Herbin La Perle des Encres Calligraphy Set


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Herbin La Perle des Encres Calligraphy Set

This Perle des Encres vintage school wooden box set from J. Herbin features one wooden nib holder, five writing nibs as well as one 30 ml bottle of Violet Pensee ink. The history of violet ink: Since the time of Napoleon I,  French pupils wrote with violet ink, which was the cheapest ink. This particular ink was made with violet of methyl, a solution known for its disinfectant properties. Although steel nibs were invented by the Romans, they only began to be mass produced in the 19th Century. Up until 1970, steel nibs were compulsory writing instruments in French schools and universities.

Set contents:

  • Herbin Ink Violet Pensee 30ml bottle
  • Wooden nibholder
  • Nibs: 1 each, Steno 361 (Blue Pumpkin), Brause #46 Cito Fein, Brause #65 L’ecoliere, Brause #50 Pfannen nib as well as the Brause #85 nib.
  • All in a beautiful wooden box with a slide lid

Find our selection of individual Brause writing nibs here.

About the ink:

J. HERBIN, the oldest ink maker in the world, has been producing stunning writing and drawing inks since 1700. Popular with students and professionals alike, their fountain pen inks provide a smooth writing experience in any pen and are especially know for their reliability. Each 30 ml bottle has an integrated pen rest. They are known as “D” bottle pen inks. The “D” refers to the old French unit of measure “la Demi Courtine”.

  • Dye-based fountain pen ink
  • Glass bottle design
  • Non toxic and pH neutral
  • Water based
  • Flows smoothly and is fast drying
  • All natural dyes
  • Made in France

J. Herbin was established in 1670, when Louis XIV, the Sun King, was 32 years old.

J. Herbin is also the oldest name in ink production in the world. By 1700, the company was producing “l’Encre de la Tete Noire,” followed by “Perle des Encres,” (The Jewel of Inks) and “l’Encre des Vaisseaux” (The Ink of Ships).

J. Herbin made ink for Louis XIV, and a black ink for the sole use of Victor Hugo, author of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Miserables. These formulas still reside in our company headquarters in Paris.

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