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J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Ink Bleu Ocean

Things are hustling and bustling over here! We’ve had our grand re-opening this weekend, and that first Saturday we were open, there was a lot of, “oh yeah, converters, right…we need those to sell with the pens” or “hmmm right…those notebooks come in dot grid and ruled…”, We had a busy Monday with errands and some family obligations, but there’s no rest for the weary!

I kind of thought that after we opened, it would be all settled and we could relax and enjoy some coffee while sitting back in the new shop. There are still ink samples to be made, a few items lost in the wilderness of half-unpacked boxes that need to be rescued, some scary looking boxes of “miscellaneous” goods. I think Jon’s biggest disappointment in moving here is that the coffee machine is in the apartment, so he has to leave the shop, walk through the packing area and into the apartment to refill his mug…

We have a few boxes of inventory from some of our distributors, and we have more expected soon, which we’re really looking forward to. We tried to keep our stock as even as possible gearing up for the move, but now that we’re here, we’ve been scrambling to fill up the missing stock.

But the big news is that we just got our shipment of J. Herbin’s 1670 Anniversary Bleu Ocean! We’ve had a lot of questions about these inks and when they were coming, but we’ve been a little distracted by the moving.

Bleu Ocean J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Ink from Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca Toronto, Canada

If you’ve been in our new shop, you’ll know that there are four steps down from the entrance. When the Canpar delivery man arrived with the two giant boxes of ink stacked on his trolley, he and I both looked down the steps. I was going to call Jon to help him lift the boxes down the steps, but before I could, the Canpar guy just wheeled them right now, with an oomph and a bump at every step. I almost had a heart attack. I mean, it’s not that I have trust issues with all new delivery people on this side of town, but…that’s some exciting ink I’ve got packed in those boxes.

The Bleu Ocean is a reformulation of one of the now three 1670 Anniversary Inks from J. Herbin. Rouge Hematite has been around for a while, a rich red ink with goldish green sheen, which I used for basically all of my Christmas cards. Stormy Grey came last year, grey with gold flakes, and there was a bit of a crazy rush to grab those few bottles in the initial shipment, but we’ve got more now. The grey is really also a beautiful ink because there aren’t too many great grey inks, and this one has some really spectacular gold in it.

Stormy Grey J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Ink from Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada

They’ve just released this new Bleu Ocean, which is a blue with gold flakes. One day I’m going to convince Jon I need an Ahab for each of these inks and do some side by side comparisons, but for now I just have the one Ahab, and I don’t think I can bear to flush out this Bleu Ocean in it right now…

J. Herbin Bleu Ocean Anniversary Ink 1670 from Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada

It’s a dark, rich blue, but really, if you’re getting this ink, it’s for those gold flakes…

J. Herbin Bleu Ocean 1670 Anniversary Ink from Wonder Pens, wonderpens.ca Toronto, Canada

J. Herbin Bleu Ocean Anniversary Ink 1670 from Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada

The writing samples above were with my old trusty Ahab, on Rhodia 80gsm paper.

J. Herbin Bleu Ocean 1670 Anniversary Ink from wonderpens.ca Wonder Pens Toronto, Canada

Even just the bottles for these 1670 Anniversary Inks are beautiful! It’s a square bottle with a thick, heavy glass base. It has a waxed cap and also a wax seal on the front with the 1670 imprint. The wax on the cap is pretty soft, so you will probably be able to open it without breaking or cracking the cap.

J. Herbin Bleu Ocean 1670 Anniversary Ink from Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca Toronto, Canada

This is “perfect” for a work ink with a little pizzazz – you know, if your boss can handle a little shimmer in life 🙂

And, as a side note, after we posted the video of the moving of the furniture to set up the shop, we’ve had a few customers comment to Jon that they were impressed by all the furniture moving he did and how manly he is and how tired he must be. Jon has just accepted these compliments like there’s nothing to it. I just want to point out that while it appears that Jon is doing most of the moving, if you look closely at 0:58 of the video, there is some mysterious ghost moving that vintage sewing desk around, and that ghost would be ME. That’s right, me, moving furniture, while taking pictures. Multi-tasking.

J. Herbin Wax Seals – Supple Wax and Brass Seals

J. Herbin Supple Sealing Wax Brass Seals at wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada  J. Herbin Supple Sealing Wax Brass Seals at wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada

We’ve occasionally had thoughts about bringing in sealing wax and supplies from J. Herbin, but we’ve never actually pulled the trigger. So many letters and symbols for the seals, so many colours and types of wax!  In the last few weeks, however, we had a customer special order some sealing wax (Hi, Shannon!), and we figured no time like the present. I’ve been working on responding to a few of the letters we’ve received over InCoWriMo, and seeing some of the beautiful wax seals coming in didn’t hurt either.

We’ve now got a few colours of supple sealing wax from J. Herbin in the shop and online.

