Ink Review #580: Jacques Herbin Bleu de Minuit


Let’s take a look at Jacques Herbin Bleu de Minuit today, from the new Jacques Herbin The Essentials collection. The ink is available in 50ml bottles and cartridges.


The color:

Bleu de Minuit is a pretty, medium blue.

Unfortunately, my ink sample leaked in transit, so I didn’t have enough to do large swabs or ink drops.

Writing samples:

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

Dry time: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Medium-some of the ink washed away, but you might be able to read what it said.

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low

Other properties: medium shading, medium sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering and bleeding in all nib sizes, so it’s not an ink I would recommend for cheap paper.

Comparison Swabs:


Bleu de Minuit is similar in color to KWZ Azure #3. Click here to see the J Herbin inks together, and click here to see the blue inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Lamy Al-star Pacific with a fine nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink has an average flow.

Overall, it’s another nice blue ink. KWZ Azure #3 might be a good alternative if you have a hard time getting Bleu de Minuit in the US.

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.