J. Herbin Vert Olive


J. Herbin was established in 1670 and that means J. Herbin is the oldest name in ink production in the world. The company is famous for making ink for Louis XIV, and a black ink for the sole use of Victor Hugo, author of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Miserables. These formulas still reside in company’s headquarters in Paris. I believe it would be cool to bring them back in some special edition pack 🙂 Victo won’t mind I believe.

At the moment company belongs to Exaclair Inc, that has rights to brands like Clairefontaine, Rhodia, Brause or G. Lalo.

J. Herbin offers 30 standard colors:

  1. Ambre de Birmanie
  2. Bleu Azur
  3. Bleu Myosotis
  4. Bleu Nuit
  5. Bleu Pervenche
  6. Bouquet d’Antan
  7. Bouton d’Or
  8. Cacao du Bresil
  9. Cafe des Iles
  10. Diabolo Menthe
  11. Eclat de Saphir
  12. Gris Nuage
  13. Larmes de Cassis
  14. Lie de The
  15. Lierre Sauvage
  16. Orange Indien
  17. Perle Noire
  18. Poussiere de Lune
  19. Rose Cyclamen
  20. Rose Tendresse
  21. Rouge Bourgogne
  22. Rouge Caroubier
  23. Rouge Opera
  24. Rouille d’Ancre
  25. Terre de Feu
  26. Vert Empire
  27. Vert Olive
  28. Vert Pre
  29. Vert Reseda
  30. Violette Pensee

Vert Olive is an interesting ink with interesting color. It flows nicely and can be described as wet ink. It doesn’t offer amazing lubrication that would allow it to concur with some of Sailor inks but I don’t mind. I like it the way it behaves.

Vert Olive won’t cause any feathering or bleedthrough, and I’ve never experienced any clogging / hard starts with it. It looks really nice on the nib 🙂




It looks well on variety of papers as well. I think that when used in dryish and fine nibs it may have an issue of not being perfectly legible in all lighting conditions. However when used in broader/wetter nibs this should not be an issue as the level of saturation will be satisfying for most.



Ink Splash

(Fantastic Paper)

Drops of ink on kitchen towel

Color ID

Color range

Tsubame, Jinhao x750, medium nib

Leuchtturm1917, Jinhao x750, medium nib

No name notebook, Jinhao x750, medium nib

Oxford optic paper, Lamy Al-Star, medium nib

Water resistance


2 thoughts on “J. Herbin Vert Olive

  1. I love this ink, too. I agree a thousand times. Also that it does need a broader or wetter nib, or if you’re not using that, consider adding a drop of a darker ink, which can lead to fun results.

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