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J Herbin Pens and Inks

J Herbin
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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.

Pen Chalet is an Authorized Dealer of J Herbin pens and inks.

Country: France

Customer Reviews

1798 Sample(4ml)
Just try this ink...serious shimmering, elegant green shades. Years come and Go and stills a must have. Write and use it, don't leave it sitting on your pen. A medium to clean if you use the right solution also sold by Pen Chalet . Some inks don't bring the sample option but Pen Chalet has always had those that I want to try first before getting a full ink bottle. Always screwed tightly so I never receive them with leaks instead perfectly secure, clean, well packed and fast delivery from Pen Chalet!
Monica
Las Vegas, NV
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Bottled Ink(30ml)
Beautiful bottle and ink.
Sophia
Chula Vista, CA
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1670(50ml)
Like the deepest, darkest, sparkling depths of a turquoise blue sea with a hint of red sheen. Nice shimmer and shading.
Keith
Dallas, TX
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Bottled Ink(100ml)
The Eclat de Saphir (sp?) was the first ink I purchased nearly a half century ago - AND still do! Fabulous quality, beautiful color and ease of cleaning but also has nice shading. Still a favorite blue and I always buy the large bottle, to refill the smaller preferred glass bottles, as it is always in at least two of my pens. The Violette Pensee is another favorite with the same qualities.
Lori
Hayward, CA
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Cartridge(6pk)
I purchased Ambre De Birmanie and the Violette Pensee. J. Herbin ink cartridges work well in my fountain pens. The ink flows smoothly and the color is vivid. The packaging is unique as well.
William
San Antonio, TX
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Sample(4ml)
This is a lighter gray ink. I have yet to decide if I like it - there does not seem to be much contrast between the ink and the page, which may make reading challenging for some. But the ink flows so well!
Nelson
Vancouver, BC
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Bottled Ink(30ml)
My go to brown of all browns.
Andy
Vancouver, BC
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Cartridge(6pk)
This ink is an integral part of my writing set. Originally purchased for a Recife fountain pen which I purchased in France. Love the palette that this product provides.
eleanor
Clovis, CA
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1670(50ml)
Probably one of the most enjoyable inks available at any price. I will say that it's important to use the pen that is running on this ink daily,if possible. I had my Edson filled with this ink and a situation came up where fountain pens were not only discouraged,they were strictly forbidden; consequently, the Edson sat unused for several days. Upon my return I was alarmed to find that the shimmer had clogged up the pen, preventing any ink from flowing. More than a little upset with myself for my wanton disregard for the care of a cherished pen, I soaked the nib overnight and all was well.
Alan W.
Oakland, CA
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Transparent
nice pen
chris
Nortonville, KY
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1670(50ml)
Gorgeous shimmering ink! I love the J. Herbin ink. It is very smooth and never a problem starting.
Cindy
Murrells Inlet, SC
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Spiral Glass
I absolutely love the spiral glass in blue. I was going to purchase a different one off of Amazon, I am glad I didn’t. It is absolutely beautiful, just the weight of it and the design makes it all worth it.
Joanna
Santa Fe Springs, CA
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Smooth Frosted Glass
I purchased this glass dip pen for entering inks in my ink journal. It is very pretty and due to the style of the swirl "nib", once dipped, the ink goes a long way. I wasn't sure what to expect...I love the idea of the glass dip pen, but learned that I prefer a metal dip pen nib over the glass. The pen itself is lovely and I would recommend it if you have a lighter hand at lettering.
Kathryn
E STROUDSBURG, PA
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Bottled Ink(30ml)
Love,love,love Herbin inks. The Violette does not disappoint. I use it for letter writing. The ink flows through feeder easily. Strongly encourage others to try this brand. I fell in love with it when I purchased my first Recife fountain pen in France some years ago.
eleanor
Clovis, CA
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Cartridge(6pk)
Beautiful ink as always. Wonderful color!
Charles
Brooklyn, NY
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Bottled Ink(30ml)
Love these inks. Very pretty colors.
Cindy
Murrells Inlet, SC
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Bottled Ink(10ml)
I really like this particular ink. It is a rich blue that is perfectly suited for writing or signing one's name. It flows beautifully and I will be buying more of it.
Raymond
Knoxville, TN 37920, TN
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Bottled Ink(100ml)
Regular J. Herbin inks are absolutely awesome. In these 100ml bottles they are also a great deal. All of them are really gentle on pens and easy to clean. Safe in vintage pens. You can mix them if you want safely.

