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#1 chkuo

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 04:29



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Posted 18 February 2009 - 06:11

My favorite all-round black. Thank you for posting this.

#3 chkuo

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 06:41

I really like this black too. My only complaints are the slow drying time (the fact that it is a wet ink doesn't help) and poor water resistance. Noodler's Old Manhattan does not have these 2 problems, but the nib creep is very unsightly.

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 10:13

Aurora black and Herbin's Perle Noir are in constant ifhgt to see which one gets used...and I keep them both. Very nice black. I happen to like wet inks, so is just right for me.

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 11:08

QUOTE (Ondina @ Feb 18 2009, 10:13 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Aurora black and Herbin's Perle Noir are in constant ifhgt to see which one gets used...and I keep them both. Very nice black. I happen to like wet inks, so is just right for me.


How does Perle Noir's drying time compares to Aurora's?

I love Aurora black for its flow and darkness, but would like to use a faster drying ink.

#6 Ondina

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 11:23

Dries faster and is not so wet. Is my reference black and also very resistant to water and UV light. I get my Herbin inks form www.penandco.com . They ship for free worldwide if you order at least 3 bottles. My problem is I always want more then 3.....

Edited by Ondina, 18 February 2009 - 14:19.


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Posted 18 February 2009 - 13:00

QUOTE (Ondina @ Feb 18 2009, 11:23 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Dries faster and is not so wet. Is my reference black and also very resistant to eater and UV light. I get my Herbin inks form www.penandco.com . They ship for free worldwide if you order at least 3 bottles. My problem is I always want more then 3.....


Thank you for the answer. I'll give Perle Noire a try.

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 16:05

QUOTE (chkuo @ Feb 18 2009, 06:41 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I really like this black too. My only complaints are the slow drying time (the fact that it is a wet ink doesn't help) and poor water resistance. Noodler's Old Manhattan does not have these 2 problems, but the nib creep is very unsightly.


I like Aurora Black too. My only wish is that the PH was closer to 7.0 than it is. I know, I know that the Noodlers inks are all PH neutral, but there is something that makes me reluctant to fill my pens with any of them. I'm not the only one. Many of the older pen folks that I know have not used Noodlers either. My "reference" black used to be Rotring Dakota Black with a PH of 7.0 along with excellent water and sun resistance (per Greg Clark's book). Alas, it is long gone and the closest I've found so far to its properties is the Visconti Black.

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 09:36

I am smitten with Aurora Black. I gave it a shot with my Pilot M90 F after having heard so many good words on this ink. This ink has an excellent flow and nice rich black color.
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Posted 23 August 2009 - 05:14

One of my staples for a long time. Untemperamental and a great value.

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 20:47

My favorite Black ink too!

Nice review.

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 16:45

I love this ink and use it to write class notes for Calculus II. Makes math even more pleasant!
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#13 jorgerp1

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 22:22

The best black ink

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 00:54

Nice review, thanks.
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Posted 22 January 2010 - 19:07

Aurora Black is a very good ink. Excellent flow, well balanced, dark black, even the bottle is good. My favorite ink.

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 01:20

Still trying to like this one, but I'm afraid I don't understand fascination with it. In my opinion Waterman Black is much better ink.

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 10:40

Still trying to like this one, but I'm afraid I don't understand fascination with it. In my opinion Waterman Black is much better ink.


Adam, many fpn users on the left hand side of the pond seem to be attracted by blunt solid color. For the "black is black" lovers Aurora, with is dark as a black hole spectrum along with the perfectly balanced and safe properties is one of the top choices out there. Herbin's Perle Noire is its closest rival, noticeably permanent and similar behavior. I'm in love as well with blacks with an attitude, like the Waterman's Noire you mention. Elegant to an extreme. We should be grateful the market offers us choices, so we all can be happy!

Very nice review, thank you.

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Posted 25 January 2010 - 17:38

Whenever I get a new old (vintage) pen, first I almost always fill it with Aurora Black. If the pen won't write with Aurora Black, it probably won't write with anything. Usually I will leave Aurora Black in the new pen for at least 72 hours. It seems to me that the ink lubricates and cleans a pen.

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Posted 25 January 2010 - 19:14

Works great with my Namiki Falcon due to it's excellent flow.






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