J. Herbin Vert Empire05/23/2008
Vert Empire is a new ink from J. Herbin that adds a new dimension to the green spectrum of the line. This is a medium green that leans slightly blue and definitely sports gray overtones. Flow is excellent as one would expect from the French maker.
Like many Herbin inks there is shading to some letters causing the top of a letter to be paler than the base. It’s a lovely effect that really sets fountain pens apart from any other writing instrument. Herbin and Diamine are the best companies for ink with this characteristic. Others do achieve it though less frequently.
Vert Empire gets a slot in my regular ink rotation for its highly useful color combined with beautiful shading and good flow. My Sailor 1911 fine is enjoying it immensely.