblanc Permanent Blue

  • Alex

    Hmm, I think it would be Sailor Jentle Miruai. Suitable for all situations (e.g. boring enough for work), and still it has something special to it.

  • Dan Wilkens

    Interesting pen design. Wonder who makes the nib/feed units?

  • 1670 Bleu Ocean would be mine.

  • Jane Eyre

    For me it would be Autumn Oak by Diamine think. Great giveaway Matt, thanks 😊

  • Rodja

    Waterman’s Mysterious Blue

  • Nathan Ryan

    Callifolio Andrinople

  • Ted

    one ink? Aurora Black

  • Pilgrim

    If I could only use one ink, it would be Pilot Iro Kon-Peki! The best blue around! 🙂
    Thanks Matt!

  • Calle Lindström

    Only one ink. Hmm maybe Diamine Amazing Amethyst or Diamine Emerald?

  • Christian Haitz

    I would have to go with Lamy Black. A nice, dependable, no frills ink. Perfect for everyday use!

  • Dave Brews

    I think it would be Diamine Ancient Copper. Nice review and thanks to everyone involved in this giveaway!

  • Stefan

    One ink would have to be Diamine Oxblood. Pretty good price for a great colour with a bad-ass name.

  • Chuck G

    J Herbin Poissure de Lune. Dark with good shading. Well behaved and usable for work. I always have it inked in something!

    • Chuck G

      Whoops! Thats “Poussiere”. Autocorrect had a field day with it.

  • If I could only use one ink for the rest of my life… oh wow, you’re evil… Bung Box June Bride

  • chuan chuan

    The ink that I will only use for the rest of my life would definitely be Pilot Blue-Black ink!

  • Alejandro Larrea

    I would use Noodler’s x feather, as I almost never have good paper and I hate to see feathering.

  • Smithman

    Noodler’s 54th Massachusetts

  • Ricky Rodriguez

    For right now it would have to be Waterman Serenity Blue. I’m still looking for the perfect blue and the search continues.

  • Derik Ling Yii Zhan

    Emerald of Chivor

  • Aaron B

    iroshizuku asa gao

  • Chris M

    I would use Iroshizuku Kon-Peki!

  • DexterL

    I’d choose Sailor Miruai

  • deanyeh

    Black.. Sailor

  • Indira

    I would use Noodler’s Turquoise.

  • Senthil Sukumar

    If I had to use one ink for the rest of my life it would be Montblanc Irish Green. Favorite color and shades well!

  • Brandon Ludwick

    Sailor Yama-Dori!

  • John-Christopher Reilley

    If I could use only one ink, I’d have to go with Private Reserve DC Supershow blue, the right intensity for me with only half the danger of Liberty’s Elysium!

  • Joshua Lo

    I don’t have much experience with inks to give a definitive answer, but I would not feel bad if I only had to use Montblanc Royal Blue for the rest of my life.

  • Viko

    One ink that i’d use for my entire writting experience will definetely be J. Herbin Pussieere De Lune. That purple shade is godly

  • Angel

    If I could use only one ink, it would probably be Sailor Yama dori!

  • Some kind of purple ink (there’s so many to choose from!), but then I’ve just ordered some Robert Oster Fire & Ice, so who knows 🙂

  • Dragan Jančić

    Probably, Pelikan Edelstein tanzanite, one of the best blue-black colors, and excellent quality.

  • Matt McNichol

    I’m a big fan of green inks, so if I had to use only one ink for the rest of my life, I think I would have to go with Diamine Sherwood Green.

  • Howling Fantods

    Tough, but I’d go with J Herbin Lie de The!

  • Tiago Jun Nakamura

    As a blue lover, if I had to choose only one Ink I’d probably use Parker Quink Blue Black. It fades over time, but I think this make the ink all more special to me.

  • Jack Clayton


  • Kristof Robert Nelson

    Jumping on the Ancient Copper train. Whenever I use it I can’t stop staring, and I would happily use it for all eternity.

  • Kaiser Venzon

    For me it will be Lamy’s Dark Lilac. One is because it is the favorite color of my great grand aunt.

  • David Knapp

    This looks like a sweet pen…and the ink is very special too; I can’t wait to try them out together!

  • David Knapp

    If I could only use one ink for the rest of my life? Tough choice…there are so many good ones out there! Right now, though, I’d have to lean towards Diamine Majestic Blue…yes, it’s “just a blue ink,” but that sheen! Close second (if only it were easier to clean!) would be J. Herbin 1670 Emerald of Chivor.

