Sunday, July 26, 2009

Bastille Day Inks from QuoVadis Blog

Our friends over at QuoVadisBlog have these wonderful giveaways and contests, if you would like to take part you need to follow their blog and be sure to follow them on Twitter also.

In honor of Bastille Day (July 14th) they were giving away red and blue inks from J. Herbin.

Exaclair, Inc., the parent company of QuoVadisBlog is the exclusive U.S. distributor of J. Herbin products, which originate in France, hence the Bastille Day offer.

When I sent a request for my ink I listed three that I had not tried, in my order of preference. I figured that if there too many people requesting the same color they would have options, and I already own or have samples of some of the colors that were being offered.

Imagine my surprise when I opened the package and they had sent all three inks and a couple of very nice notebook samples. Including an adorable little pocket notebook, the little black one, the yellow is one I already own shown here for comparison purposes.

On to the important part of this post - the inks. I always have a horrible time with scanning or photographing inks, the colors never come out as true as I would like, but these are ok. That being said I included all my reds and blues. The ones I just received and those already owned, so there are 7 inks on these pages. I hope that this will give you a good idea of what these inks are like. I am a big fan of the Herbin inks, since I first began using them. They offer a nice alternative to the endless array of heavy saturated inks everyone else seems to carry, without sacrificing good color.

From the J Herbin website:

"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."

"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”.

* 30 beautiful colors!
* Non toxic and pH neutral
* Lightfast
* Water based
* Flows smoothly and is fast drying
* All natural dyes.

The reviews are handwritten so you will need to click on the picture to make it larger.


Erin said...

Excellent review of J. Herbin inks. This really gives me what I need when determining what to buy.

Deborah said...

Herbin inks come in really beautiful colors, but they are HIGH maintenance. If you're using them, please clean your pen thoroughly, at least once a week and NEVER mix even a trace of them with any other brand of ink.

Just an FYI - from one who has seen some real pen disasters
FPN LeftyCalligrapher

phonelady said...

they look really good and am considering purchasing some now . wow great review dear have a great one .

Beth T Irwin said...

I'm really surprised at Deborah's comment as Herbin inks are the safest inks I've experienced. I use them in my highest end pens due to the lack of staining on light colored sections and good behavior.

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