Cassis – L’Artisan Pastellier

L’Artisan Pastellier is french ink / calligraphy materials producers. They offer two lines of inks suitable for fountain pens: Callifolio (inks made for fountain pens, neutral PH and so on) and Encres Classiques.


L’Artisan Pastellier inks don’t get much love or attention here. I understand this as they’re not easily obtainable. You may buy them directly from the producer’s on-line/stationery boutique.

L’Artisan Pastellier inks cab be bought in nice triangular glass bottles (40 ml), packs alu (60 ml) and small bottles (30 ml). The 36 colors are:

  1. Anahuac
  2. Andrinople
  3. Aurora
  4. Bleu Atlantique
  5. Bleu Azur
  6. Bleu Equinoxe 5
  7. Bleu Equinoxe 6
  8. Bleu Mediterrannee
  9. Bleu Pacifique
  10. Bleu Ultramarine
  11. Baikal
  12. Bonne Esperance
  13. Bordeaux
  14. Bosphore
  15. Botany bay
  16. Bourgogne
  17. Byzance
  18. Cannelle
  19. Cassis
  20. Grenat
  21. Gris de Payne
  22. Havane
  23. Heure Doree
  24. Inca Sol
  25. Inti
  26. Itzamna
  27. Noir
  28. Oconto
  29. Ohlanga
  30. Olifants
  31. Olivastre
  32. Omi Osun
  33. Sepia
  34. Teodora
  35. Violet
  36. Yalumba

Let’s start with a name.



Cassis is a city and a fruit. The color corresponds more to Cassis fruit that is known in English as Black Currant.

I like this ink a lot. It’s not joyful, and probably won’t make you smile on a rainy day. Actually it’s quite dreary but in a good way. Or maybe I just like dark murky purples (that’s sure)?

The ink is reasonably saturated, has nice flow in both wet and drier pens. It doesn’t cause any kind of feathering or bleedthrough, even on low quality paper. The flow is satisfying for me. The ink is very easy to clean and safe for pens. I can’t guarantee it’ll work for every single lever-filler ever created but I had it in old Sheaffer with a sac and after almost 5 months of not using the pen (I simply forgot it was filled) the pen started instantly, there’s no degradation seen in the sack.

While I guess the color won’t appeal to every one, I find it interesting and plesant to use.

Drops of ink on kitchen towel

Software ID

Color range

Tomoe River, Caran d’Ache Ecridor Retro, medium nib

Leuchtturm1917, Kaweco Classic SPort, broad nib

Rhodia, Caran d’Ache Ecridor Retro, medium nib

No-name copy paper, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib


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