Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Review: J. Herbin Bleu Nuit Fountain Pen Ink

J. Herbin Bleu Nuit

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

Herbin Bleu Nuit

J. Herbin Bleu Nuit is a dark washed denim color - almost a blue-black. Even in a fine nibbed Lamy Safari, it shows a fair amount of shading on Clairefontaine paper. It has that sweet Herbin scent that I really like - the one that I associate with my first ever bottle of Herbin ink- Eclat de Saphir. While it smells the same as the Eclat de Saphir, it doesn't look the same as the Saphir is a little thinner, and more purplish in hue. The Bleu Nuit is fairly saturated - and I'm noticing that it's quite similar to Sailor Blue.

J Herbin Bleu Nuit

The ink shows even darker and more saturated on the Canteo paper, which is more absorbent than the Clairefontaine.

I always notice that if I start doodling right away with a particular ink, it usually ends up to be a keeper. I'm liking it so much, that it's in two of my pens right now. The Safari mentioned above, and my Sailor Sapporo with a medium nib. It might even end up squeezing the Eclat de Saphir out of my collection.


1 comment:

bsodmike said...

Looks quite nice, thanks :)

Cheers
Michael.

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