Friday, April 3, 2009

Review: J. Herbin Bouquet D' Antan Fountain Pen Ink

J. Herbin Bouquet D' Antan

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 Bouquet D' Antan

Same pen used for both written reviews. (Sailor Sapporo with a medium nib.) Top image is a Clairefontaine Basics journal with 90g Bright White paper - one of the best, most fountain pen friendly papers where inks do not bleed, feather, or spread. The Canteo journal below has ivory paper and is more absorbent than the Clairefontaine. Some absorbent papers can make inks spread and may make them appear to write darker than on a paper with a slicker, less absorbent surface.

J. Herbin Bouquet D' Antan

Bouquet D' Antan ink is a pretty shade of pink with maybe a hint of lavender. It's free flowing and has lots of nice shading. It writes extremely light on the Clairefontaine paper, but not surprisingly, darker in the Canteo.

J. Herbin Bouquet D' Antan

This piece was written with a glass dip pen, where the ink appeared darker still. I think it was on a piece of Crane Stationery.

It's a pretty shade, but much too light for my tastes. Using wider nibbed pens, or writing on a more absorbent paper, may provide results which may or not be pleasing to the user.


Wm. Anthony Connolly said...

Not sure if this a silly question or not, but here goes: Do you use only one color of ink in each of your fountain pens? Or, (okay more than one question) do you change up the ink every once in a while?
The reason I ask if because I always find the pens retain traces of the previous ink for some time...
Your thoughts.

BTIrwin said...

Thanks for the link to the Ink Flow. I hadn't found them!

Wish this color was darker. I have to agree it's just too light.

Biffybeans said...

Hi Wm. Anthony, and thanks for your questions - which aren't silly at all. I currently own 12 fountain pens, and for the most part, they are all loaded with a different color of ink. As I am always testing & trying new inks, they often get flushed & re-filled. (With different colors)

I don't find that I have problems with residual ink - but then again, I flush so often, I think I have it down to an art form. I seem to find that C/C fillers are easier to flush than a piston filler.

I did have some problems with residue with some older bottles of Private Reserve brand inks. Not sure if they had somehow gone "funky" but I had a hard time rinsing those inks out.

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