J Herbin Bleu Pervenche [full size photo] – For this review I inked up a Parker Vacumatic [Fine] with the Bleu Pervenche. As a side note, the Parker Vacumatic is on loan from a friend, and will soon be reviewed. This Bleu Pervenche ink by J Herbin, reminds me of the ocean. Its a soothing blue ink, that shades well.
As with most J Herbin inks I have reviewed. Flow and lubrication are very nice. This one is rather well behaved, with only minor show through and bleed through in some of the test papers I used. The ink is drying almost instantly with this fine nib Parker Vac. So, be aware that the dry times may differ for you. I showed a few people the ink recently, and they all seemed to enjoy the color. I had one person comment that the color was not for them, that they prefer traditional royal blue. Also, the ink seems to be semi water resistant.
I have come to expect great things from J Herbin, and they always deliver. This J Herbin Bleu Pervenche ink is definitely worth a try, specially if you like non traditional blues.
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.