J. Herbin Rouille D’Ancre


J. Herbin uses an image on the front of its ink boxes to suggest the color of the ink inside. On the cover of Rouille D’Ancre there is an image of a rusty anchor. While the name may roll beautifully off the tongue in French, the color is more accurately coral. Not a cartoon orange coral or a lipstick red coral but the softer corals of the Great Barrier Reef or the rooftops of Tuscany.

Rouille D’Ancre is pastel color at its best. It isn’t pale on white paper but the color is enhanced by a nib with good flow. Laying down a significant amount of ink encourages pooling and shading so a wide, wet nib is a very good match for this ink’s best characteristics. With a 1.1 italic nib, it produced crisp line edges and even some outlining depending on the brand of paper. No bleed through even on very thin bagasse paper and minimal show-through on the same. On most brands of paper, there should be no show-through at all.

J. Herbin Rouille DAncre

J. Herbin Rouille D'Ancre

Since Rouille D’Ancre is in the orange spectrum, it can be used in a variety of situations though it isn’t suitable for formal business use or legal documents. I especially like it for personal notes where it conveys warm friendship and cheerfulness.

Think pink is just, well, too pink? Try coral. Want a soft look for summer or a color for the transition into autumn? Rouille D’Ancre will work providing you don’t expect it to make a strong statement with a fine nib. Instead partner it with a big, bold one and let your writing get the attention – not the intense color of your ink.

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  1. Hrmm… I think this ink would be too light for me. I like bold!


    • It definitely would disappoint folks in the “highly saturated is better” camp. There are plenty of more dramatic orange inks available including J. Herbin Orange Indien if you are a JH fan. For those of us who like a little transparency or a watercolor look, Rouille D’Ancre offers a welcome change from pink.

      Karen from Exaclair must have been inspired when she sent it because I really did not need another ink in the orange family. But in the Lamy Vista 1.1mm, it has been a real pleasure to use and will likely push other inks out of my rotation.


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