  • I would have to go with Franklin-Christoph Tenebris Purpuratum.

  • Looks like a wonderful pen. It’ll make a superb addition to my collection, though I may need to consider purchasing an additional pen pouch or something >_>

  • Nick

    Tough question. I’ve tried about 60 ink samples in the last couple of months, but the only one that made me instantly put an order in for a bottle was Sailor Jentle Doyou

  • yaakov tolwin

    I think my choice would be waterman absolute brown. I bought it on a whim, and found it to be quite beautiful.

  • Neutral

    If I could use only one ink for the rest of my life it would be Diamine 150th anniversary Blue Velvet

  • gadgetfanboy

    Easy for me. Yama Dori. (hmm, or is Pilot Blue Black the one…)

  • borista

    I like to win both

  • Andrei Radu Dobre

    that one ink would be Iroshizuku Kon-peki. thank you! 🙂

  • Andrei Radu Dobre

    that one ink would be Iroshizuku Kon-peki. thank you 🙂

  • Mike West

    I would love to have this XEZO ARCHITECT / J. HERBIN CAROUBE DE CHYPRE fountain pen in my meager but growing collection. What a beautiful textured blue pen. Thanks for making this available!

  • Corelliz

    I’d choose Robert Ostler Aqua

  • Giovanni Gasco

    KWZ Azure #5 , it’s the nicest blue in my collection and I love it!

  • There are a LOT of people who are posting comments to enter without answering the question. Y’ain’t gonna win the prize that way!

  • Cosima Kafka

    Tough choice, but I would probably go with Pilot iroshizuku Kon-peki.

  • Eric Johnson

    Oooof. One ink, eh?. Either Diamine Claret, or Iroshizuku Tsutsuji. I love those really bright inks.

  • N S

    Hey Matt. Thanks for all the consistent content! I’ve been really busy the last few months, and watching your videos and even some older “currently inked” videos has become a relaxing routine for me. Would love a chance at the pen 🙂

  • Bryangb

    The one ink I would use for the rest of my life? Hands down, good old Noodler’s X-Feather. I love that ink.

  • Jim

    Iroshizuku Asa-gao, definitely!

  • Erie Quintanilla

    Iroshizuku shin kai

  • Kate

    Noodlers Air Corp Blue Black. It is conservative enough for any kind of writing but has a wonderful interesting color that makes me smile.

  • Sze Wai

    Thanks for this! Mine would be Maruzen Athena Eternal Blue! Nice blue with a very clear sheen. =)

  • David

    JUST ONE?!?!?! Well, OK, if I had just one, perhaps Diamine Prussian Blue. I love me some gray-blue!

  • Sean Hagerty

    I’d probably use Noodler’s 54th Mass! Love the color and the name!

  • Angel A.

    Thank you for such a great opportunity!

  • Angel A.

    So far I’m stuck between Diamine 1864 Blue Black or Franklin Christoph Noir et Bleu!

  • MarlaBee

    I love the copper-oranges! Diamine Ancient Copper is my fave!

  • Tanya Thamkruphat

    I’d use Noodler’s Ink.

  • Logan Scheiwe

    I’d use Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine. I love the look of the bottle and the color of the ink.

  • Pavel C

    I would use Iroshizuku Kon Peki

  • This is nearly impossible to answer…. Maybe Sailor Tokiwa-Matsu?

  • ec

    It’s hard to decide between Iroshizuku Kon-peki and Private Reserve DC Supershow Blue. I probably use Kon-peki a little more often, so I’ll go with Kon-peki.
    Thanks for all you do for the fountain pen world!

  • David Heimsatz Loyola

    If you could use only one ink for the rest of your life, what would it be? Diamine Sargasso Sea. It is my absolute favorite ink!

  • Julio Raúl Mazariegos

    Parker Quink because it’s the only one I can find where I live. So sad. Btw I live in Guatemala

  • Alan Daniel

    Noodler’s Dragon’s Napalm. Great for grading. That red really lets them know when they messed up.

  • PS

    I am REALLY into Robert Oster’s Astorquiza Rot these days. But I suppose Pilot Blue-Black is my go-to (super dependable) ink, so I’d probably pick that.

