We know that many of our readers love to use the deepest, darkest, most intense black fountain pen ink that you can find. Writer’s Bloc decided to do a simple comparison of some popular black inks and then pass the results on to you.
In this test we used a Clairefontaine drawing pad, a Brause calligraphy pen and a Q-tip.
Here are some characteristics of each ink:
Aurora Black – A true black color, good flow, not waterproof.
Pelikan Brilliant Black – Kind of a grey-black, not waterproof.
Noodler’s Black – A warm black color, "bulletproof", has a "creamy" feel against the paper.
Noodler’s Borealis Black – Water resistant, very penetrating.
Noodler’s Heart of Darkness – "Bulletproof", dries with a tiny bit of shine.
LAMY Black – A cool black with blue undertones, not waterproof.
In our opinion, the top three blackest black fountain pen inks are the Aurora, Noodler’s Borealis Black and Noodler’s Heart of Darkness. Alan’s favorite is the Borealis Black. What’s your favorite intensely dark black ink? (Click on the picture below to enlarge it.)