Now this is more like it! I bought an Aurora Optima on the strength of other FPN raves about Aurora and could never get past the glitziness of the green and gold; I have a couple of vintage 88s which are lovely but not the same, so finally, the Europa arrives and ahhhh. Looks good, not too overstated, now lets see what all the hoo ha is about!
APPEARANCE AND DESIGN
I like it. The swirling Black and white is impressive without being over the top; the silver band on the cap depicting a train and representing the industrialisation of Europe is chunky and a contrast to the minimal bling elsewhere on the pen, but works well and looks good. The Blue gem on the top of the cap (a la MYU 90) is a nice touch (it probably represents something too but I didn’t check). I even like the very personal looking (almost hand engraved) LE model on the top of the cap (white on black). IT makes you feel your pen is special even before you start to write.
Posted or unposted, the look still works. This pen, like other modern Auroras, has the ink view window – how I wish my beloved Omas, or Stipula, or Visconti would do the same on all their pens (yes, I know, duetto, vedo, - but not enough). Natually in this pen, I’ve added Aurora Black ink so the window maintains the theme – which it does…beautifully.
The barrel is all black, and this too works well. The silver accessories all blend in beautifully with the pen.
WEIGHT AND DIMENSIONS
All good. Posted, nib to jewel, about 15.5cm long and 1.5 wide; unposted, lets say 12cm.
NIB AND PERFORMANCE
Oh THIS is what all the fuss was about!
This 18K white nib with attractive scrolling is an absolute delight to write with. Although it’s a medium (and I’m usually a fine or cursive italic person) this nib is heaven to write with. Not as smooth as the Visconti’s, it adds just a touch of tooth that really involves you in the writing process and makes it a joy. There is a touch of flex here; but not much to speak of.
Piston of course – don’t talk to me about any other. Smooth, effective, good capacity and you can see it working through the ink-view window. Excellent
COST AND VALUE
The Europa doesn’t seem to be that easy to find and, once again, I have a fellow FPNer to thank. Merci beaucoup, where-ever you are. Good value, for a high quality pen.
The Aurora hype has finally materialised. An attractive pen that is involving and enjoyable to write with; and comfortable to hold and write with all day.
0-50 = to be avoided at all costs
51-60 = if it’s cheap and you don’t really care….
61-70 = a nice pen with the makings of something better (just don’t spend too much)
71-80 = A better than average pen with just a few flaws that stop it from being really good
81-90 = A good pen, a keeper only a few minor places off being great
91-95 = Now THIS is a pen! If you can get it: keep it, love it, cherish it, and keep it away from the dog
96-100 = Grail
Edited by youstruckgold, 02 December 2009 - 10:26.