I received this lovely French J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage ink as a Christmas present but its lovely green colour seems perfect for this month. J. Herbin claims to be the oldest ink company in the world as it was established in 1670, the same year as the Hudson’s Bay Company got its royal charter to exploit the land that became Canada. This made me wonder what kind of ink the early fur traders used. I submitted a question to the Hudson Bay archives and I’ll keep you posted with what I learn.
The Lierre Sauvage (“Wild Ivy”) is one of their La Perle des Encres (“The Jewel of Inks”) fountain pen inks. This line was launched in 1700 so, not surprisingly, the inks are made from natural dyes. There are thirty other colours in this line, all advertised as being non-toxic and pH neutral.
I was really happy to get this ink because I was having trouble with my fountain pen and wondered if the ink I was using was to blame. I read somewhere that Noodler’s ink has a reputation for causing problems with fountain pens (although many online dispute that) so I was happy to try a different brand to see if it made a difference. So far I have had no problems with the J. Herbin. It flows smoothly and I love the slight variation in the green tone. Now I am only using the Noodler’s Ink in my Noodler’s pen.
Another special thing about this ink is the wonderful glass bottle. It has a little lip on the front to rest your pen on.
If J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage ink were a person, they would be French of course. A bit old-fashioned maybe but the wild look in their eye lets you know they will be a lot of fun.