We are continuing through the Jacques Herbin Essential Inks with Bleu Austral. The ink is available in 50ml bottles and cartridges.
Bleu Austral is a dark blue with a hint of green.
In large swabs the ink has some pretty bright pink sheen, but it’s easily smeared.
Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.
Dry time: 20 seconds
Water resistance: Low
Feathering: Low-the ink feathered on Rhodia in all nib sizes, but was fine on the other papers.
Show through: Medium
On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering in all nib sizes, and a little bit of bleeding, so it’s not an ink I would recommend for cheap paper.
I used a TWSBI Eco Pastel Blue with a fine nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink has an average flow.
Overall, I love the color, but it has a bit more feathering and bleeding than I prefer, and it does smear rather easily. Robert Oster Blue Denim and Blackstone Sydney Harbour Blue are great alternatives.
Disclaimer: I purchased a sample of this ink from a group buy. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.