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J. Herbin was established in 1670.

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 headquarters in Paris.

That's what J. Herbin says about themselves. They've been on the market for quite some time and I guess they now what they're doing.

Vert Olive is quite nice.

Ink splash


Drops of ink on kitchen towel




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Calendar - Kaweco Sport Classic, eyedropper, broadf nib








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I love the colour of this ink...


Not for daily use btw

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I didn't expect the gray in the chromatography. Thank you for doing all of these.

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I have a soft spot for J. Herbin, since most of the music I play is from 17th C France. They do make some beautiful colors. Vert Olive isn't one I prefer, but there are many other nice ones--I particularly like Êclat de Saphir and Lie de Thé.

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CIAK, Jinhao x750, M

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I've been writing with Vert Olive this week. As it was in use anyway I decided to do some additional scans and add them here, especially that I'm not really happy with how the original review looks like. I think now the end result is much closer to reality.


Ink Splash

(Fantastic Paper)


Drops of ink on kitchen towel


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Tsubame, Jinhao x750, medium nib




Leuchtturm1917, Jinhao x750, medium nib




No name notebook, Jinhao x750, medium nib



Oxford optic paper, Lamy Al-Star, medium nib




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Since my use of pens & ink is exclusively for my pleasure, I love this ink & don't care about it's impracticality. I choose inks for correspondence that ARE legible, but just use these inks for my own enjoyment. I have a strong affinity for the yellow leaning greens, yet also enjoy other greens; I think I am merely in awe of the many inks I discover, since 50 years ago, not imagining them, when I first used a fountain pen.


It was a pleasure to see this ink showcased again today, Thank you.

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I tried this ink a few months back and thought it was nice. Unfortunately it seems to fade very easily, even when kept in a drawer.

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