J. Herbin Large Spiral Glass Dip Pen – Review

Hi Friends! I received a J.Herbin Glass Dip Pen from The Goulet Pen Company and I thought I would share some thoughts on it! I hope you enjoy! :)

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This J. Herbin spiral glass dip pen is made of green glass and measures 7-7/8″ long. I found it felt really nice in my hand and the weight was balanced. The glass is beautiful and the nib was just the right amount of tooth for me.

This pen is great for fountain pen ink sampling! If you have/get a lot of ink samples, this dip pen would be perfect. For everyday use, I wouldn’t recommend – it can get tiresome to write (and dip) for long periods of time. I would use this for a short letter or card if I didn’t have a certain ink already in one of my fountain pens.

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I haven’t tried drawing with it, but I’ll be doing so and updating this entry with my findings :)

Pros:

  • great for sampling different inks /perfect for testing ink
  • cleans easily
  • writes a good amount before having to re-dip
  • would make a nice gift

Cons:

  • a little tricky, if you have never used one before
  • Nib can be a bit toothy, each one is different since it is hand made*
  • Not practical for everyday use (e.g. in the workplace)
  • A bit pricey

This dip pen is available at The Goulet Pen Company (Green one: J. Herbin Large Spiral Glass Dip Pen) for $25. I would recommend this pen to someone who like to sample different inks :)

*If nib is too toothy or scratchy, it’s possible to sand the tip with very fine sandpaper (Goulet Pens made a video )

Some of the inks used in the above sample are inks that I have reviewed before, as well as the paper used. Have a look:

Have you ever used a glass dip pen before?

Thank you for looking/reading!

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Images scanned in with minimal level adjustment (unless noted) and photos taken with Samsung NX mini (with and without flash).  As with any ink scans and/or photos I try to be consistent in color. What you see on your monitor might not be the actual color, but it should be a fairly close representation. I received this product from The Goulet Pen Company for the purposes of review. All opinions in this review are mine, and are not bias based on how I received it.

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  • Nice choice of inks to match the colours within the glass dip pen. I’ve never used one of these pens.

  • Thanks so much, Nick! It was definitely different than using my regular flex-y nib dip pens.

  • farmkiti

    I love the shading you got from the Waterman Mysterious Blue in this glass pen. Really made me think twice; I might just try a glass pen again, if only to sample different inks with. I might have to try that ink, too. Nice review.

  • Thank you so much, Farmkiti! Waterman Mysterious Blue is a definite favorite, it was part of the Oct 2015 Ink Drop: http://www.sjanemills.com/october-2015-ink-drop/ :)

  • Sparky Catkid

    For sandpaper you can use an artist block or just go to your local Home Depot/ similar

  • Thanks for the tip! :)