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J. Herbin

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. J. Herbin is the oldest name in pen inks in the world. “La Perle des Encres” (The Jewel of Inks”) was created in 1700.

The Company continued to develop new inks in the 19th century. They began production of India Ink (also known as Chinese Ink) in 1829. Their violet ink was the everyday color used by students during the Third Republic (1870-1940). They even developed a special black ink just for Victor Hugo, one of the greatest French writers.

Today, J. Herbin produces a range of beautiful fountain pen and calligraphy inks, writing instruments, gift sets and accessories. The inks are made in France, and the finishing touches on the bottles are still done by hand in Paris.