J Herbin Ink. La Societe J. Herbin, Maitre Cirier a Paris, established in 1670. Louis XIV, the Sun King, was 32 years old.
Generations of remarkable people, from Louis XIV to Coco Chanel, have used Herbin sealing wax. It is renown as one of the highest quality sealing waxes ever made. Herbin’s special lacquer formula improved the quality of the seals in adhesion and neatness, hence helping him to become famous throughout the kingdom.
The original J Herbin was a sailor, and from his many journeys to India he brought back to Paris formulas for manufacturing sealing wax and inks.
Herbin is the oldest name in pen inks in the world. “La Perle des Encres” (The Jewel of Inks”) saw the light in 1700. “L’Encre des Vaisseaux” (“Ship’s Ink”) appeared an unknown date before then.
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In 1798, Jacques Herbin, the 4th generation family scion, relocated the workshop and commercial establishment to Rue des Fosses-Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois in Paris.
It was a time of tumult, discovery and industrialization. The French Revolution was ending, and Napoleon was also beginning his ascent. This was the time when steel nib dip pens began to replace quills for writing.
Furthermore, Herbin continued to develop new inks in the 19th century. They began production of India Ink or Chinese Ink, in 1829. Their violet ink was the color used by students during the Third Republic (1870-1940). Herbin even developed a special black ink just for Victor Hugo, one of the greatest French writers.
Today, Herbin produces a range of beautiful fountain pen and calligraphy inks, writing instruments, gift sets and accessories. Herbin inks are made in France, and the finishing touches on the bottles are still done by hand in Paris.
These inks will help to make a big impression with your writing, because not only you is going to like how you write, but everybody else too.