The Office Supply Geek recently got complimentary samples from J. Herbin and shares his impressions.
The first writing sample above was done using the J. Herbin Vert Empire fountain pen ink in a Rhodia notebook with a cream color paper. The ink preforms really nicely on this paper writing very smoothly with little to no feathering and keeping a clean line. I should also note that the writing sample was done with my Pelikan M215 fountain pen with a fine nib. I think that the contrast of the green against the cream color paper here looks great, and is pretty easy on the eyes, creating a somewhat subdued look. The combination of this ink with a fine nib, and the Rhodia worked out well when it comes to the drying time. Within 2-3 seconds, the ink appears to be dry to the touch. The ink does show a very slight bit of bleed on the other side of the page, but I would say it is on par with other inks (outside of any black ink) that I have tested on the same paper.