Monday, January 18, 2010

Review: J. Herbin Gris Nuage Fountain Pen Ink

Herbin's Gris Nuage

Herbin's Gris Nuage in the bottle.

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 Gris Nuage

J. Herbin's Gris Nuage tested in a fine nibbed Pelikan M200 fountain pen, Clairefontaine Basics journal.

Ink had nice flow and shading on the Clairefontaine paper. A light gray that I think leans a bit more towards blue than black. Shown below in comparison to Diamine's Grey. I personally prefer a more saturated ink.

Herbin Gris Nuage and Diamine's Grey

6 comments:

Speedmaster said...

I kind of like that.

Kim said...

Oh I love this ink so, so much! Thank you for reminding me about my favorite. :)

Gentian said...

I love this colour especially in an italic nib, it's so beautiful.

Wordherder said...

If you get a chance, try Sailor gray sometime. It's a very nice gray--as is Gray Flannel from Private Reserve.

Davey Moyers said...

Your "handwriting" is PURDY!!! Great blog...keep up the good work.

Biffybeans said...

Much thanks for all your comments - and Gentian, you make every color ink look awesome with your calligraphy!

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