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J Herbin Pens and Inks

About J Herbin

Country: France

J. Herbin fountain pen ink was founded in 1670 and is the oldest fountain pen ink brand in the world. The J. Herbin company first produced "l’Encre de la Tete Noire", followed by "Perle des Encres," (The Jewel of Inks) and "l’Encre des Vaisseaux" (The Ink of Ships). The J. Herbin company made ink for the King of France, Louis XIV, and a black ink exclusively of Victor Hugo, author of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Miserables.

The J Herbin company remains mainly a family owned business and offers a wide selection of fine writing supplies including fountain pen ink, scented inks, and sealing waxes.

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J Herbin Reviews

Smooth Frosted Glass
Like the name implies, this dip pen is "smooth". Holds a lot of ink too. Very happy with my purchase.
Teresa
Laurel, MD
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Bottled Ink(10ml)
I like the J Herbin inks, and I like this smaller bottle for trying out new colors. It's much larger than a sample but still small, a very cute glass bottle. I ordered Violette Pense and it's a pretty purple and flows well.
June K
Newnan, GA
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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1798(50ml)
Simply stunning deep purple hue with moderate shading and gorgeous silvery shimmer.
Lynnell
Wilsonville, OR
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Bottled Ink(100ml)
If you love J. Herbin's inks, these 100ml bottles are an amazing value! My only qualm with them is that the bottle they come in is plastic. I resolved this issue by transferring the contents to very thoroughly cleaned empty glass ink bottles. Although if you go through ink quickly, the plastic ink bottle won't be an issue. Basically you're buying a bulk amount of the ink, so the container is secondary, and a number of on-line vendors sell empty ink bottles. It's very unfortunate that J. Herbin discontinued the large size. I wish they were still freely available and also were offered in more colors from J. Herbin's range.
Natalia
Allston, MA
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Marbleized Glass
Love this pen....beautiful...not practical...but that’s part of the beauty??
Karen
MARIETTA, GA
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Cartridge(6pk)
I don't know if it matters to anyone else, but I love the little tin containers these cartridges come in. I'm not sure if the price was any better or worse than anyone else. I don't care. The ink is great and anything that doesn't come sealed in plastic like a space age mummy has my vote.
Brian
Winnipeg, MB
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Bottled Ink(100ml)
I knew exactly what I wanted as I'd used a similar sized bottle of the same ink before... it was as advertised and very prompt delivery... might be the best price in the country
Tom
Golden, CO
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Bottled Ink(30ml)
I bought Bouton D'Or (Gold Button, in French) to serve as a highlighter ink, and it works fine for that use. It is such a happy color!

I'm not sure I would write a long letter with the stuff, as it's very light, though.

All of J. Herbin's inks are well behaved and a good value.
Mat
Gering, NE
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Bottled Ink(30ml)
Beautiful ink. Great service!
Diana
Ravenna, OH
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Bottled Ink(30ml)
When I knew NOTHING about fountain pens or inks, I found my first bottle of J. Herbin ink in a stationery store and bought it because I liked the purple color. It was a great accidental discovery. Long story short--I needed a new bottle so this time around I bought Encre Violette Pensee with full knowledge of its quality.
D Susan
Pretty Prairie, KS
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Blotter Sheets
Good product to keep on hand for when needed.
Harold
Cincinnati, OH
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Rocker Blotter
Very well made and enjoyable to use. Looks good on the desk
Harold
Cincinnati, OH
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1670(50ml)
The J. Herbin 1670 inks are a real treat. I have only used Emerald of Chivor and Stormy Grey, and both are stunning in their own ways, but EoC takes the cake. When writing with EoC, it is quite clear why it is so popular. It is a beautiful teal with an incredible red sheen and gold sparkles to boot. I would recommend any of these inks for something special to your collection. It also helps that they are beautifully bottled.
Leslie
Simi Valley, CA
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Bottled Ink(30ml)
This my first bottle of J. Herbin. Really lovely colour of Bleu Pervenche. Good dark colour of turquoise and a nice change. Appears to be very good quality and flows really well. Nibs and paper make a difference but I try and use good fountain pen paper and medium nips of steel mostly in mid range priced pens.
Barbara Hunt
Geraldine, South Canterbury
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1670(50ml)
Great glitter ink. Have the other colors. This immediately became my fave. Best price, great service. Thanks Pen Chalet. Wichita Lawyer
randall h.
wichita, KS
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Bottled Ink(30ml)
This review is for J. Hirbin ink Cacao du Bresil (30ml) tested with Rohrer_Kolininger glass dip pen: I think I found the right kind of gray ink to substitute the black ink. When you first write, there is a tinge of brownish hue but once it dries up it remains gray and legible. This color evokes calmness and gentleness without harshness like heavily concentrated dark color inks. My interest in ink is mostly the hue and the degree of saturation, so J. Hirbin inks became my favorites so far. I now have Virt Empire, Lie de The, Eclat de Saphir, Pousierre de Lune and Rouge Caroubier inks. I love them all and I need more pens now. Regarding the shape or size of the this ink bottles when I use fountain pens, I no longer worry about them because I now use the ink-miser from Pen Chalet. It helps me to re-fill the ink converter from the miser thereby allowing me to use up the most amount of the ink remaining in the bottle without much wasting of ink any more.
Chull
Pittsburgh, PA
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overall rating 2 out of 5
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Spiral Glass
This review is for J. Hirbin spiral glass dip pen: I love the shape and the good gripping of the pen. Compared with a Rohrer-Kolinger or vintage crystal glass dip pens, I had to re-dip the pen more frequently. And it feels a tad more scratchy when writing. After polishing the writing tip with a #600 sand paper it wrote more smoothly. I like both models, but I prefer R-K pen for more uniform writing with less line variations.
Chull
Pittsburgh, PA
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overall rating 2 out of 5
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Bottled Ink(30ml)
Just a nice color and can give that touch of joy to any letter and it's a happy nice color, good ink good flow. I like it.
Larry
Ft Worth, TX
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Bottled Ink(10ml)
I bought Amber and Cafe. The amber dries lighter than it applies, and is a golden color. The Cafe dries darker than it applies and is a warm brown. Neither is water resistant when dry. The 10 ml size is perfect for trying new ink, and the bottle is quite convenient for using a dip pen.
Diana
Athens, WV
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Smooth Frosted Glass
Very comfortable to use, writes beautifully.
Diana
Athens, WV
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1670(50ml)
The ocean blue is a little dark for my taste, but the red is gorgeous.
Kathleen
San Diego, CA
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Cartridge(6pk)
Love the J Herbin colors!
Kathleen
San Diego, CA
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Bottled Ink(30ml)
Wonderful flow, dries quickly and has a unique color. What I was looking for, and as always, Herbin delivers.
Jasbir
Summerfield, NC
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Bottled Ink(10ml)
Excellent ink and superb size for travel!
Benjamin
Santa Fe, NM
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Bottled Ink(30ml)
This review is for J. Herbin's Cacao du Brésil ink. I love the color. It flows well, and looks great on the page as written text, ink drawings or color wash.
Byron
Walnut, CA
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