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Aurora Optima


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#1 PinarelloOnly

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Posted 03 April 2010 - 03:12

I sat on my wallet for the longest time when it came to buying this pen. So, when I turned forty this year I decided to splurge on myself.
I also couldn’t wait any longer as the prices on these pens have been creeping up and up. With the weak American dollar and the price
of gold going up it was time to buy seeing that the prices on these very popular Aurora pens are not going to go down anytime soon.



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The Aurora Optima needs no introduction on this forum, it is a very beautiful pen.



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The beauty of this pen is not only the aesthetics but the function of it’s size. When posted, it is a pen that is comfortable, well balanced
and light. Even writing with it un-posted the pen doesn’t “feel” small since it maintains the thickness of a larger pen.

The extra fine nib on my Optima has a similar but ever so slightly thinner down stroke compared to my Aurora 88 fine nib with a definite
difference in line width on the side strokes. The best way to describe the Aurora EF line width, is that dependent on the ink you use it pretty
much falls in between the Aurora fine and Namiki VP Fine.



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The newer (new for me since '02') Slovenia made Sheaffer Skip blue and blue/black inks are not only well matched with the Aurora piston fillers,
it made me say good-by to my Waterman inks!! Aurora blue is still tops and not as “watery” on some papers like, high quality bonds, when compared
to the Skrip inks. If you own an Aurora, Sheaffer Skrip should be at the top of your must try list.

I love this pen :notworthy1:


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#2 orangeaurora

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Posted 03 April 2010 - 03:47

Congratulations on your new Optima. The black is very classy, and I must say that your photos are works of art!

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Posted 03 April 2010 - 03:54

Lovely photos. Though I would love to see a close up of the nib. Great Purchase :thumbup:

#4 Breck

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Posted 03 April 2010 - 03:59

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous photos. I second the request for a nib close-up. And perhaps a writing sample?

Text-wise, a useful, concise review, to boot!

#5 tanalasta

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Posted 03 April 2010 - 04:38

Beautiful.

And many thanks for the description comparing the nib width which was most useful. I think Aurora Optima nibs are hand finished so there may be some variability (similar to MB).

Trying to decide between a fine and an extra-fine in an Aurora Luna at the very moment in time but tentatively ordered a fine.

Enjoy your pen!
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#6 Ed Ronax

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Posted 03 April 2010 - 11:48

Lovely pen and nice review, thanks.
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#7 PinarelloOnly

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Posted 03 April 2010 - 18:57

Thank you everyone for the compliments, much appreciated.

#8 Brian

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Posted 03 April 2010 - 19:56

Good photos. Pen is very sophisticated and sober in black and silver. I like the imprint too as it lends old world charm.

#9 IWantThat

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Posted 03 April 2010 - 20:10

Mmmmmmm, that's purdy Posted Image Thanks for sharing the photos!
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Posted 03 April 2010 - 20:33

That's a very classy Aurora Optima. I own several Auroras and love them all--I know you'll enjoy this pen for years to come. And, yes, I would like to see a closeup photo of that nib along with a writing sample! Very, very nice photos by the way!

#11 ethernautrix

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Posted 03 April 2010 - 20:48

Gorgeous photos! I especially love the first three. WOW!

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#12 TheNibsmith

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Posted 03 April 2010 - 23:47

Fantastic photos! Very well done! Thank you so much for sharing.
I had an Optima with a Fine nib and that classic Aurora 'feel' to it. I enjoyed it but rarely used it. I may look for another one with a Broad nib and then stub it.

#13 tanalasta

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Posted 04 April 2010 - 13:12

Dannzeman: Aurora make a factory stub and italic.
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Posted 04 April 2010 - 17:50

Very nice photos

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Posted 04 April 2010 - 19:44

I really enjoyed your review of that pen especially the pictures. Any price range for this pen?. I would love for http://www.writingin...entreviews.com/ to have your review. Would you mind if grade the pens according to the template on the site so I can upload it. I want others to know about such beautiful pen.
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#16 PinarelloOnly

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 03:58

Thank you ethernautrix, brian, iwantthat, santander02, tanalasta, dannzeman and dannyboy.

#17 LWB

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 05:28

Beautiful photos....one of two pens on the top of my list.
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Posted 05 April 2010 - 23:03

Those pics have got me drooling, great photo work. I wish I had that kind of money to spend on a pen...perhaps one day.

#19 MidnightBlue

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 23:31

Looks like a cross between a Montegrappa Miya and a MB 149..........I like it a lot. Thanks

#20 JefferyS

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 23:38

I have the lesser sibling, the Aurora Talentum, and it is a wonderful pen. The Aurora looks fabulous.
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