J. Herbin Lie de Thé
It’s tea time! Put down that cucumber sandwich and pick up a bottle of Lie de Thé.
J. Herbin makes some beautiful inks, and Lie de Thé is one of my favorites. It is a well behaved ink with a honey brown color. One of my first bottles of ink was Lie de Thé, and after many years it is still one of my favorite browns. Lie de Thé is available in a 30ml glass bottle, a 100ml plastic bottle, as short international cartridges or in 3ml samples. This review was done with a Faber-Castell Ambition F, Lamy Safari B and on Rhodia No 18 blank paper.
Lie de Thé is a high shader, and that means you get a wide range of colors even with a fine nib. Honey caramel tones shade to richer pecan colors. In a broader nib the same range of colors are present, but the lighter caramel tones are more pronounced. I’ve noticed that the ink writes a little lighter than it eventually dries to.
J. Herbin inks tend to be on the dry side, but Lie de Thé has good flow. There is no feathering or bleedthrough on Rhodia paper, and dry times were average at 20-30 seconds. One surprising characteristic of Lie de Thé is its moderate water resistance. A top layer of pigment does wash away, but the writing is easily legible. It is a moderately saturated ink, but it has a high amount of shading.
While perhaps not technically a workplace appropriate ink, Lie de Thé is dark enough that you could probably get away with it. The longer one spends with Lie de Thé the more one appreciates the warm and inviting richness the ink has. If you’re in the market for a brown, defiantly try Lie de Thé.
As with any ink review, the pen, paper, and person doing the writing will influence the way the ink looks. If you’re not sure about a color, try a sample to see if it’s the one for you.
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