Friday, April 3, 2009
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
* Water based
* Flows smoothly and is fast drying
* All natural dyes
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.
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.
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.