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J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage


I've said a couple of times that I'm not a huge fan of J. Herbin's regular line of inks. Their glittery editions are usually pretty cool, but the regular line tends towards being undersaturated and dry. Those aren't things that I'm into.

(In fact, looking back, I think that the last time I reviewed a standard Herbin ink was back in 2014 when I declared that Bleu Pervenche was "fine.")

This ink, though, is going to be one of my favorite greens. It's a great color, it writes really nicely, and it behaves fairly well on bad office paper. It's not perfect, but I've been liking it a lot. So much so, that the little bottle is almost drained.

I can't remember where I picked this up, but I'm pretty sure I got it at the Philly Pen Show, so it was probably Anderson Pens.  Maybe? Could have been JetPens? They seem to have the little bottles. Anyway, you should definitely check out this ink.

 Check out the ink below, and let me know what you think. What's your favorite green?


 Inky Fingers Wheat Straw Paper
 Find them here.

InkJournal Tomoe River Paper
 Find it here.

Staples 20lb Copy Paper

This is the only place where this ink falls a little short. It's not great on bad paper. Still, it's not bad, and you won't really notice the issues if you're not looking for them. It's great on better papers.


Video Review

Water Test

Bottle and Review Pens

Color Comparisons

Papier Plume's Chicago Inks: 2018 Edition

Provided for review by Papier Plume!

**Okay, I put this post together before the Chicago Pen Show, and I forgot to hit the "Publish" button. I'm a dumb. Or maybe I was just too busy to think straight at the end of the semester. Anyway, enjoy!**

These two inks are made specially for the Chicago Pen Show this year. Last year, they used the ivy from Wrigley Field and the turquoise of Lake Michigan.This year, we've got the Bears and wine (inspired by this article).

I'm pretty sure that I like the burgundy a bit more than Da Blue, but both of these are pretty cool colors. Both of them are fairly well-behaved, but they do bleed a little bit on 20lb office papers. That's not unusual, but it's worth noting.

These are a part of a limited edition that will be made available at the Pen Show, and thereafter (while supplies last) on their website. Check them out below, and let me know which one you like best.

The Written Reviews


The Bottles

Copy Paper Test

Inky Fingers Wheat Straw Paper

Ink Journal Tomoe River Journal

Water Test!

Video Review

Color Comparisons!

Papier Plume House of the Rising Sun

Ink provided for review by Papier Plume

 This is the newest ink to become part of the Papier Plume ink line. It's not released yet, but it will be coming out concurrent with the Atlanta Pen Show on April 13th. As you can see, it's a red-orange ink with plenty of saturation and a little bit of shading. You'll see some nice edge-shading when you use it on good paper, and a bit of bleed if you use it on bad papers.

You can also get some interesting color variation by using it in different nibs. In this fairly fine and fairly wet nib, you get a very red hue. When you use a broader or drier nib, you'll get a little more orange. It's a really interesting ink, and the price on these inks is great. Check it out.

Written Review


Nope. No sheen. 
 Beautiful shading, though.


Check this out! What a color range!

Water Test and Video Review

Copy Paper Test

Inky Fingers Currently Inked Notebook

Currently Inked Tomoe River Edition

Color Comparisons

I've got a bunch of comparable colors to show you on the orange and red sides of the spectrum.