Aurora Blue/Black: Ink Review

Hi ink enthusiasts! Margaret here, reviewing the latest ink from Aurora. Aurora hasn’t introduced a new ink in quite some time, so the news of Aurora Blue/Black ink has been well received in the fountain pen community. They took over 6 months to develop the most accurate blend of blue and black, and have taken great care and consideration in making sure this ink is safe for all fountain pens. Spoiler alert – I love this ink. Read on to find out why!
Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • 30+ – If you’re looking to take quick notes, be aware of the slightly longer dry time. For taking notes at your desk, or signing paperwork, I don’t see it being a problem.

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • Low – This ink gets messy when it comes in contact with water. I’d be careful if using it on your desk with drinks nearby.

Saturation:

  • Medium – You can see a slight difference between swabs 1 and 2, but between 2 and 3 there’s really no difference. As you can see, it’s a really great blend of blue and black.

Ease of Cleaning:

  • Medium – Darker inks take a bit more work to clean out of your pen, but it didn’t require a lot of extra effort.

Shading:

  • Medium – You could see shading with the medium nib, and the red sheen is beautiful especially when using this ink on Tomoe River paper!

Flow:

  • Medium – This ink flowed really nicely, and I especially liked it in the Lamy broad nib. It would be fantastic for everyday use.

Packaging and Aesthetics:

  • Comes in a 45ml glass bottle
  • Tall, slender bottle which should be easy to fill from. It could, however, be difficult when ink is running low.

 



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Summary:
I really enjoyed using this new ink from Aurora! It would be the perfect ink to use in a professional work setting, or when needing to sign formal documents. It’s nice to have something a bit different from your traditional blue or black ink. I love that this ink will pop off the page in contrast to black text in a book or alongside black text in a printed document. You can rest assured that this ink won’t damage your pens, so that offers a lot of peace of mind. Plus, if you’re using the right paper, you can get some beautiful red sheen!

 

You can find a 45ml bottle of Aurora Blue/Black at GouletPens.com for $18.00. A 2ml sample is also available for $1.70. Aurora Blue/Black is also available in cartridges for $6.50.

What ink do you prefer to use in a professional setting?

Write on,
Margaret

2017-10-13T17:55:28+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Ink Reviews|10 Comments
  • David L.

    I love that ink!!! And the sheen!! Looks to be one of the best blue blacks out there. In a professional setting, black or blue black is my choice. This ink fits the bill!

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Definitely a great choice for the work environment šŸ™‚

  • Kathy

    I love this blue/black. Very fond of the Diamine Blue Black as well, but it appears the Aurora has more sheen. That reddish sheen is just perfect. I generally don’t use black inks, but blue blacks are great. Seems this one will be at the top of the BB list. It’s in my cart now! Just waiting for the Lamy Petrol to order….

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Good choice, Kathy! Petrol should be here soon then you can have some new goodies on the way to you!

  • Smithman

    Margaret–thanks for the nice informative review. I just got my sample of Aurora Blue-Black from Goulet. ( I held up my order until it was in stock; that’s how much I wanted to try it.) I like that you right away see that it’s different, but you may not really notice the exact color at first. I’m pretty sure it will be one of my two standard blue-blacks.

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      How exciting! I’m glad you found it worth the wait on your order after all! What is your other standard blue-black?

      • Smithman

        Noodler’s 54th Massachusetts, as I also like that color and find the water resistance helpful often. I keep my Platinum 3776 Century filled with that, even though most pens get inks switched with every fill. I haven’t decided which pen to dedicate to the Aurora. It looks nice in my Visconti Michelangelo with medium nib, but I want to try some others before I decide. I really want to see how it looks with a stub nib.

        • Lydia At Goulet Pens

          Wonderful ink! That is a great choice. Best of luck finding the perfect pen for your new ink šŸ™‚

  • Tom Johnson

    The final 14+ years of my career was in nuclear manufacturing, all official (archival) documents were written in and signed in black ink. I only used fountain pen inks for non-official writing until I discovered Noodler’s Bulletproof Black ink in 2009, then I started using my fountain pens all over the place, knowing they were more permanent with this ink than all the other ballpoint and gel pens (I tested all 3 and confirmed this). Plus, the gorgeous rich black was far more distinctive then any of the ballpoint writing. Today I would use any dark ink, blue, blue black, dark brown, even El Lawrence in an office (but black for the archival documents). I had a pen recently inked with Heart of Darkness. I wanted to switch to Liberty’s Elysium and filled the pen/converter with LE without flushing out the residual HOD ink. The result was a blue-black much like this Aurora blue-black and I liked it for the distinctive blue color that still came through. I plan to experiment to get the right ratio of the two inks, probably 1:10 or less to duplicate that. Margaret, these ink reviews are very important, so glad to see them continuing, thanks.

  • Aquaria

    I’ve been using Aurora Black for my standard black ink needs for a while, even though it’s so button down and serious that I’m a little afraid of it. But I like the looks of this blue-black.

    I do find it a little strange for Aurora to come up with this color, because their blue ink has always had just enough gray and depth of color to border very close to blue-black in my experience. But this is definitely closer to that sweet spot between blue and black that distinguishes most blue-blacks. I have plenty of blue-black since I have a huge 350 ml bottle of Pilot Blue-black, but maybe a sample wouldn’t hurt…