Thursday, April 23, 2009

Review: J. Herbin Bouton D' Or Fountain Pen Ink

J. Herbin Bouton D'Or

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 Bouton D'Or

J. Herbin's Bouton D'Or is a yellow burst of sunshine. It's free flowing in my medium nibbed Sailor Sapporo - which tends to run a bit wet.

J. Herbin Bouton D'Or

I'm not exactly sure how anyone would use this ink, except maybe for highlighting. I tried a bit in the above photo, but noticed that this book's paper was a bit rough to write on with a fountain pen. It just wasn't the most pleasurable experience of pen to paper. If used on a shinier paper, I bet it would be great.

I'm going to guess that some people are going to question whether or not you can use this ink to mix with other colors, and I have to admit that I have not tried it. Herbin inks do note (on the side of the box) to NOT mix their inks. I suppose if you try, you will have to do so at your own risk.

PS - Can you guess the book that the above quote is taken from? Hint: It's been sitting on the New York Times Best Seller list for 115 weeks... and I loved it!!!

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