Grenat – L’Artisan Pastellier Callifolio ink

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.


Grenat is very nice ink. Depending on the nib and pen you use the color can look saturated or slightly subdued. The ink behaves well on most papers however when I used it in Jinhao x750 on Leuchtturm 1917 the feathering was rather strong. I haven’t experienced it on other papers but there’s a risk it’ll appear on some, especially absorbent papers.

The shading potential is big. The ink feels watery and isn’t lubricated.


Ink splash

Drops of ink on kitchen towel


Software ID

Color Range

Tomoe River, Kaweco Skyline Sport, B

Leuchtturm1917, Jinhao x750, M(?)

Oxford, Jinhao x750, M(?)


3 thoughts on “Grenat – L’Artisan Pastellier Callifolio ink

  1. Very nice, is it me or is it similar to R&K Alt-Bordeaux? I think I still prefer Bourgogne.

    These inks amaze me. I bought five 40ml pouches for around $45 shipped, without trying any first. None of them have disappointed me. Nice colours, good behaviour, and cheap! What more can you ask for?

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