Herbin’s specialty inks include rich metallics, shimmering pearlescents, and inks steeped in history. These inks are not for fountain pens. They are best suited for steel nibs, glass or quill pens, calames and brushes.
Authentic Ink (“Encre Authentique”)
Also known as “Lawyers’ Ink.” This intense black ink was used by French notaries to write official acts. It contains Campeche wood tannin for exceptional preservation. Lettering done with this ink is said to be legible for 300 years.
India Ink (“Encre De Chine”)
Also called "China Ink." This ink's primary component is the lacquer found in the Punjab region of India. J. Herbin began production of India ink in 1829.
Shellac type lacquer dries to a nice shine
Great permanency of color
Indelible and solvent resistant
Fast drying time
Available in black /09 only
Ref H112/09 – 50 mL bottle
Pigmented Ink (“Encre Pigmentee”)
Exquisitely rich opaque inks with high pigment content.
Decorative ink, best suited for wide nibs, brushes and calames
High pigment content; gold and silver inks contain actual metallic pigments (bottle needs to be shaken vigorously and frequently while using)
Jewel-like ink in four brilliant colors: opaque white /01, gold /04, silver /05, copper /06
Very dramatic on dark-colored paper
Ref. H135/ – 30 mL bottle
Ref. H120/04 – Sampling of 5 10 mL bottles
Pearlescent Ink (“Encre Nacree”)
This beautiful ink will enhance lettering with a pearl-like luster.
Available in 10 shimmering colors: white 01/; royal blue /18; red /20; apple green /34; light aqua /35; chocolate /49; yellow /50; coral red /58; rose /60; violet /70
Best suited for wide nibs or brushes
Can be used with either dark or light colored paper
Ref. H132/ – 30 mL bottle
Ref. H120/05 – Sampling of 5 10 mL bottles
Calligraphy Ink (“Encre De Calligraphie”)
This ink contains natural resins allowing the ink to adhere to the metal nib, but flow smoothly and consistently.
Available in 8 colors: black /09; blue /10; red /20; green /30; brown /40; yellow /50; violet /70
Ref. H115 – 15 mL bottles
Ref. H114 – 50 mL
Ref. H120/03 – Sampling of five 10 mL bottles