Monday, April 12, 2010
Aurora Blue fountain pen ink. One of only two kinds of Aurora inks available. (The other is black.) I'd heard a great deal about Aurora inks and their smooth writing capabilities and Kenro Pens was generous in allowing me to sample a bottle.
I know that Aurora pens are made in Italy, and I can only assume that the ink is made their as well, as I wasn't able to locate any such information on Aurora's website.
I've heard that some people have commented about the design of this bottle being too tall and narrow, but I find it the perfect size for serving my pens a drink.
Sometimes when faced with too many choices, I tend to get overwhelmed and simply shut down. In the last two years, I've probably tried about 20 different blue inks and quite honestly, they have all started to look the same.
So for me, I think sometimes less is more. This ink has been in use in a fine nibbed Lamy Safari, and in the past, this hasn't been one of my favorite pens because its been a bit of a dry writer. The Aurora ink in this pen is smooth, nice flowing and all around pretty well behaved.
I've been on the fence about picking a dark blue ink, having recently been liking Diamine's Majestic Blue (very saturated with a reddish sheen) and Sailor's Jentle Blue (super smooth but smells really bad....) and I'm thinking of clearing the shelf and just sticking with this one. Side by side, the Sailor is more green and the Aurora cooler in tone.
In this fine nib, (which writes more like an EF) there is some shading but it's hard to see.
The 45ml bottles range in price from $12-13 and can be found online at Swisher Pens and Pear Tree Pens.