La Societe Herbin, Maitre Cirier (master wax maker) a Paris, was established in 1670. The original J. Herbin was a sailor, and from his many journeys to India he brought back to Paris formulas for manufacturing sealing wax and inks.
From the beginning, they were famous for making one of the highest quality sealing waxes ever made. Herbin is also the oldest existing manufacturer of pen inks in the world. "La Perle des Encres" (The Jewel of Inks") was created in 1700!
Many famous people, from king Louis XIV to Coco Chanel, have used Herbin sealing wax and Herbin even developed a special black ink just for Victor Hugo (author of “Les Misérables”).
Today, Herbin produces a range of exquisite fountain pen and calligraphy inks, writing instruments, gift sets and accessories. Herbin inks are made in France, and the finishing touches on the bottles are still done by hand in Paris.
Herbin inks use all natural dyes and are very pH neutral. They are water based, with good flow and dry fast.
Herbin and Brause calligraphy products are sister companies, we decided to group them here, under the Herbin brand.
Founded in Iserlohn (Germany) in 1850, Brause manufactures steel nibs for writing, drawing and calligraphy. These nibs are considered to be among the finest on the market. Today, the company is part of the Exaclair group and is a sister company of Rhodia, Clairefontaine and J. Herbin among others.
We recommend J. Herbin calligraphy ink for use with the Brause range.