Monday, September 26, 2011

Color! In Which Dr. Inkenstein Swatches

Dr. Inkenstein already suffers from Too Many Loaded Pens Syndrome, so when in the mood to play around comparing and contrasting inks, I don't want to load another fountain pen.

Most of these ink swatches were done with cotton swabs, then a glass dip pen, and therein lies the problem.

Can you say 'frustration?'  I'm sure you can.  None of my glass dip pens wanted to write (The swab below is Herbin Poussiere de Lune).

Enter The Goulet Pen Company.  Dr. Inkenstein eagerly watched a video demonstrating glass dip pens and knew something was wrong.  Mine were not writing like the pens in the demo.

The glass pens in question did not come from Goulet, but a now-defunct art supply store.  I'm pretty sure they were not J Herbon.  I don't even recall the brand.

After some intensive Customer Service courtesy of Brian Goulet, I conducted a science experiment and found out one of my culprit pens actually had a broken tip.

Out came the manicure tools.  In a matter of minutes, Dr. Inkenstein had inhaled a lungful of glass dust, and the pen was writing.

Then my new J Herbin glass pen arrived.  BIG difference.  Smooth as, well, glass.  Right out of the box.  Ink is happy.  Dr. Inkenstein is happy.

Colors prettyyyy.


  1. love this post! thanks for the comprehensive comparison. The J.Herbin Rouille D'ancre has been calling my name for a little while now. I really, really like it, and am surprised because it's not in my typical color group that I tend to gravitate to. What is the mystery purple ink that you have on the last page? Is it a homebrew? Just curious.

  2. The amoeba-like blob? No, it's actually J Herbin Poussiere de Lune. I had written the name on the blob but the blob laid down too opaque for anyone to see.

    It's a nice color; I recommend it!

  3. PS: I had to squint at the scan to see what I had written there: 'Planet Poussiere,' lol.


  4. Will your post samples using both the new & the repaired pen?

  5. I don't know much about the differences in pens and such but I really love the colors on the first page!