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J. Herbin Orange Indien Ink Review

J. Herbin’s Orange Indien is one of its most distinct colours
IMG_2569with its orange elephant logo on its trademark “D” bottles.  Some people using fountain pens might shy away from the bright colours and stick with the blacks and blues, but this is an ink that might change your mind.

The writing was done with a Serwex 362 on Rhodia 80gsm paper.


In general, J. Herbin inks are high quality, reliable inks. They are easy to clean, don’t bleed or feather too much, good flow, their colours are attractive. This writing sample was on Rhodia 80gsm paper, and there was zero feathering or bleedthrough on this paper. I even use this ink to mark tests on my school’s budget copy paper without too much problem.

IMG_2652This orange is one of my favourite oranges – not a bright, brilliant, flashy orange, but a more muted, rust-coloured orange. When I first got it, I thought it might be too dark, but I liked it as soon as I started writing with it. Its darker orange shade seems a little classier, a little more sophisticated. There’s also no problem reading the writing with the contrast against the paper.


Orange Indien is one of my favourite oranges just because it is a little bit darker and deeper in the orange hue, warm and fall-like. It’s a crisp colour, no matter what pen I write with. This ink shades quite well, and I’m disappointed you can’t quite see it in the close-up unless you look really hard. Its shading with a fine or medium nib pen (as opposed to a flex or italic) is one of those subtle things that adds a little complexity to your writing.

The one thing I have a hard time with on the ink is using the last of it from the bottle. Should you ever get to this stage in using a whole bottle of orange ink, you can always get a syringe to get the last drops to use in an eyedropper.


As well, it might be a little too exciting for the office, but every office needs a little spice once in a while.

Other reviews:
Rants of the Archer
seize the dave
Kate’s Scrapbook

Ink Review: Rohrer & Klingner Alt Goldgrun


Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Goldgrun

Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Goldgrun is one of the most popular inks from the Rohrer and Klingner line of fountain pen inks and it’s one of my favourite greens. The more I use it, the more it grows on me. The “Goldgrun” is German for golden green and the hints of gold you get are part of the reason it shades so well.

This green is one of the inks I recommend most for teachers! I think quite a few years ago there was a push to use colours other than red for marking, as the red might be “too intense/angry” for students. Greens, purples, turquoises, oranges are all great. Of the greens, this is a bit of a more subtle green, not too bright or harsh.

The writing sample was done on Rhodia 80gsm paper with a Lamy Safari EF Nib.


Writing Sample – Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Goldgrun with Lamy Safari EF

While writing with an EF nib generally doesn’t give you enough line variation to show a lot of shading, you can still see a little in the close-up of the writing sample!

This is an ink with good lubrication – one of the few inks that I can use in my Lamy EF and still write smoothly. It’s got average dry time, and pretty good in terms of not feathering even on cheaper paper.


Elsewhere on the web:
The Laurel Tree
Nothing Spaces
Yolin Moon (not in English but beautiful use of the ink!)


Ink Review: Rohrer & Klingner Leipziger Schwarz (Leipsician Black)

Roher & Klingner’s Leipziger Schwarz (Leipsician Black) was one of the first inks I got when I first started writing with fountain pens. I like black inks, and I really like a lot of things about this black ink in particular.

Rohrer & Klingner is a German company who makes all sorts of inks and fluids for lithography and calligraphy and writing.



Rohrer & Klingner Fountain Pen Ink – Leipsician Black

I wrote with a black Kaweco Sport in a fine nib, which is generally a smooth writing pen, and on Rhodia 80gsm paper. I like the look of the bottle itself, which may have actually been one of the original reasons I bought the ink…but now of course I know better, and know that you can’t judge an ink by its bottle.



On Rhodia paper, no feathering and no bleedthrough, but it’s great paper, so you might get a some feathering on copy paper.

The ink is pretty heavily saturated – I get a nice dark line, which I love, without too much shading. The little shading you might see in the close-up writing sample is probably more to do with my inconsistent writing pressure. It’s smooth in my Kaweco pen, which is generally a good writer with most inks.

It’s not a waterproof ink, with a pretty long dry time – with a wet nib it could take up to 15-20 seconds to dry – so probably not the best for lefties or working in the jungle.

You can see some hints of blue or charcoal in it if you’re writing with a very dry nib, but it’s a great black for everyday writing or for the workplace.



La Plume Etoile on the whole line of Rohrer & Klingner Inks
Fountain Pen Network Review by Mafia Geek