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J Herbin Vert Reseda Ink Review

J Herbin Vert Reseda Ink is one of 30 colors offered by the oldest ink company in the world. Vert is the French word for green and Reseda is a plant known for its pleasing smell. This ink color is a pretty, light green color close to a mint or a similar to a green-blue color but not your common color of blue-green. Vert Reseda is a unique pleasing green color produced by this French ink company. Pen Chalet carries all of the J Herbin ink colors including the very popular shimmering J Herbin 1670 Anniversary inks such as Bleu Ocean, Stormy Grey and Rouge Hematite.

J Herbin Vert Reseda Ink

J Herbin Vert Reseda Ink

While testing J Herbin Vert Reseda Ink, we found the following traits, which you may enjoy:

Testing Factors

We used a J Herbin glass dip pen on Rhodia paper also a French company, which stands up to fountain pen ink very well. The glass dip pen is equivalent to a fine nib fountain pen.

Bottle Sizes

All regular J Herbin Ink colors come in a standard 30 ml. glass ink bottle, square in its dimensions with a built in pen rest for regular sized pens that is both unique and functional. The lid of the bottle is a somewhat small and narrow compared to the size of the bottle. J Herbin inks also produces a smaller 10 ml. travel/sample sized glass bottle which are awesome and inexpensive. Additionally, a few of the more popular J Herbin ink colors such as Eclat de Saphir, Poussiere de Lune and Perle noire come in a large economical sized 100 ml. plastic bottle.


J Herbin inks, including Vert Reseda, retail for $6.00 for the 10 ml. bottle and $10.00 for the standard 30 ml. bottle. If the color you are looking for is in one of the 6 most popular J Herbin ink colors then you can find the plastic 100 ml. bottle for $26.00. Vert Reseda however, does not come in the 100 ml. bottle option.

Dry Time

The dry time we experienced with J Herbin Vert Reseda Ink was approximately 7 seconds using Rhodia paper with the glass dip pen making J Herbin Vert Reseda a fairly quick drying ink. Using a larger nib, you may experience a longer dry time.

Bleed Through

We experienced no bleeding during normal use. However, during the water test we found that where we ran the wet cotton swab over the ink sample it caused a slight bleeding of the ink to the back of the paper.


No feathering was experienced during normal use with Rhodia paper and the glass dip pen. The lines were crisp and clean. However, as J Herbin inks are a water-based dye ink, and not water proof, there was some feathering during the water test.

Water Test

After letting it dry for about 3 minutes and then running a soaking wet cotton swab over the J Herbin Vert Reseda Ink sample, we experienced some color smearing, although due to the light color of the ink, it was not as prominent as other colors. We also experienced some feathering and a very slight bleed through where the water hit the ink.


We didn’t experience much shading using the glass dip pen. However, due to the light nature of this ink, if you applied a wetter line then a lighter line, you will experience some color variation.

Conclusion about the J Herbin Vert Reseda Ink

Overall, J Herbin ink is a great value for this French imported ink. All J Herbin inks are made from natural dyes, flow well, fairly fast drying. They have a fabulous number of color options and several ink bottle sizes to fit all budgets and needs. The color of Vert Reseda probably does not lend the ink as an everyday office color, but it is a beautiful color wonderful for journals, letter and note writing. Happy Writing!