Saturday, January 17, 2009

Review: J. Herbin Orange Indien Fountain Pen Ink

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From the J Herbin website:

"J. Herbin is the oldest name in pen inks in the world. M. Herbin created “The Jewel of Inks” in his shop on the Rue des Fosses Saint-Germain in Paris in 1700."

"Each bottle of 30 ml has an integrated pen rest. They are known as “D bottle pen inks. The “D” refers to the old French unit of measure “la Demi Courtine”.

* 30 beautiful colors!
* Non toxic and pH neutral
* Lightfast
* Water based
* Flows smoothly and is fast drying
* All natural dyes

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Ink on a windowsill

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Mandala doodle in a plain Pen & Ink Sketchbook. The quote, "Simply existing is not enough. Movement and action is imperative to living life to it's fullest." is mine. Misspelling and all.

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Orange Indien in a Canteo journal, (on left) and a Clairefontaine Basics journal. (on right) Photos were taken today, in full sun. This was the best I was able to do given the time of year and angle of the sun. All examples were written & doodled with a Sailor Sapporo fountain pen, medium nib. This side by side example gives you an idea of how the ink looks on cream colored paper versus bright white.

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The Canteo absorbes more ink on the page, (spreading) and makes the lines wider than normal. Canteo paper shows some bleeding & feathering with this ink, which I see as being close to the color of rust. It's brighter on the cream paper, but it's not an "in your face" pumkin orange.

It's a typical free-flowing Herbin ink, not highly saturated, lots of shading with this color. I do seem to think that this particular color was a bit more free-flowing that the other 9 Herbin inks I've tested so far. It could just be because it's in a medium nibbed pen that tends to write pretty wet to begin with.

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Clairefontaine paper generally shows the correct nib width. I think this ink looks good on either the cream, or the bright white paper. It is a color that I could use in a daily writer, or for doodling.

Herbin inks run $8.75 per 30ml bottle at Pear Tree Pens

See a good article on Pentrace where I think they did a great job demonstrating the Herbin colors.


Speedmaster said...

Ooooh. Never saw the orange before, looks good!

Laura K. Curtis said...

I adore Herbin inks. The lack of saturation is probably the only negative thing about them, but since I use fine nibbed pens I like an ink that's free flowing.

Biffybeans said...

Chris - it's a pretty cool color!

Laura - the most saturated Herbin inks I've found so far are probably the Poussiere de Lune, the Rose Cyslamen and maybe the Eclat de Saphir.

Have you ever tried Sailor inks? Super smooth - turns every pen into a better writer.

Mystic Sight said...

Love this ink!

Anonymous said...

I dig J. Herbin inks, and this one looks especially nice. Orange Indien seems to strike a nice balance between "practical" and "expressive individuality." Too bad my Sailor "Professional Gear" pen was stolen recently. Thanks for showing us what it looks like on paper.

Michael said...

Very nice, thanks for the cute doodling (can I call it that without causing any offence :p) as it does bring out the orange.

BTW, I live in Sri Lanka, an island south of India; we have, as I last recall, only 3 km of sea between us. Am putting this on my shopping list.


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