Ink Review #447: Aurora Black

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Let’s take a look at Aurora Black. I have heard about this ink from a million people who love it, so I finally decided to give it a try. I purchased my sample of ink from Vanness Pens.

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The color:

Black is a great basic, dark black, very saturated.

Swabs:

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In large swabs there is just a little bit of sheen.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 40 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: no shadinglow sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was just a little bit of feathering, and some bleeding in the flex nib.

Comparison Swabs:

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Colorverse 1 Sunspot, Aurora Black, and Sailor Jentle Black. Click here to see the Aurora inks together.

Diamine Onyx Black, Pilot Iroshizuku Take-sumi, and Pelikan Edelstein Onyx. Click here to see the black inks together.

Longer writing:

 I used a broad Pelikan M805 Ocean Swirl on an ivory Hippo Noto Notebook. The ink had a wet flow.

I used a broad Pelikan M805 Ocean Swirl on an ivory Hippo Noto Notebook. The ink had a wet flow.

Overall, it’s a great basic dark black. It is a bit expensive at $18 for 45ml, but has a nice wet flow. I added a full bottle to my wish list, since I love it as an everyday black.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and is not sponsored in any way.