The Quo Vadis blog had another green and orange ink giveaway for St. Patrick’s Day. This giveaway is a bit special because I was sent J. Herbin’s Vert Olive at last year’s giveaway, which was my first review on La Plume Etoile. Karen sent me Vert Pre to try this year.
The Color: Vert Pre is a bright and cheerful green that instantly evokes images of spring and summer. It is similar to Vert Olive, but brighter and more casual. Vert Olive has more of a yellow tone and has a more formal feel.
On Paper: The swatch below was done with an Esterbrook 2442 nib in a dipless set. Its flow quality is in the middle of the wet/dry spectrum. Vert Pre’s shading really impressed me and I was able to get noticeable shading on different types of paper.
Consistency: Saturated, yet gentle, like all other Herbin inks.
Other Considerations: Not much to report here – the ink performed wonderfully when I tested it and is consistent with the quality of other J. Herbin inks. I have read complains from other reviewers that Vert Pre has poor flow; but I have not loaded it myself yet to make that determination. I need more pens to fill!
Overall: Another great ink from my favorite ink brand.
Purchasing and Pricing: A 30mL bottle runs between $7-10 depending on the retailer and is available at most online retailers catering to fountain pen and ink users.