Posts Tagged ‘J. Herbin’


Do You Favor Any Of These Inks?


Introduced mostly through mutual friends, these are the inks that have captured my fancy this year:

  • Akkerman #18 Garuda Road
  • Akkerman #24 Zuiderpark Blauw-Groen
  • Akkerman #28 Hofkwartier Groen
  • Akkerman #26 Groenmarkt Smaragd
  • De Atramentis Cola Ink
  • Diamine Marine
  • Diamine Merlot
  • Diamine Tyrian Purple
  • Diamine Wild Strawberry
  • J. Herbin Rouge Caroubier
  • Noodler’s Park Red
  • Platinum Mixable Ink Aqua Blue
  • Platinum Mixable Ink Silky Purple
  • Platinum Pigment Rose
  • Sailor Miruai
  • Sailor Souten
  • Stipula Calamo Saffron
  • Super 5 Dublin

Two old favorites reemerged as good mates for a variety of pens.

  • Noodler’s Purple Martin
  • Stipula Calamo Verde Muschiato

Are any of these inks in your rotation? Which inks in your collection have emerged as special this year?

A big thank you to the folks who contributed to my wealth of new inks:


The World As Hologram And Other Links


The Susskind lecture is fascinating though my puppy is skeptical of the concept…


Winners Of The Spring Giveaway


A big thanks to all who participated in the Spring Giveaway sponsored by Exaclair.

Drum roll, please.

And the winners are

  • audragamble
  • railonstachmus
  • blkwhitefilmpix
  • Brent Acuff
  • pamelake

Congratulations to all!

Please send your address to so that Exaclair can send your goodies posthaste.

Winners will have until 4/05/2015 to claim their prizes. If not, replacement winners will be selected. Fulfillment will be handled by Exaclair.

Thank you, Karen, for supplying the J. Herbin ink and Clairefontaine notebooks that made this giveaway possible.


Closing Out 2014


Now that the year is over, a brief recap is in order. I had hoped to adopt a canine companion, but finding a rescue that wouldn’t trigger allergies proved illusive. However, my collection of tools expanded with some new favorites.

  • Platinum #3776 Century Nice and Nice Pur since they are clearly brilliant.
  • Conklin Duragraph Stub for a well-priced wide nib with character.
  • Noodler’s General of the Armies because I love blue-green ink.
  • Iroshizuku kon-peki for an all-purpose blue.
  • J. Herbin Orange Indien since I’m a sucker for orange.
  • Sailor Tokiwa-Matsu when only evergreen will do.
  • Tomoe River Paper for fountain pens and even a dab of watercolor.
  • Clairefontaine for it’s variety of formats and fountain pen friendly paper.
  • Stillman & Birn for watercolor and art journals.

A big thank you to Exaclair, Stillman & Birn, Luxury Brands USA, Jet Pens, and Paper for Fountain Pens for sending so many wonderful products to enjoy and review. Without your generosity, Inkophile couldn’t exist.


Winners Of The J. Herbin Giveaway


Congratulations to the winners!

  • ahypniac
  • lenaldo
  • Geof Bennett Speer
  • Pearl

Please send your mailing details to inkophile*at* so Exaclair can ship your Orange Indien ink and Clairefontaine Basics Duo notebook. Enjoy your goodies!


Bead Inspired Ink And Watercolor Palettes


After days of tinkering, the bead inspired palette has come together in two forms. The watercolor version was easier to assemble because adding more water makes getting a close match simple. The ink version took forever as my collection lacks some of the colors that would work best. If I were to put together a palette from a single ink maker, it would be J. Herbin. Their softer colors suit the true colors of the beads quite well.

Caveat regarding the images. The ink photo lacks the vibrancy and clear colors of the swatches on my desk. Look elsewhere for better accuracy.



J. Herbin In A 10 ml Bottle


J. Herbin ink is a longtime favorite and the first brand I explored when blue and black became old. Poussière de Lune and Lie de Thé hooked me and I’ve never looked back. Much to my delight, JH have released 10ml bottles that make it inexpensive and easy to sample more of their colors. Jet Pens is offering the cute little dears at $4.75 a pop. With free shipping for orders over $25, you can steal a half dozen for a mere $28.50. For six bottles of color, I’m on board. Are you?


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