J Herbin Rose Cyclamen [full size photo] – this color is just plain old crazy! Its so bright and vivid. Its a color I would normally never think about using, but it just seemed to call out to me. It’s one of those inks that screams – LOOK AT ME, LOVE ME, USE ME… It’s a temptress, I just had to have it. I currently, have this ink loaded in a black Pilot 78G Medium nib fountain pen. The ink flows very well, and seems to be very lubricating. Some nice shading can be achieved with the ink. There is no real feathering or bleed through, on any of the paper I have used thus far. I cant wait to have this inked in a broader fountain pen, it should really pop some nice shading! Some guys may be afraid to use bright colors such as this, but I am not one of them. This ink inspires me to use non-traditional inks. Plus it’s J Herbin and they know what they are doing when it comes to inks.
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.
I purchased this ink from: Peartreepens.com (Fountain Pen Ink Samples Program)