Ink Review #455: J Herbin Bleu Calanque

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Today’s ink is J Herbin Bleu Calanque. This ink was released this year, and is available in 10ml and 30ml bottles. Let’s face it, chances are pretty good that I’m going to like it since I’m a sucker for all things teal. Thanks to Pen Chalet for sending a bottle over for review.

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The color:

Bleu Calanque is a beautiful blue-green, not quite a full teal, but not just blue either.

Swabs:

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In large swabs the in looks a lot more green than it does in writing.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 15 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: Low-there was some feathering in the flex nib on Rhodia.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: medium shadingno sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was just a little bit of feathering, and some bleeding in the flex nib.

Comparison Swabs:

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Robert Oster Torquay, J Herbin Bleu Calanque, and Diamine Marine. Click here to see the J Herbin inks together. Marine is a pretty good match, but is just a bit lighter than Bleu Calanque. Torquay has less green, and is more of a blue than teal.

I used a medium Lamy Al-Star Pacific Blue on an ivory Hippo Noto Notebook. The ink had an average flow.

I used a medium Lamy Al-Star Pacific Blue on an ivory Hippo Noto Notebook. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, it’s a gorgeous color, and it dries in a whopping 15 seconds, which is great. It’s a win for me.

Disclaimer: Thanks to Pen Chalet for providing a bottle for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but is not sponsored in any way.