Friday, April 24, 2009

Review: J. Herbin Vert Pre Fountain Pen Ink

J. Herbin Vert Pre

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 Vert Pre

Vert Pre - very difficult to see on the bright white Clairefontaine paper. (Or on the ivory Canteo for that matter) The color of lime green freeze pops. Poor flow in my .5 cursive italic. Squeak squeak squeak. It's really a very cool color, but if it doesn't flow, it's got to go... Not sure how an ink this color would best be used. Notations perhaps? Highlighting?

Maybe it would work better with a really wet nib - maybe a glass dip pen or calligraphy pen...

J. Herbin Vert Pre

All Herbin inks provided by Exaclair for the purpose of review.


OfficeSupplyGeek said...

I probably shouldnt buy a bottle of ink just because I like the shamrock on the label, right? :)

Biffybeans said...

I'm not one to judge. :o)

Deb said...

How does this compare to Vert Olive? I just received the Vert Olive, and was curious about Vert Pre. I love the limey greens, and olive greens. I am really enjoying your website, and want to create my own mandala...yours are beautiful

Biffybeans said...

Hi Deb! Thank you for the kind words about my mandalas.

I found the Vert Pre very thin & dry... I did not care for it at all. I slightly remember the Olive having a slightly better flow, but it was still a little thin. These two inks would probably be best in wide nibbed pens.

You also might want to check out Diamine's Kelly Green & Light green.

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