Friday, February 26, 2010

Review: J. Herbin Bleu Myosotis Fountain Pen Ink

Herbin Myosotis

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 Myosotis

J. Herbin Bleu Myosotis fountain pen ink in a very wet writing Sailor Sapporo. (Which has since been tweaked by Mr. Nagahara of the Sailor Pen Company) Clairefontaine Basics journal with 90g bright white paper. (My camera has a very difficult time with this paper - it often comes out with a bluish cast that I am unable to correct for.)

I found this ink to be the darkest and most saturated of the Herbin blue inks, with some shading. This ink had great flow in this wet writer. It's a nice dark blue - I like it, though it's difficult to describe. Not a bright color blue, somewhat subdued. When swabbed, looks dusty/chalky like the Blue Nuit. A faded blue jean color.

Herbin Bleu Myosotis Mandala

Bleu Myosotis mandala created with an Herbin glass dip pen in an Exacompta sketchbook.


Ryan@ThePearTree said...

Count me as a big fan of this stuff. It's a very nice, stately blue that works well in a business setting. Plays pretty nicely with nearly everything I've tried it in, too!

Cheryl said...

I haven't tried this ink yet myself (it's on my "to try" list), but I do know it is eraseable. You just need an ink eradicator like Pelikan makes instead of a pencil eraser. It doesn't erase as well as LAMY blue or Pelikan royal blue ink though. There's a picture here:

Thanks for another enjoyable review!

soloworx said...

I've tried this ink and I do like the 'strange' effect when I revisit what I wrote with it after a day or so: my writing has taken on a darkish lilac hue! That's with my Delta 365 pen with fine nib. I don't know if it would be the same with other pens. Perhaps an experiment is in order. Great review, Stephanie!


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