Ink Review: Aurora Black

Aurora Black Fountain Pen Ink Review

€13 for 45 mL bought at La Couronne du Comte.

Note: For full details of my ink review methods, click here.

Aurora Black Fountain Pen Ink Review

First Impressions

Aurora Black is a very wet, black ink.

Aurora Black Fountain Pen Ink Review

Bottle

The Aurora Black bottle is a taller, square-based, glass bottle. It ships with a plastic stopper under the screw cap which is impossible to remove without getting ink all over your hands. Besides the annoying stopper, the bottle is fairly unremarkable. I image it becomes rather difficult to fill a pen once the ink is more than half used up.

Feel

Aurora Black is a wet ink. I have got the impression it wants desperately to feather and bleed, but yet it behaves.

Aurora Black Fountain Pen Ink Review

Dry time

AuroraBlackk takes a solid 15 seconds to dry. More than once, I’ve closed my notebook only to have my notes turn into a Rorschach inkblot.

Aurora Black Fountain Pen Ink Review

Colour

Black. Or more accurately, very dark grey.

Aurora Black Fountain Pen Ink Review

Chromatography

Exposing Aurora Black to water revealed some purples and yellows, but the dominant shade is a grey.

Shading, saturation & sheening

Aurora Black is a nice, solid black ink. There is a hint of shading. It’s not the perfectly saturated, absence-of-light black ink I dream of. I have the impression that the ink soaks into the page and loses its blackness as it dries. There is a slight brown sheen when the ink is really slopped onto the page.

Durability

Aurora Black Fountain Pen Ink Review

Solvents

Please don’t try these solvent tests. Some of these chemicals can be dangerous, alone and/or when mixed

Water: Nearly resistant – some smudging but line integrity maintained.

Isopropanol: Completely resistant

Hydrogen peroxide: Nearly resistant – some smudging and lightening but line integrity maintained.

Ammonia (Window Cleaner): Nearly resistant – some smudging and lightening but line integrity maintained.

Bleach: Partially resistant – colour removed but line remains visible.

Aurora Black Fountain Pen Ink Review

Erasabality

This ink is not erasable.

Smell

Aurora black has a mild soapy smell – not the smell they add to soap, but the smell of soap itself.

Final Thoughts

Because of its durability, Aurora black is an ink I’m glad to use for documents or notes that are vulnerable to splashes. I’m disappointed that it’s not a perfectly black black ink, but it will do for now.

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