Green is my favorite color, if you haven’t guessed already, and yellow-greens like lime, avocado and olive are my favorite, favorite greens. So, it was only a matter of time until I broke down and purchased the J. Herbin Vert Olive ($9 per bottle or $6 for a tin of six cartridges) which appears to be right in my color “sweet spot.” I was hesitant though because I’ve had a long string of not-quite-right green pens in my life and I was really hoping I wouldn’t end up with a whole bottle of disappointment.
When I was finally brave enough to uncap the bottle, I was pleasantly surprised. In the swab test, the color looks a little pale, like a lemon-lime Kool-Aid but when I filled my TWSBI Mini and actually wrote with it, it ended up being a more concentrated lime-peel green. It absolutely glided out of my pen and while it was a little lighter when wet, it darkened as it dried.
I think Vert Olive and I are going to have a long, happy life together.
What’s your favorite color and have you found the perfect fountain pen ink in that color?