Saturday, December 20, 2008
9 of the 10 J. Herbin inks pictured above were provided by Karen at Exaclair for testing. A few months back, (without my prior knowledge,) she sent me the bottle of Eclat De Saphir, (Previously reviewed here) and needless to say, I liked it so much that it's been loaded in one of my 10 pens ever since. (It's in the F Pelikan M200 right now)
Since I really liked the Eclat De Saphir, I decided to try another of the Herbin inks - the Poussiere De Lune, which I bought from The Pear Tree Pen Company. Bingo. Another one for the "yes" pile.
So now I'm two for two with the J Herbin inks, and I ask Karen if I can sample a few more. My wish list included the following:
Larmes De Cassis
and Karen included the Rouge Bourgone as an extra.
J Herbin, photo taken outside
A. Bleu Pervenche
B. Eclat De Saphir
C. Vert Olive
D. Vert Empire
E. Poussiere De Lune
F. Larmes De Cassis
G. Rose Cyclamen
H. Rouge Bourgogne
I. Rouge Caroubier
J. Orange Indien
Overjoyed with the ability to test all of these beautiful inks, I decided to do a quick swab test just to get an idea of what each one looked like. The paper is a pad of Dick Blick drawing paper.
Each color was swabbed 6 times, twice each of 1 stroke, 2 strokes and 3 strokes.
With this test and the images that follow, I ask that you keep an open mind with the fact that these might look different on your monitor, in your hand, in your pen, or if you swab them yourself.
Some of the swabs might have been inadvertently more saturated than another. Each of these inks will be pen tested at a later date.
We've got gray snow clouds in the sky today, and it frustrates me that I couldn't get better pictures. My scanner also seemed to have a bit of difficulty in accurately representing the colors of the ink. I did my best - hope it's at least a little bit helpful.
So here are the 10 inks, and my initial impressions of each:
A. Bleu Pervenche - a nice bright turquoise, unsure how saturated it will look in a pen.
B. Eclat De Saphir - a nice moderately warm saturated blue. Been using it for a while and I really like it.
C. Vert Olive - I totally dig this color. Love it's vibrancy.
D. Vert Empire - a bit disappointed with this one. It does not seem to be very saturated, and I don't care for the color. I'm not sure what I was expecting.
E. Poussiere De Lune - a moderately saturated grayish burgundy/aubergine that I have been using for a while and really like. Similar to Private Reserve's Burgundy Mist but I like this better.
F. Larmes De Cassis - unsure how I feel about this one. It's a very pretty shade, but it might not be dark enough for me.
G. Rose Cyclamen - this color is out of control. Reminds me of a shade of Wet & Wild $1 lipstick from Woolworth's in the 1980's. It seems to be moderately saturated. I'm unsure about it as I don't typically use inks this bright, but it's a very pretty color and I'm more than willing to give it a chance.
H. Rouge Bourgogne - this is the one that Karen snuck in and you know what? I really, really like it a LOT. It's probably going to be one of the first of this new batch that are loaded into a pen.
I. Rouge Caroubier - it's just ok. Seems to be very, very thin. I wanted it to be brighter/darker.
J. Orange Indien - not what I expected at all. It's like a orange/brownish rust color. Will be interesting to see how it pen tests.
** When I say "moderately saturated" I'm kind of doing a mental comparison of how very saturated Private Reserve's inks are.
J Herbin inks, scanned.
With the exception of the Vert Empire, I'm really excited to try all of these inks. I think the first two to get loaded will be the Vert Olive and the Rouge Bourgogne.
Buy J Herbin inks online in the US:
The Ink Flow
The Pear Tree Pen Company
Online in the UK:
The Writing Desk