We’ve already seen Aurora Blue Black in a (normal to me) Aurora Optima with fine nib. And from the wispiest of nibs, a Lamy 2000 extra-fine. To see what Papa Bear makes of the ink, I pulled out a Montblanc with broad nib.
Aurora Blue Black. This new ink seems like a winner: it’s a darker blue black, with nice shading, and good behavior, that’s very legible and gives a feeling of purpose and firmness. Like a boss, in every way.
Ink Dips is a more casual, and potentially moronic, ink evaluation than is normal here at Fountain Pen Follies. Instead of carefully evaluating an ink I’m interested in, the point of Ink Dips is to blindly pick an ink sample from a box of the neglected or nugatory. Then I fill that sample into one pen and see what I think. It’s an exercise that’s a bit dippy.
Rohrer & Klingner Verdura. There’s nothing wrong with Rohrer & Klingner Verdura, but I can’t say that it’s an especially interesting shade of green, either. I found this ink absolutely fine, even cheerful, but probably not the green for me.
My spring special edition Field Notes subscription, the Utility Edition, arrived yesterday, and I really like this one, which was a nice surprise. It also seems to have paper that’s good with fountain pens.
Ink Dips is a more casual, and potentially unsettling, ink evaluation than is normal here at Fountain Pen Follies. Instead of carefully evaluating an ink I’m interested in, the point of Ink Dips is to blindly pick an ink sample from a box of the sadly not loved and not blue. Then I fill that sample into a pen and see what I think. It’s an ink experiment that’s a bit dippy.
Diamine Blaze Orange. This is just a magnificent orange ink, at a great price. It’s hard to think of an orange ink that is easier to recommend. If I may, the ink may be orange, but Ink Dips has struck gold. (Thank you, I’ll be here all week.)
I’m wretchedly sick today — along with the whole family — but my friend Mike sent me this link which perked me right up. The video shows an amazing ink collection, and some amazing pens, too. In case you haven’t seen this, do click. Great video, great collection. Wow.
Ink Dips is a more laid back, but potentially painful, ink evaluation than is normal here at Fountain Pen Follies. Instead of choosing a carefully curated ink, with Ink Dips I just blindly pick from a box of substandard and set-aside samples. You know the story about William Tell shooting an arrow at an apple set on his kid’s head? Ink Dips is an experiment like that, except the fellow holding the bow is drunk and hates you. That’s how it was this week.
Pelikan Edelstein Sapphire. I knew when I started Ink Dips that there would some I didn’t like. But the first three were awesome; in fact, there is one I wish I could buy. The ink I picked for this week was Pelikan Edelstein Sapphire.
Ink fans, great news. Aurora is bringing out a new ink: Aurora Blue Black.
As you know, I’m a huge fan of Aurora pens, and also of their two inks. Aurora now offers Aurora Blue and Aurora Black, two excellent inks that I use often. In fact they are the only inks I’ll trust in my Aurora Optima demonstrators. Aurora inks flow well, look great and are safe and easy to clean.
So what could be better than extending the Aurora ink line and adding a Blue Black? Nothing! Aurora Blue Black looks dark, and really appealing to me. If it has the same characteristics as its two parents, it should be beautifully behaved. I’m looking forward to it.
I don’t actually know when Aurora Blue Black will be for sale. I’m not sure if this is public information yet. My Aurora dealer is Dan Smith, the Nibsmith, and all he would tell me is that he’ll have Aurora Blue Black for sale as soon as it’s out.
Hey, though, one last thing. Feel free to post the news elsewhere, but if you do so, please do the fair thing: either link to this post or mention Fountain Pen Follies. That’s what I do, and I’d appreciate the same courtesy.
KWZ Iron Gall Green #4. This is a very easy-to-clean and very low-maintenance modern iron gall green, in an interesting shade of green, that is very well behaved on poor paper, and gives a different look in different pens. I think a wetter writer brings out its best qualities.