Thursday, January 8, 2009

Review: J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune ink

J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune ink

Poussiere de Lune on a sunny day.

J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune ink

Bottle of J. Herbin's Poussiere de Lune fountain pen ink, pictured with a Sailor Sapporo fountain pen, large Red Moleskine journal, and a Canteo journal.

J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune ink

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

J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune ink in Clairefontaine

Clairefontaine Basics journal, written with a Lamy Safari EF fountain pen.

Poussiere de Lune is a grayish purple ink that leans towards red. One of Herbin's more saturated colors, it reminds me of Private Reserve's Burgundy Mist, though not as gray. It's also similar to Caran d' Ache's Storm, but Storm isn't as saturated, and has a great deal more shading.

This is one of my favorite Herbin colors. It's smooth flowing and I love the muted tone.

J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune ink in Clairefontaine

Close up of writing in Clairefontaine Basics journal, showing some shading.

J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune ink in Canteo

Close up of writing in the Canteo, showing a little more shading and a wider line because the Canteo paper is more absorbent that the Clairefontaine. On my monitor, the ink appears to be closest to it's actual color in this image.

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


Murderface said...

Beautiful. One of the threads on FPN (talking about French-ruled paper) mentioned that this and Violet Pensee are (were?) the two inks most commonly used by French schoolchildren.

I know, nice, right?

BTIrwin said...

Thanks! I was debating whether this color would be saturated enough. Now I'll add this to my ever-growing order.

La Duchesse said...

Oooh.. Yum. Especially on Moleskine paper, yum.

Inkophile said...

This is one of my all-time favorite inks especially in a Lamy Joy 1.1mm italic pen. It even worked well with fine nibs in a Moleskine and that's really saying something.

Speedmaster said...

Looks great, nice work! ;-)

Adam said...

Lovely. I already have three different inks and only one pen. You could be right, maybe I do need another pen. Another Pelikan?

Biffybeans said...

Murderface - that is sweet, I did not know that!

BTIrwin - I do find it to be one of Herbin's more saturated inks. Especially in a fine nibbed pen.

LaDuchesse - It is nice...

Inkophile - glad to know I'm not the only one!

Speedmaster - Thanks!

Adam - How about a Lamy!

Michael said...

Blast! You've just cost me another few pounds. Your review was so well tuned to what I happened to be looking at today!

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