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#1 ttakacs

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 01:52

The Archivi Storici collection takes its name from Aurora's retrieving of original mechanisms from the 1950s (in perfect working order, tested and guaranteed by Aurora laboratories).
This retrò collection recalls all the appeal of the fashions of those years: the hooded nibs, the bows for the lady's pen, the satin silver and gold.
All items come with a certificate of authenticity and guarantee, as proof that they're original productions. ...

[reproduced from Giardino Italia Web site]

This, the only piston-filled Aurora of the Historical Archives collection, is not a reproduction but an original Aurora 88p, one of the later models, assembled from original parts retained by Aurora, and rebranded the Aurora Archivi Storici 022.

The Presentation
The pen comes in a sturdy cardboard square (18.5cm) box that is 5cm in height. The pen sits in a black leather-like, hinged pen case with the familiar red Aurora logo on the satin inside and a discreet logo on the top of the case. A card attesting to the authenticity of the pen is included. Also in the package is a chunky glass bottle containing I would guess 15ml of Aurora Blue ink. The bottle itself appears to be unbranded; it is wrapped in a cardboard sleeve that, so far, I have resisted removing.
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All in all, understated, tasteful packaging that makes a good impression. My only quibble is that there is easily room in the box for a full (45ml) bottle of ink.

The Pen
The AS 022 barrel and section are in black, brushed satin resin, and the cap is brushed satin chrome. The piston and section rings are polished chrome. The nib is a 14k firm, medium nib that tends more to fine-medium. The cap fits very snugly, by friction fit. It actually takes a bit of effort to remove the cap, but despite the closeness there does not appear to be any rubbing of the cap against the black resin. Posted, the cap also fits snugly with no evident damage to the barrel. Befitting a new pen, the ink window is clear with no ambering.
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Comparisons
The AS 022 is 13.5cm capped and 14cm posted. In the photos below are a Montblanc 144, Parker 51, AS 022, and Aurora 88. Capped, these four pens are essentially the same length. Posted, the AS 022 is the shortest. The four pens are lined up with the narrowest pen at the left. The 144 is almost too small for my hand. The Parker 51 and AS 022 are almost the same girth; the Aurora 88 is largest in diameter. Indeed, due to its girth the Aurora 88 is a "big black pen" that feels hefty in the hand, but its superior styling (by Nozzoli) does not make it look bloated. The vintage 88 is simply a beautiful pen. Its little sister, the AS 022, feels substantial but also more compact and has its own elegance. I don't have an accurate kitchen scale to weigh them, but I would guess that the 88 and 022 weigh the same.
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Writing
The AS 022 filled readily with ink (Sailor Jentle Blue). On Clairefontaine, the nib has a bit of the "tooth" that Aurora nibs are known for. Nib is firm but not rigid or stiff. As others have noted, the nib runs slightly on the fine side of medium; but on a more porous paper (such as copier) it writes a true medium. On a wetness scale of from 1 to 5 (driest to wettest), I would put the AS 022 at a 3.

As one might expect from a classic pen, when posted the pen balances well. (To me, almost every fountain pen seems too short when unposted.)

Conclusion
Great looking, fine writing, well-built vintage pen that was new out of the box. At a price shipped to me of $115 (purchased from Sierra Trading Post, which is now out of stock). What's not like?

Threads on FPN: http://www.fountainp...rchivi-storici/,
http://www.fountainp...25&hl=Aurora 88;
http://www.fountainp...howtopic=111001;
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=46063

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 02:08

Nice. I really like the brushed finish on the 022.
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Posted 27 April 2010 - 02:09

You're killing me! Not hours ago, I went to Sierra Trading Post to order this pen with my recent pen sale revenues and a 25% off coupon, only to find them sold out. This pen is definitely on my list, especially since I've enjoyed using my 88P so much recently. Still, I might have found other sources.... :ninja:

How do you compare the "grippiness" of the 022's brushed surface to that of the 88's smooth finish?

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 05:55

i like the look of the vintage ones. this brushed finish reminds me too much of the L2K. which is a lot cheaper ;) less expensive than the Aurora.

nevertheless... a beautiful pen. enjoy it.

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 09:28

Thanks for the review - these are gorgeous pens!

I got mine recently from this seller on eBay, which still has some available.

I was considering a Lamy 2K recently, but found it too big for my hands - the Archivi Storici is sleeker and just right.

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 11:30

Thanks for a great review. I love the look of the brushed resin barrel as its similar to the lamy 2000.
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Posted 27 April 2010 - 12:17

Nice review ttakacs.

i like the look of the vintage ones. this brushed finish reminds me too much of the L2K. which is a lot cheaper ;) less expensive than the Aurora.


But the Aurora is assembled from vintage parts, so in a way it's arguably a vintage pen (even if assembled a few years ago). The Lamy L2K you can buy one of those whenever you want, not so with the Aurora 022 or any of the other pens in the Archivi Storici collection.

