Monday, April 19, 2010

Ink Review: J. Herbin Êclat de Saphir

Welcome to my review of J. Herbin Êclat de Saphir! This is one of my favorite inks. It's a very popular blue ink, widely accepted as one of the nicer blues among the fountain pen enthusiasts. It's one of the more saturated J. Herbin inks, with nice flow and better-than-average permanence. I took some nice pictures and will let them speak for themselves. ;)

The paper I used was Clairefontaine Triomphe Stationery tablets, which is 90g and oh, so smooth (and white!), and G. Lalo Vergé de France in ivory, which is 100g with a more textured feel. I also did a 'watercolor' picture, using a q-tip to swab the ink (and a J. Herbin Creapen to draw the outline) on a Clairefontaine Grafit sketchpad.
I tested with three pens, a 1.5mm Pelikan Script Calligraphy Pen, my own Goulet fine nib pen (why not?), and a J. Herbin glass pen. These 3 pens all write very differently and show the variation in shading.

A 30ml bottle of J. Herbin Êclat de Saphir retails for $9.50 at The Goulet Pen Company. Samples are also available for $1.25.

Here are some links to other reviews of J. Herbin Êclat de Saphir. Enjoy!


  1. Beautiful ink. Might pick up a bottle or at least a sample.

  2. Nice review, though word to the wise: the "e" should have an accent aigu, not a circonflexe. It's éclat de saphir. ��


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