(I'll try to add more information as time allows.)
My Impressions: Aurora Black is an excellent, dense, true black ink. What really sets it apart from its competitors is it's excellent flow qualities. Aurora Black, or Blue for that matter, is a good choice for a dry nib. However, given it's high price tag and lack of 'bullet proof' properties, it doesn't make it into my rotation very often. I prefer Swisher's Nile Ebony Swish mix (a combination of Noodler's black bulletproof ink and Swisher's fast drying line,) or just straight Noodler's black if it's for a pen that dries out easily. YMMV
FPN Color Category: Black
Opacity: Very Good
Saturation: Very Good
Drying Speed: Fair
Waterproof Rating: Good*
Sunlight Resistance: Good*
Special Features: None
Is it archival? (pH neutral & light fast): No
Avaliable in Bottles Only
Quantity: 45 mL (1.52163 ounces)
Bottle Shape: Tall and Rectangular
Purchased from: Pendemonium
Price per Ounce: $6.90
Would I buy it again? No, but I wouldn't pour it down the sink either...
Similar Inks: Pelikan 4001 Brilliant Black
Note: I had this bottle scented Violet by the good people at Pendemonium. The Violet actually smells pretty nice. (I haven't been as lucky with some of their other scented additives.)
I'll have to get back to you on:
Does it seem to flow particularly fast or slow?
Does it tend to dry up in pens quickly if the cap is off for awhile?
How does it lubricate the nib? (sufficiently, or like "skating on the paper")
Is there a phenomenal difference in appearance coming from different pens?
Is it particularly sensitive to hand oils?
Papers that it works especially well on?
Or doesn't work well on?
A note on my scans: the samples (unless otherwise noted) are done with a dip pen on cheap copy paper. Since I haven't quite mastered the art of not flooding or starving the reservoir, the feathering and smearing represent your worst case scenario. if you're using a paint brush on newsprint it might be even more appalling, but I haven't actually tried it.
Excellent: Top Performer
Very Good: Ahead of the rest of the pack, but not the winner.
Fair: Noticeably worse than average, but I wouldn't actually flush it.
Poor: As in, "Pour it down the sink."
*From Greg Clark's Ink Sampler, Final Edition
To convert mL to oz: http://www.metric-co...o-us-ounces.htm
Edited by DilettanteG, 29 October 2007 - 16:32.