This is the new ink from Aurora's line, and I'm glad to bring it to you so close after its release. It's been out for 2 or 3 weeks, I think, and I've used it in a variety of pens.
It's a little bit of a mixed bag. I really like the color of this ink. It's a great blue black. Just the right balance of blue and black, if you ask me. It also works really well on copy paper. No feathering or spreading, and just a few dots showing through. Excellent performance on this kind of paper from some really wet nibs.
On the other hand, it's a little bit too dry for me. I'm pretty sure that I have some pens which could benefit from a dry ink, but it doesn't really like my Pelikan m800, and that's a pretty wet pen. It works about as well in my Sailor HB nib as in that Pelikan's fine nib. The Pelikan actually feels a little rough with this ink. Kind of like a pencil. It's consistent, but I prefer a wetter ink with a smoother nib-feel (if you know what I mean).
Like I said, it's a mixed bag. I can't give it a whole-hearted endorsement, but it's got some great qualities. Check out the images below, and let me know what you think.
Oh! I've got a bottle of this ink to give away, courtesy of Kenro Industries. Scroll all the way to the end to enter to win! (USA shipping only. Sorry, but I'm sure you understand.)
Copy Paper Test
Tomoe River Paper
Currently Inked Journal (Wheat straw paper)
This is the new Col-o-Ring ink testing books made and sold by Well-appointed Desk. You can see my review of these cards here.
These are the ones that I had inked up. There are lots more of them at the end of the post. You can also look through lots of blue/black inks using the AndersonPens Ink Tool.
Water Test and Video Review
The turquoise and the red splotches here came from the other side of the paper towel I used to blot away the water. I'm a professional. That's what that is. Professionalism.
Extra Color Comparisons!
The Give Away!
To get yourself a free bottle of this ink, mailed anywhere in the USA (no international shipping), use the Rafflecopter above to enter. The give-away will run until 12am on April 2nd, and I'll contact the winner. They'll have 24 hours to send me their contact info, or I'll have to pick another winner.