Ink Review: Black by Aurora - @PenChalet

In March I contacted Pen Chalet and asked if they would be able to provide ink for review on the blog. Ron was nice enough to provide a bottle of Aurora Black and I am very grateful that he did. This ink has exceeded my expectations and has been loaded in one pen or another ever since it has arrived.

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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: There is no shading to be found, just a deep, dark black.
Bleed Through: Copy paper experiences spot bleeding but Field Notes and Copy paper 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: Highly saturated.
Sheen: None.
Water Resistance: This ink is prone to bleeding when water is introduced, while the writing is still legible, it is a bit of a mess.
Drying Time: Very long, 35 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

This is not the ink trace I was expecting. The leading edge is comprised of an indigo blue bordering on dark violet and backed up by a green toned grey. Very odd.

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Conclusions

I really like this ink. It would be nice if there was better water resistance but I'm not going to let that stop me from using it. The two aspects that locked it in for me were its wonderful lubrication, the nib just glides across the page, and the darkness of the black. I think everyone should have a bottle of this on hand.

Other Reviews For This Ink

The Clicky Post 
The Gentleman Stationer
Gourmet Pens 

Solicitation Disclaimer

I reached out to Pen Chalet and asked if they would be willing to supply a sample of this ink. I do not feel that my opinions of this ink have been affected by receiving the bottle free of charge.