First Impressions: 3
Typical case and packaging but no better than what my Namiki Vanishing point
came in a few years back. My Conklin Nozac and Visconti Van Gogh also came in
nicer cases considering the MSRP of $295 on the Talentum. My Van Gogh even came
with ink. This is not a gripe just stating the facts. The pen does look good laying in it
but that’s about it. Literature includes a users manual but very very basic. It talks
about very strict quality control and that they “produce their own nibs”. I have
verified this through phone calls to Aurora and everything they do including nibs
is in-house, producing 15 different nibs from Extra-Fine to Broad Oblique
for left handers.
Appearance and Finish: 5
Excellent, and just what I expected. Silky smooth black resin with a
deep gloss, lots of barrel to grasp. Everything fits and feels correct and very shiny
chrome accents. Screwing and unscrewing the cap puts my
Pelikan M605 to shame. This pen has an Omas quality to it. The smoothest feel I got
unscrewing a pen cap off of a barrel, which had no metal threads was on an Omas
Ogiva, very smooth and tight. Second to that is my Visconti. This Talentum comes close to
my Visconti. Fit and finish of the chrome accents also equals my Visconti and
which it should. The chrome caps at the ends I feel are actually plastic and not metal
to keep the pen light.
Very nice clip but a little to much tension. Sits perfect in a shirt pocket. I think
Aurora pens have some of the nicest clips and are the most aesthetically pleasing in
a shirt or jacket pocket.
This is where the pen is Topnotch. Design, shape and weight all come together for
me with this pen. Outstanding. For me there is nothing that can be improved here.
Just looks good all around and feels awesome in hand. If there was a category of
pens that were on
the light side and also, on the large side, this pen would be in it. Omas Ogiva owners
know exactly what a larger, light pen feels like…this is one of them.
I like my pens with the cap posted and the balance is absolutely perfect. With all
the metal at the clip, I was expecting it to be top heavy but it isn’t. Writing with the
cap off, there is still plenty of barrel to have a nice balance. To best describe the size,
in length its between a Pelikan 600 and 800 series pen with the girth of a 1000
Nib Design and Performance: 4.5
Aurora nibs are a little toothy by nature, as some of us have learned on FPN and
other sites. But for an x-fine nib it is actually smoother than I expected. The only pen
I have for comparison is a Vanishing Point with a fine nib and the Namiki is definitely
not as smooth as this xtra fine Talentum nib. My wife not happy with her Van Gogh,
has it out for a nib swap to a fine nib from a medium so, when that comes back I can
also evaluate that compared to my Talentum.
Since I do printing and lettering as a Draftsman with lots of note taking I actually
like the look of a thinner line compared to what you get with a medium nib FP.
I like this nib a lot!!!! It’s a tad stiff with a slight spring to it but I would not say it had
a slight flex. It is a very nice size nib with nice decoration and very nice looking.
However, forget about the street price just for one second, with Aurora setting MSRP
at around $300 I have seen better looking nibs. Maybe I have gotten used to my
Visconti 2-tone nib too much.
A big plus for this pen and selling point is the interchangeability of nibs between the
88 and Optima.
Filling System: 4
I am being nice in giving it a 4. It works perfect for a converter and
fills up full with no quirks but for the size of this pen, a piston would fit perfectly.
Then again, if this pen was a piston filler the price would be right up there with the
Optima. In the next picture you can see Visconti wins by far for best looking
I got it from Pencity.com for $149.00 plus shipping, which for a new
Talentum is a deal compared to the other street prices hovering around $200.
Pencity.com also backs it up with a 30 day return policy even if it was inked!!!
Pencity.com actually gets a 5 rating, not the pen for value. If we all had to pay the
MSRP of $295 then I would say the value would be a solid 4 but thank goodness we
I have heard and read a lot about these pens being toothy or the nib
providing feedback, and everyone was right. I think the toothy feel of these pens is
obviously a design characteristic. Sometimes the smoothes of my Visconti makes me
ask questions like “why didn’t I just buy a rollerball!!! I know of course there are
other reasons to own a fountain pen. This is precisely what I am finding out about
fountain pens; different pens from different manufactures make up the
characteristics of these pens. I think if all nibs were smooth and perfect the fountain
pen market would be very boring.
In Auroras defense I think they want you to have somewhat of a feel of what paper
you are writing on and to respond to the feedback you are getting from the nib.
Also, if you have never owned a Visconti or Stipula you probably wouldn’t say it was
toothy anyway. Maybe and maybe not.
I was a smooth like butter nib kind of guy, but now I really do enjoy the differences
of what manufactures put out in what they think a pen should be (a side from bad
quality control of course). This is not a pen to shy away from because the nib isn’t
described as buttery smooth. It’s actually a good thing. For an xtra fine nib this
particular pen is actually smooth with outstanding ink flow and excellent
feedback. I would by another one!
Below are: Visconti Van Gogh / Aurora Talentum / Pelikan M605
Edited by PinarelloOnly, 31 August 2006 - 12:53.