I'll just say, right at the top, that this is a really excellent black ink. It's deep and dark, and the flow is on the wet side, but it doesn't feather, bleed, or spread.
This review was written with my Faber-Castell Basic's medium nib. It's a fairly wet nib, all by itself, but with this ink it's extra wet and smooth. Great stuff.
|I took these pictures post-water test, obviously. Sorry for the spoiler.|
There's just a little bit of sheen to this ink if you put it down thick enough, but you're not going to see it very often.
Sorry about the cross-out in the picture below. I thought that I had Aurora black in that pen, but I think it was a Duke ink instead. Whoops.
Chromatography & Comparison:
Since these inks look so close, let's see what's inside each of them.
Similar, right? Both have a greenish-grey base with notes of black and blue at the top. Interesting that they're so similar, huh? It almost makes me think that there's some re-branding going on with this ink.
Oddly, when I did smears of each ink on a Lamy test pad that I had on the desk, they actually look quite different. It's cool how much difference the paper makes.
You'll remember that I said that there is a little sheen in this ink? The next picture shows it. I didn't see it this strongly in the smears I did on Rhodia, but this Lamy paper really brings it out.
Check this ink out at Anderson Pens, where it sells for $30 per 75 ml bottle. That looks a little steep, but it's actually exactly the same cost per ml ($0.40) as you pay for Aurora. The Aurora bottles are just smaller.
Water Drop Test and Review Video