Aurora Blue/Black: Ink Review

Aurora Blue/Black Fountain pen ink splatter and LAMY AL-star

Aurora Blue/Black ink is considered to be the most accurate blend of blue and black. While some might say this is a boring ink, we disagree. The true blend of blue and black shines off the page. We love it and think you will too, so read more. 

Aurora Blue/Black Fountain pen ink writing sample
Aurora Blue/Black Fountain pen ink writing sample
Aurora Blue/Black Fountain pen ink writing sample closeup

Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • 30+ – If you're looking to take quick notes, be aware of the slightly longer dry time. For taking notes at your desk, or signing paperwork, we  don't see it being a problem.

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • Low – This ink gets messy when it comes in contact with water. I'd be careful if using it on your desk with drinks nearby.


  • Medium – You can see a slight difference between swabs 1 and 2, but between 2 and 3 there's really no difference. As you can see, it's a really great blend of blue and black.

Ease of Cleaning:

  • Medium – Darker inks take a bit more work to clean out of your pen, but it didn't require a lot of extra effort.


  • Medium – You could see shading with the medium nib, and the red sheen is beautiful especially when using this ink on Tomoe River paper!


  • Medium – This ink flowed really nicely. It would be fantastic for everyday use.

Packaging and Aesthetics:

  • Comes in a 45ml glass bottle
  • Tall, slender bottle which should be easy to fill from. It could, however, be difficult when ink is running low.


Inks Similar in Color:

Monteverde Blue black ink swab
Diamine Blue Black ink swab

It would be the perfect ink to use in a professional work setting, or when needing to sign formal documents. It's nice to have something a bit different from your traditional blue or black ink. WeI love that this ink will pop off the page in contrast to black text in a book or alongside black text in a printed document. You can rest assured that this ink won't damage your pens, so that offers a lot of peace of mind. Plus, if you're using the right paper, you can get some beautiful red sheen!

Close up of Aurora Blue/Black Fountain Pen ink with red sheen


Aurora Blue/Black ink swabs with some sheening

You can find a 45ml bottle of Aurora Blue/Black or a 2ml sample.