I have decided to review some of my many inks. These aren't necessarily in any particular order.
This one is J Herbin Eclat de saphir (Sapphire blue):
Eclat de saphir (Sapphire blue): Sapphire is a gemstone. The terminology probably comes from 2 origins: the Greek with “sappheiros” (a stone of blue color) or from the Hebrew “sappir” (the most beautiful thing).
This color is a reminder of J. Herbin and his work at the most prestigious royal courts of Europe.
From the beginning, J. Herbin distinguished itself from its competitors by offering a wide range of colors for the fountain pen inks. In 2007, 4 new colors were introduced which brought a total of 30 references of various colors. The names chosen for each color are very poetic to preserve the originality of the brand and as a French tradition.
- This isn't a waterproof or an archival ink
- Bearing in mind the paper I use is very smooth, this ink took 13-16 secs to dry.
- It flows well and lubricates the nib quite well.
- It is currently available in sampling packs of 4 x 10ml mini glass bottles and 30ml D bottles. Each bottle of 30 ml has an integrated pen rest. They are known as “D bottle pen inks. The “D” refers to the old French unit of measure “la Demi Courtine”.
- It's available from many B&M shops and online retailers worldwide.
J. Herbin is the oldest name in pen inks in the world. M. Herbin created “The Jewel of Inks” in his shop on the Rue des Fosses Saint-Germain in Paris in 1700.
Herbin uses all natural dyes in their fountain pen inks. This natural composition is reflected in the very neutral pH of the inks.