Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Review: J. Herbin Bleu Azur Fountain Pen Ink

Herbin Bleu Azur

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 Azur

This was a very bad ink/paper combination. The Bleu Azur is a very light colored ink and its flow was extremely dry in an extra fine nibbed Lamy Safari fountain pen. Clairefontaine Basics journal with 90g bright white paper can sometimes be a bit unforgiving with dry inks, and such was this case with the Bleu Azur. It looked nice when I used it with the glass dip pen, so perhaps it might be better suited for wide nibbed wet writers. (A pen that typically writes very wet.)

Herbin Bleu Azur Mandala

Bleu Azur Mandala created with an Herbin glass dip pen in an Exacompta sketchbook.



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

5 comments:

plo said...

Say, how do you like using those glass dip pens? I have never tried one. Are they scratchy?

Alison said...

It is a light ink, but seems to work pretty well in my Levenger True Writer with a "Fine" nib. Their fine seems to be a bit broader than Lamy's fine, so it seems a little darker (though still not a dark ink). I think you're right about a wetter writer though; the ink does seem to be on the dry side.

Biffybeans said...

I think they are pretty great for dippin & doodlin'. I don't find mine scratchy, but I've heard if your is, that you can rub it over a fine grit sandpaper to smooth it out.

Anonymous said...

My favorite ink is the J. Herbin "Cafė des Îles" which you've also reviewed, but my second favorite is this one...using a glass or dip pen may not be best because this is a very pale ink. I find that in a medium Pelikan M200 14K nib the ink flows very well and a page of writing looks like a view of the Carribean shores - luminous blue, very nice. I hope you might try it a bit more with a flexible, broader gold nib and perhaps you'll not ask "why".

James Flagler said...

My favorite ink is the J. Herbin "Cafė des Îles" which you've also reviewed, but my second favorite is this one...using a glass or dip pen may not be best because this is a very pale ink. I find that in a medium Pelikan M200 14K nib the ink flows very well and a page of writing looks like a view of the Carribean shores - luminous blue, very nice. I hope you might try it a bit more with a flexible, broader gold nib and perhaps you'll not ask "why".

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