Ink Review: Blue by Aurora

After receiving the Aurora Black from Pen Chalet in early April, I was thoroughly impressed and knew that I wanted to try Aurora Blue too. Like the black, this ink is a good performer.

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Goulet Pens Pen Chalet The Writing Desk Stylus Fine Pens
Price / 45 ml Bottle $18 US $15 US £11 $18 CAN
Price / ml $0.40 US $0.33 US £0.24 $0.40 CAN
Writing Sample on Rhodia 80 gsm

Writing Sample on Rhodia 80 gsm

Back of Rhodia 80 gsm

Back of Rhodia 80 gsm

Writing Sample on 20lb copy paper

Writing Sample on 20lb copy paper

Back of 20lb copy paper

Back of 20lb copy paper

Writing Sample on Field Notes - Front and Back shown

Writing Sample on Field Notes - Front and Back shown

Ink Properties

Shading: While you wouldn't choose this ink for it's shading properties, it does have some subtle shading.
Bleed Through: Copy paper experiences spot bleeding but Field Notes and Rhodia fair quite well.
Show Through: Most people would consider the back side of Copy paper unsuitable for use. Field Notes and Rhodia are perfectly serviceable.
Saturation: Average saturation.
Sheen: None.
Water Resistance: This ink has almost no water resistance.
Drying Time: Exceptionally long, more than 40 seconds using an EF nib on Rhodia. 
Flow: Average flow. Higher than average lubrication. The nib just glides along.
Cleaning: Average. 

Colour Make Up

Chromatography Sample

Chromatography Sample

Just a lovely blue throughout the ink trace.

Similar Inks

Here is Aurora Blue compared to several other popular everyday use blues. 

Conclusions

I really like this ink. It isn't as fantastic as the black variant but it is a solid blue and would be a good candidate to fill that spot in anyone's ink collection. There is something to be said for a company that focuses their ink production on only two inks and makes sure that the inks do their job well.

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