  • Bruce Rogie

    One ink … tough choice but in the end it would be Sailor Blue Black

  • kenneth noh

    The one ink I would use for the rest of my life would be Noodler’s Black. I would use it with writing, drawing, and watercolor.

  • kenneth noh

    Could you make it possible to edit entries? I sometimes hit return by mistake before I finish and disqualify myself…

  • Gordon

    If I could only use one ink for the rest of my life I’d be a very unhappy camper… but I’d probably plump for Visconti Blue!

  • Jessica Tate

    My one ink for the rest of my life, since I really love a brown I would go for KWZ standard Brown #2. It has great shading and a nice red undertone.

  • Dick Davies

    Lovely pen. One ink? Chesterfield Antique Yankee.

  • Raul

    This pen really reminds me the very first pen that I had with 11 years, it was a different color but similar style. since I am now 40, we could call it a classic…:)

  • Raul

    Diamine sapphire blue seems like a perfect ink for this pen…That would my ink

  • Taylor

    If I could only use one ink for the rest of my life, it would have to be Sailor Yama Dori. It’s professional yet still has some eccentric qualities. Also, blue is my favorite color.

  • kandm25

    Only one???MB Irish Green, of course… what a difficult question, and I felt it needed to be a currently inked color IMHO.

  • Jose

    Lovely pen

  • Kellen Barnett

    Noodler’s 54th Massachusetts would be my go to ink.

  • Gerald Coates

    KWZ ink had an ink of the year at the Toronto Pen Show last year. It was called Midnight Serenity. That would be my choice.

  • Daven Savla

    My ink would be Iroshizuku Kon Peki. Blue enough for work, shading and sheen enough for everything else.

  • Justin Jones

    If I could only use one ink the rest of my life? Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-peki would be the one for me! Thank you for such a great giveaway and all of your online content you produce!

  • woo jae jang

    hmm. only thing i’ve used extensivly is parker standard ink so.. i guess that?

  • Adam Baron

    This is an impossible question, but if I had to choose one, it would be Diamine Oxford Blue. It’s dark and saturated, but interesting and pretty at the same time. Thanks!

  • Brian Rose

    Thanks for the high quality reviews and giveaways! Very hard to pick one ink (judging from your shelves, I may not be alone); it would be between Diamine Sherwood Green and Iroshizuku Kon-Peki. I guess I’d go with Kon-Peki.

  • A Classy Broad

    Diamond Shimmertastic Enchanted Ocean. That’s my answer this week and I’m sticking to it.

  • Sandipan Talukdar

    Nice review …..as always…

  • BadassMcKill

    I think if I had to use only one ink it’d be Sailor Souten

  • Jacob Vincent

    My one ink would be J. Herbin Perle Noir. I am relatively new to using bottled inks and have experience with few. Although black is boring, it is a very functional choice. I’m sure my decision will change with time.

  • Caleb Abraham

    Pilot kon peki for life

  • Amy Smith

    Only one ink? I’m new and still in the discovering stage, but right now I love J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor so much I’d probably choose that. Not the most practical, but so pretty!

  • Omar

    Diamine Eau De Nil

  • Manuel Puente

    Only 1… 54th Massachusetts?

  • Colors_and_beads

    One ink? When I started again to write with fountain pens (after dropping my pen 20 years ago and ruining the nib), I thought one ink would be enough, and I got a bottle of Diamine Amazing Amethyst. But now, I’m slowly going through my stock of samples, and my favorite so far is Noodler’s Lexington Grey. Of course, I’m using 2 samples per month, so I’m far from being done with the samples…

    • Colors_and_beads

      and of course, back then, I had only one pen (a Waterman), after throwing away the previous pens that I didn’t like as much as that one. How stupid was that?

  • SirSigma

    If I could only use one ink for the rest of my life? It would be a real toss-up between Sailor Jentle Souten and Sailor Jentle Oku Yama. Might go with Souten by just a hair because it’s a blue ink, although both behave very well.

  • David Banks

    Graf Von Faber Castell Moss Green, I guess. I haven’t tried many inks to be honest. It’d be nice to try the Caroube de Chypre!

  • Dylan Thompson

    The one ink that I would be able to use for the rest of my life would have to be Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Budo.

  • Randy R

    What’s my favorite color? Blue. No! Yel…. arrrrrrrrghhh. Oops. Sorry, wrong question.

    One ink for life? Man, I hate this kind of question. Thanks a lot, Matt!