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 14:46

Nice review, thanks. Really nice looking pen in particular like the brushed cap.
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Posted 27 April 2010 - 22:58

Nice review ttakacs.

i like the look of the vintage ones. this brushed finish reminds me too much of the L2K. which is a lot cheaper ;) less expensive than the Aurora.


But the Aurora is assembled from vintage parts, so in a way it's arguably a vintage pen (even if assembled a few years ago). The Lamy L2K you can buy one of those whenever you want, not so with the Aurora 022 or any of the other pens in the Archivi Storici collection.

oh, i understand it's assembled from the vintage parts. it's the look of the brushed finish i don't like. it LOOKS to much like the L2K. i don't think the Aurora from old have that look.

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 23:50

i like the look of the vintage ones. this brushed finish reminds me too much of the L2K. which is a lot cheaper ;) less expensive than the Aurora.

nevertheless... a beautiful pen. enjoy it.


It is a fair bit like the 2000 finish-wise, yeah - though it's got the doué/metal-cap-on-resin-body thing going on, and I'm a huge sucker for that.

Maybe I should get a Lamy Edition 2000 and switch the caps with my regular 2000. :hmm1:
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Posted 28 April 2010 - 00:00

i like the look of the vintage ones. this brushed finish reminds me too much of the L2K. which is a lot cheaper ;) less expensive than the Aurora.

nevertheless... a beautiful pen. enjoy it.


It is a fair bit like the 2000 finish-wise, yeah - though it's got the doué/metal-cap-on-resin-body thing going on, and I'm a huge sucker for that.

Maybe I should get a Lamy Edition 2000 and switch the caps with my regular 2000. :hmm1:

i see what you mean. maybe Lamy should make the steel cap edition of the 2K.

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 00:12

The AS 022 is an outstanding workhorse pen. Not a surprise given that it's essentially an 88P, one of pendom's great pens. I'm a huge 51 aero fan, and I think the Aurora is arguably a bit better given it is a piston filler with larger ink capacity than the aerometric 51, and it has a convenient ink window that the 51 lacks.

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 00:28

I ordered one of these from Sierra Trading thinking it was a large size pen --like a Pelikan M800--always thought the Aurora 88 was bigger. It is too small for my hand and too fine a line BUT My wife has adopted it and LOVES it!! It is perfect size for her beautiful little hands and she loves a fine nib and has been wanting a piston filler in fine for some time--great deal on a great pen. It is nice to have my wife so interested in pens now--she actually wants to see the pens I bought when they arrive in the mail.
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Posted 28 April 2010 - 00:36

I ordered one of these from Sierra Trading thinking it was a large size pen --like a Pelikan M800--always thought the Aurora 88 was bigger. It is too small for my hand and too fine a line BUT My wife has adopted it and LOVES it!! It is perfect size for her beautiful little hands and she loves a fine nib and has been wanting a piston filler in fine for some time--great deal on a great pen. It is nice to have my wife so interested in pens now--she actually wants to see the pens I bought when they arrive in the mail.

The modern piston filling 88 is bigger than the AS022/88P, similar to a 146.

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 00:40

Nice review ttakacs.

i like the look of the vintage ones. this brushed finish reminds me too much of the L2K. which is a lot cheaper ;) less expensive than the Aurora.


But the Aurora is assembled from vintage parts, so in a way it's arguably a vintage pen (even if assembled a few years ago). The Lamy L2K you can buy one of those whenever you want, not so with the Aurora 022 or any of the other pens in the Archivi Storici collection.

oh, i understand it's assembled from the vintage parts. it's the look of the brushed finish i don't like. it LOOKS to much like the L2K. i don't think the Aurora from old have that look.




I described it as a Parker 51 in a tuxedo. But I meant it as a compliment. Still, the cap was a little too... dressed up for my taste.

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 23:04

A very cool pen. If pens had personalities this one would be a fashionista with attitude.



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Posted 15 May 2010 - 20:39

Maybe I should get a Lamy Edition 2000 and switch the caps with my regular 2000. :hmm1:

Nah, there's something lost in translation from the Italian to the German...

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The 88 Archivi Storici 022 compares more to Parker 51/21 pens than the Lamy 2000, in my opinion. Here are some measurements:

Lamy 2000: 138.5mm closed, 123.5mm uncapped, 13mm diameter at the widest
Aurora 88 Archivi Storici 022: 135.5mm closed, 125.5mm uncapped, 11.5mm diameter at the widest
Parker 21: 133.5 closed, 118mm uncapped, 11.75mm diameter at the widest
Parker "51": 137 closed, 126.5mm uncapped, 11.8mm diameter at the widest

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 21:33

Gorgeous pen! I'd love to know where you can get one for 115$, cant find em that cheap anywhere!

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