J Herbin Bleu Azur [full size photo] – The sky, specifically the summer sky in Hawaii. That is what J Herbin’s Bleu Azur reminds me of. I lived in Hawaii for a little over three years, and I really do remember a color such as this. Its a beautiful sky blue. It has a hint of the ocean in it. Beautiful. It is not a really bright or vivid ink, but that doesn’t stop me from loving it. J Herbin Bleu Azur is a very calming & tranquil color. My wife has told me that this is by far her favorite color in my collection. She also commented, that it is a very peaceful color. Something she would write with all day. I have to agree.
I inked a Sabonis Medium fountain pen (from Mexico) up with the Bleu Azur. At first the pen was having some issues, but I will admit – it’s the first ink the Sabonis has seen. So, I let it sit for about 24 hrs. After that I flossed the nib to open the flow slightly. This really helped the flow and gave me a nice wet line with a nice amount of shading. Yet another winner in my book. Two thumbs up, for another excellent J Herbin ink.
Here are some of the other J Herbin Inks I have reviewed.
J Herbin was established in 1670, when Louis XIV, the Sun King, was 32 years old.
M. Herbin was a sailor, and from his many journeys to India he brought back to Paris formulas for manufacturing sealing wax. His special lacquer formula improved the quality of the seals in adhesion and neatness, helping him to become famous throughout the kingdom.
J. Herbin is also the oldest name in ink production in the world.
By 1700, the company was producing “l’Encre de la Tete Noire,” followed by “Perle des Encres,” (The Jewel of Inks) and “l’Encre des Vaisseaux” (The Ink of Ships).
J. Herbin made ink for Louis XIV, and a black ink for the sole use of Victor Hugo, author of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Miserables. These formulas still reside in our company archives in Paris.
This ink was purchased from: Peartreepens.com