    Today, it would be Noodler’s Bad Belted Kingfisher. It’s a reasonably nice dark blue, permanent, “bulletproof,” fairly well behaved and works in almost every situation, but please don’t make me give up all the others!!!

    Btw: I have NOT YET tried J. Herbin’s Caroube de Chypre so it didn’t make the list. I might have to revise this again after I win. However, if I don’t win –> here’s a preliminary congratulations to the lucky person who does!! Good luck to all!

  • Larry

    Private Reserve Tanzanite

  • Zhe Zeng

    The ink hmmm… definately the Iroshizuku Chiku Rin <3

  • David Cariker

    One ink? Bungubox First Love Sapphire for sure!

  • Gregor McIntyre

    One ink? Bad Belted Kingfisher is beautiful coming out of my flex pen. It gets the vote from me.

  • Plainscrafter

    Thanks for the giveaway. I would probably use Rohrer & Klinger Leipziger Schwarz. It’s not my favorite color, but I have sentimental connections with Leipzig that bring me little bits of joy when I use it

  • James Barney

    I’ve only used three inks so far, as I’m new to fountain pens, but of the three, I’ll liked the omas red the best.

  • Anastasia

    Just one ink for the rest of my life? well, here I was , thinking that the fun of having a fountain pen is trying out different inks. But, I’d have to chose Diamine Blue Velvet.

  • Jos Craw

    I would probably use Pelikan Edelstein ink of the year Aquamarine

  • David Street

    One ink… currently I’d be using Sailor Yama-Dori for the rest of my life.

  • Stanley Tzeng

    Sailor Nano Seiboku – My favorite blue black (with BungBox 4B coming in as a close second).

  • Mukund Sundararajan

    Has to be Quink Blue; not the flashiest I know but always works

  • Cedric

    Hmm, if I had to choose only one ink to write with for the rest of my life, I would go for Diamine’s Eau de Nil. It’s great for everyday writing since it’s not hard on the eyes and the shading/subtle colour shifts are just amazing.

  • Anabelle Sophie Hiller

    Only one ink for the rest of my life. If in that scenria i’d have a free supply of that ink: iroshizuku tsuki-yo.
    If I don’t: akkerman #5 shocking blue

  • Ryan D

    Only one ink for the rest of my life, huh? I have to say that it would be KWZI Brown Purple.

  • Rich

    I could only use one ink the rest my life (gasp), it would be montblanc irish green.

  • Johanna

    Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-budo, love this ink but it’s sooo exspensive

  • Ryan H

    Noodlers Black Swan Australian Roses.

  • As my one and only ink? I’d have to go with my first-ever fountain pen ink: Diamine Umber. It isn’t flashy, but it has a special place in my heart.

  • snc

    Rohrer&Klingner Verdigris. Yes, it doesn’t have sheen like my beloved Sailor inks, but it’s my favorite everyday ink.

  • kelvin

    Mine would be Diamine Sargasso sea

  • kelvin

    Diamine Sargasso Sea

  • Joshua klupt

    I would use pilot iroshizuku amo iro

  • Joshua klupt

    I would use pilot iroshizuku amo iro for the rest of my life

  • Bryce Douglas

    OMG THIS IS SUCH AN AMAZING GIVEAWAY!!!! I HOPE I WIN!!!! And my end-all-be-all ink is definitely Noodler’s Kung Te-Cheng

  • N S

    It would be Pilot Blue-Black – such a great color, but has water resistant properties as well (and with only one ink I would want it to have some protection against minor spills and incidents).

  • Jake D

    My one ink would be Sherwood Green from Fahrney’s Pens, my local pen store. It’s actually pretty versatile, and it has nice shading. Good luck to all with the giveaway!

  • Spencer Bobbett

    I would use iroshizuku yama-budo forever if I had to pick one. Such a beautiful magenta with the nicest hint of a sheen

  • Alan Pareis

    The only one ink: Graf von Faber Castell Moss Green. Been using it for 2 months, dark enough for formal use everyday, semi permanent so it doesn’t run if you sneeze on it. Works great in my J. Mottashaw Spencerian modified Namiki Falcon, and ex PenHabit review pen, green marbled Delta Vintage you sold to my daughters in time for them to gift me at Christmas. Great pen, thanks,

  • Randy R

    Congratulations to Ricky R!! Enjoy!

    Thanks, again, Matt. Fun.