J. Herbin Supple Sealing Wax Brass Seals at wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada

Sealing wax has a wonderful history in securing letters to prevent spies and nosy mother-in-laws (just kidding!) from pouring over your deepest thoughts. It was also used to authenticate or certify things like proclamations – kind of like how you get an embossed seal from a notary public if you need something certified. In ye old days, it was coloured with vermilion, making it waxy and red, which is why red or burgundy is usually the traditional colour we see even today on certificates and wedding invitations.

Nowadays, thanks to the swift and unstoppable Canada Post (and federal laws), wax seals are a bit of a non-issue, and most used for ceremony – again on things like certificates or sending hand written letters.

J. Herbin Supple Sealing Wax Brass Seals at wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada

The original stuff was meant to crack and break when the letter was opened, and actually today, it’s still available in its earliest formula as “traditional” “Cire Banque” sealing wax from J. Herbin. The boxes have an irresistible vintage flair to them (so irresistible, I had to get a box myself…), but it’s a big box – it comes with ten sticks, each as long as the box. This traditional wax won’t make it through the postal system, so it’s good for hand delivered items, certificates or just decoratively.

For letters going through the mail, you’ll want to use supple sealing wax or flexible sealing wax. This stuff is a bit bendier, so it doesn’t break. I think the postal system uses a lot of rollers to pass envelopes through in sorting, which is why there’s a different rate for letters/papers going through flat, and a big jump to envelopes (parcels) that contain 3D objects, even if they are quite flat, since they can’t be processed mechanically.

J. Herbin Supple Sealing Wax Brass Seals at wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada

I waffled quite a bit about which seal I wanted. C for Chan? W for Wonder Pens? S for Super?? I ended up with the Anchor. Jon said it’s very reminiscent of the Sailor logo, which is …an anchor, but there’s just something about the romance of something coming from afar and oceans away (even though 95% of my letters are within Canada).

J. Herbin sells the brass seal with the symbol or the letter separately from the handle. If you’re interested special ordering either a brass seal (15$) or handle (14$). Send us an email (info at wonderpens.ca) if you are interested in special ordering one of the seals below.

J. Herbin Brass Seals

J. Herbin Supple Sealing Wax Brass Seals at wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada

Getting it onto the page is a little bit of trial and error and common sense – you can use a lighter or match to melt the end of the stick as it drips onto the page, or you can hold the wax stick over a candle while rotating wax stick so the melted wax doesn’t drip in, then rub the melty part onto the page. I’ll try to do a how-to post over the next bit, but it does come down to a little practice, getting a feel for how much wax you need, and how long to wait before pressing in the seal.

In the colours of supple sealing wax, we are currently offering this midnight blue (my favourite!), burgundy, ivory and gold. You can purchase an individual stick or a full box of four hereWe’re hoping to carry a few more colours of the supple wax in the next little while.

J. Herbin Supple Sealing Wax Brass Seals at wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada

In my current daily life involving diapers, mashing bits of food that apparently aren’t tasty, and trying to keep the dog from licking the baby, playing around with sealing wax was one of the highlights of my day. Here is one of many possible combinations of mixed wax – ivory and gold.
  J. Herbin Supple Sealing Wax Brass Seals at wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada

J. Herbin Supple Sealing Wax Brass Seals at wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada


This is just another way to add a bit of old world to your letter writing, a bit of flourish and thoughtfulness. To take the time to write to a friend, to create a wax seal, to take a walk to the post office – this is just a way to pause in our lives and say hello.

How to Fill a Piston Fountain Pen with Ink

Using the Noodler’s Nib Creaper Piston-Fill Flex Fountain Pen, which we just did a review on here.

We just got in our Noodler’s Pens (and a few new inks!), and we figured we could take some pictures on filling the Nib Creaper as we inked it up for testing.

The Creaper is a piston-fill or piston-filler fountain pen.


For piston-fillers, you don’t need a converter or cartridges (as the pen has the “converter” built right into the pen barrel”) so all you need is a bottle of ink. Here, we’re using J. Herbin’s Poussiere de Lune.


You can see the piston rod through the clear barrel – it moves up and down to draw ink into the barrel of the pen itself.

ImageStep 1: Twist the back of the pen so the piston rod is all the way down. It’s like a syringe, so as you twist the rod back up, ink will be sucked up into the barrel of the pen.


Step 2: Submerge the nib and the lower part of the grip section into the ink bottle. Don’t be afraid to get the pen inky, as you can wipe it off easily. If you don’t submerge the nib far enough into the ink bottle, you’ll end up drawing air into the barrel.


Step 3: Twist to draw up the piston rod and ink. You will probably get a small air bubble because there is air in the feed to begin with. If you want it as full as you can get, try emptying the ink and drawing it up again a few times. Generally speaking, piston-fill pens hold much more ink than cartridges or converters, so you’ll get quite a bit of ink.

ImageStep 4: Wipe off any drops of ink.


And off you go! Because you drew ink up through the feed, your feed should already be wet and should write without too much hesitation or skipping.