J Herbin Vert Olive [full size photo] – I’ve been playing with this Vert Olive ink a lot lately. I wanted to really get a grasp on it. My plan was to release this review a couple days ago. Well, playing with it made me want to play with it even more. This ink is addicting. Spoiler Alert: I love this color.
I inked the J Herbin Vert Olive in my Sheaffer Stylist [M] for this ink review. I originally had it in a Snorkel, but I was having issues with the pen. This Vert Olive ink is amazing, the shading is unbelievable… It has so much depth, I get lost in it. It goes from a light yellowish green to an olive. Vert Olive is a perfect name for this ink.
I used the J Herbin Vert Olive for a few days at work, and I noticed myself really doodling a lot. Like most other J Herbin Inks, this one lubricates and flows very well. As I said before the shading is amazing, spread is well behaved, no real signs of feathering. Just a tiny bit of show / bleed through. Nothing unacceptable at all though. In the Sheaffer fountain pen, it seemed to dry pretty fast. During the water test, I noted the ink bled rather quickly.
The color not only reminds me of an olive, but also the spring. It seems to be tugging on a childhood memory, but I can’t remember exactly which one. This is a bold color to use, but not frightening by any means. I would have to say, this J Herbin Vert Olive ink will stay in my rotation for a long time. It’s a fun ink, that brings out some sort of curiosity. People commented very well on the ink. Although, one person mentioned it was a little hard to read, he noted in his opinion there was not enough contrast against the paper. I don’t seem to have that issue at all though.
I have to give the J Herbin Vert Olive ink two thumbs up. It just makes me want to smile. I highly recommend it!
Here are some of the other J Herbin Inks I have reviewed.
Please Note: The color depicted below is washed out a bit, due to some lighting issues at the time of shooting. I will reshoot at a later date.
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.