Ink Review - Pilot Iroshizuku Aurora Blue

Hello, Chrissy here and today I’m reviewing Aurora Blue ink.

Aurora Blue is a rich sapphire blue ink that leans slightly more purple than several other sapphire blue inks

It’s a really attractive shade of blue.

This is the first time I’ve written with Aurora Blue ink and I was very impressed with it.

It is a well behaved ink that didn’t suffer from any starting issues when I put the uncapped pen down to do swab tests, dry times and water resistance.

It dried within 12-15 seconds on the Clairefontaine Triomphe paper and didn’t smear after it was dry.

Aurora Blue ink is available in 45ml glass bottles from The Writing Desk.

  • Flow Rate: Very good.
  • Lubrication: Very smooth.
  • Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.
  • Start-up: Immediate.
  • Saturation: Not saturated
  • Shading Potential: Some nice shading seen.
  • Show-Through: Some seen on Rhodia DotPad and Tomoe River 52gsm papers.
  • Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: None seen.
  • Nib Creep / “Crud”: Not seen, even after several days in the pen.
  • Staining (pen): Not seen after 1 week - easy clean-up.
  • Staining (hands): Washed off of my hands after two washes.
  • Clogging: Not seen.
  • Water resistance: Not sold as waterproof, but shows a little water resistance.


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