Perle Noir is Herbin's first ink. It's one of the best black inks there is. It's really, really black. Flows well, neither wet nor dry. Works well on cheap paper but not as well as Noodler's Bulletproof Black or Sailor Kiwa Guro. Works really well on high quality paper. Dries quickly even on high quality paper like Clairefontaine. Not waterproof but will withstand brief interaction with water once dry in the sense that your writing will be legible. Unlike most Herbin inks, it's pretty saturated. Absolutely no shading. Just pure black.

Eclat de Saphir is another awesome ink. The color itself is really close to Baystate Blue but it does not stain and is gentle on pens. It's not quite as intense as Baystate Blue. Think of it like a diluted Baystate Blue. Decent shading because it's not quite as saturated as Baystate Blue. Not waterproof.

Lie de The is a mix of the various colors of Tea. There are greens, blacks, dark browns and a orangy brown. It looks better on a page than in a swab. It seems like it's light and will be too light to read easily but it's actually really easy to read. Beautiful ink.

Pousserie de Lune is a really beautiful dark purple. Herbin says Blue Nuit is their darkest color after Perle Noir but I think this is darker. Absolutely lovely color that could be confused with black when written with a fine nib in low light.

Blue Nuit is a darker purer blue without purple in it. Another awesome ink.

Violet Pensee is a color a lot like the violet flower. A bit undersaturated but beautiful. Nice shading. Best in a wet pen.

None of Herbin's inks are waterproof. If you spill some water and dab it up, your writing should still be legible but that is the one downside of these inks. Very gentle on pens like Waterman Black or Waterman Blue. They are all really well behaved nice inks though some colors can be a bit under saturated and need a wet wide nib to show them off.
Ashwin
New York, NY
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1670(50ml)
This ink is incredible! Its dry time is pretty good compared to other shimmer type inks, which is important to me because I am a left handed writer and tend to smear ink. The shimmer shows up really well in my medium nib and it is a great red to use for redlining to give my redlines a little bit of extra compared to others. The bottle looks amazing on my desk and is a great statement piece that often brings up conversations about the lost art of ink wells.
Covey
Phoenix, AZ
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Bottled Ink(10ml)
Love this color. I've used it in a number of pens from piston converters to eye droppers. It flows great regardless of pen or type of nib.
Timothy
Dahlonega, GA
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Smooth Frosted Glass
Very smooth and lovely to write with! I got this primarily to make swatches and test ink samples, but I like the experience so much I’ve begun to write letters with it as well.
Meghan
Nolensville, TN
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Smooth Frosted Glass
Great piece! It is exactly as described. It is small which does work for me since I have small hands. I am a lefty and it works perfect!
Merci
Las Vegas, NV
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Bottled Ink(10ml)
I have liked every J. Herbin ink I tried so far. The Vert de Gris is a fairly subtle greenish grey. It's a gentle and subdued color. I think it's quite nice.
Janice
Duluth, GA
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Bottled Ink(30ml)
I thought lie de the couldn’t have a close competition, but vert de gris is a lovely muted color that I had to buy a larger supply of. J. herbin inks have yet to disappoint me with their flow and options for color.
Lauren
Redding, CT
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Smooth Frosted Glass
This is my go to pen for writing out with my inks for samples. I'd probably use it all day every day at work if it was a little more practical. I will likely buy the rest of the colors.
John
Aurora, CO
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