It's hard to narrow down what ink to use, even once you've decided on the color. We have over 100 blue inks alone on our website! It's good to start with what's most important to you about your ink - price, color, properties? Once you start there, you'll be able to narrow down your choice.
With so many blue inks out there, I haven't yet had a chance to try Aurora Blue. It's featured in this month's Ink Drop called The North Wind, so I thought now's the time! It's a beautiful shade of blue that is vibrant but not distracting. It's super wet making it an easy ink to write with. Let's take a look...
- Lamy Al-Star with medium steel nib (also EF and B nib)
- Rhodia No. 16 dotpad, 80g white paper
- Tomoé River white paper
- Moleskine notebook
Smear Test (Dry Time):
- 25 seconds - This ink is super wet, so it took some time to fully dry. But by the 30 second test, I didn't see it move.
Drip Test (Water Resistance):
- Low - This ink does not offer any water resistance. Because it's so wet, the ink smeared a lot when I rubbed the wet q-tip across the drip test grid. If you spilled some water on your journal while using this, it could get pretty messy. I'd be curious to try it as an ink wash.
- Medium - You can see a difference between swab 1 and 3 and you'll notice an intense shade of blue in swab 3.
Ease of Cleaning:
- Medium - Nothing crazy, but I noticed the ink didn't come right off the nib when I went to clean it. You may need to take a little extra time when cleaning this ink out of your pen.
- Low - Not much shading in this ink. You may see a slight difference in color in your letters, but it won't be widespread. Overall though, this color blue is gorgeous.
- Wet - This ink is super wet! I loved the flow, and this made the writing experience super smooth. But it could easily smudge while it's waiting to dry.
Packaging and Aesthetics:
- 45 ml bottle
- Bottle design is tall, which could be difficult to fill from when it is near the end
Overall, I think this is an awesome choice if you're looking for a blue ink. It'll flow well in all pens, and offer something a bit brighter than your average blue ink, while still being professional. I can also see this being a great ink to sketch or draw with. You can find Aurora Blue in a 45ml bottle for $18.50 and as a sample for $1.25. Aurora Blue also comes in cartridges made to fit Aurora pens for $6.50.
What's your experience with Aurora inks?