The Color: This color is a great blue-turquoise color, but definitely more blue than turquoise. It reminds me of cheerful, summery blue that painters will often use to depict the ocean. It also looks exactly like the swatch on the box and as shown in the bottle.

On Paper: Like most J. Herbin inks, it looks great on paper and lives up to its expectations. If you have tried the disposable Pilot Varsity in the similar color, Bleu Pervenche is just a bit lighter and less saturated.

Consistency: Fairly saturated and consistent. It flows well and exhibits some slight shading. The first writing sample shown was written with my J. Herbin glass dip pen on Rhodia paper.


I wrote the next sample with a Pilot Varsity refilled with Bleu Pervenche on card stock.


The photo editing makes these writing samples look a bit washed out.  They are brighter and more vibrant in reality.

Other Considerations: Bleu Pervenche means Blue Periwinkle in French. Using this ink in business is “iffy” because on the one hand it is blue, but on the other hand, it’s a bit more fun. This one stays in my personal rotation and is a great, cheerful alternative to blue.

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Posted in: Ink, J. Herbin.
Last Modified: October 21, 2009

One comment on “J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche

  1. Isreal Knezovich

    Good content:) I am going to need a decent amount of time to absorb this blog.

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