Ink Review #583: Jacques Herbin Gris de Houle


We are continuing through the Jacques Herbin Essential Inks with Gris de Houle. The ink is available in 50ml bottles and cartridges.


The color:

Gris de Houle is a medium cool grey.



In large swabs the ink has some lovely shading.


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: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

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

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.

Comparison Swabs:


Gris de Houle is closest to Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun, but it’s not quite as purple. Click here to see the J Herbin inks together, and click here to see the grey inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a TWSBI Eco Pastel Pink with a fine nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink has an average flow.

Overall, it’s a nice grey ink, well behaved and with some nice shading. The color is a bit light though, for everyday use.

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.