Ink Review #631: J. Herbin Vert Reseda


This week I’ve been reviewing inks sent in by readers and today’s is J Herbin Vert Reseda. I’ve heard this ink mentioned many times but never tried it before. I love teal inks and this one seems to fit the bill.


The color:

Vert Reseda is a pretty light teal.



In large swabs you can see some shading but no sheen.


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: Low

Bleeding: None

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

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was bleeding in the flex nib and feathering in all nib sizes.

Comparison Swabs:


Vert Reseda is similar to Colorverse Photon and Papier Plume Lake Michigan Summer, but both of those are a bit darker and have more shading. In writing Diamine Soft Mint is similar to Vert Reseda, but has a lot more shading. Click here to see the J Herbin inks together, and click here to see the teal inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used an Edison Beaumont Unicorn with a fine nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, I like the color of this ink, but it’s a bit too light for easy reading in small nib sizes. I like this ink best in medium nibs and larger. In writing it’s pretty similar to Diamine Soft Mint, but doesn’t have as much shading. Vert Reseda isn’t amazing enough to unseat Soft Mint, which has been a favorite of mine for a long while, so if I want an ink this color I’ll reach for Soft Mint over Vert Reseda.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by a pen friend, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.