Jump to content

The Fountain Pen Network uses (functional) cookies. Read the FPN Privacy Policy for more info.  To remove this message, please click here to accept the use of cookies






Photo

Aurora 88 Review


  • Please log in to reply
27 replies to this topic

#1 lowks

lowks

    Vintage

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 695 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 10 September 2010 - 04:51

Aurora 88

Sometimes life can throw you a nice surprise. I got this Aurora 88 from Peter Jahchan after advertising on the green board looking for an Aurora 88, he so happened to have an Oblique Medium nib, the rest as people always fondly say, is history.

History

I really did not expect much from the nib ordering this pen, as I have read some pretty unfavorable review for Aurora nibs in terms of it being smooth. The best people have said is that the nib is good but you have got to live with a bit of feedback from it. At that point I had with me 2 Auroras and wanted to know what is all the fuss about 88 that I read about. For as cliche I risk sounding this review can never to justice to this pen, itís nib defines for me what is ďsmoothĒ. You know that pen you think about when people describe how their pen is buttery smooth ? Itís this pen for me. Some people have even expected feedback from an Aurora nib, so that brings us to the nib performance ...

Nib Performance ... 6/5!

This nib totally blew me away. Itís so smooth itís like using a felt tip on glass! Itís even smoother than the numbers I sent to be customized by JM! If you forced me to own up to the eternal failings of our life that nothing is perfect I would say probably the only complaint I have is that the nib is too smooth ?! When I write there is usually no feedback at all! Call it luck, call it whatever you want but having a factory Oblique Medium nib fated my way like this is totally fabulous! It lays a beautiful wet line everytime and this might sound corny but almost brings out tears everytime I write with it. Yes itís that good!

Look and Feel: 5/5

I like the body of this pen, itís stocky and short but then it holds in the hand just right and for my usage, it has just the right amount of heft for me to write for hours without fatigue or pain. Spots a metal cap and a professional looking black body. I like the ink window and the solid feel of the body.

Filling mechanism: 5/5

Can anyone ever complain about an Aurora filling mechanism? With the piston that slurps up a huge amount of ink everytime and even keeps away a secret compartment for ink if it ever goes low. I would be crazy to complain about this.

Some pics


The pen
Posted Image

Writing sample:
Posted Image

Summary:

So this is the pen that is more than perfect in my collection that I happen to come across by chance thinking that this pen would definitely go back for a retuning, but this pen just reminds me all the time not to trust everything you read or hear. This pen is of course in my pantheon of pens and travels with me most of everywhere I go. It has even itís own character ... actually this is for all Aurora pens ... the barrel where I hold the pen (where my thumb and index finger lands) has this ďsweat smellĒ after a while. I posted this on the forum asking for answers but then no one seems to have one, I guess itís the way the pen is built and no itís not the ebonite, itís nothing to do with the feed. I have confirmed this by soaping the barrel down with some detergent and the smell went away. This characteristic is evident in all Aurora pens and have confirmed this. I had a nice time finding it though, never suspecting the pen I did everything from changing my Ts to my shorts till I at last found the source of the smell. This is of course just a small characteristic of the pen and compared to all the joy it brings to me when I write itís just a small adjustment I have to do, to me itís not even a flaw ... itís like a person you love so much an otherwise flaw in another person, just becomes itís characteristic for them, if that really means anything else to other people I donít know, as long as it makes sense to me :). I currently have three Auroras: 1 Mare, 1 88 and 1 Optima and the 88 is the smoothest of them all.


Sponsored Content

#2 jigesh

jigesh

    Vintage

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 739 posts
  • Location:Hopewell Junction, New York

Posted 10 September 2010 - 11:59

Congratulations on your new pen! Nice review. Modern Aurora 88 is one my most frequently used pens.

#3 lowks

lowks

    Vintage

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 695 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 10 September 2010 - 12:40

Congrats on your pens too Jigesh! One of my major surprises of my 88 is how smooth the nib is after all the FUD on Aurora nibs.

#4 jigesh

jigesh

    Vintage

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 739 posts
  • Location:Hopewell Junction, New York

Posted 10 September 2010 - 14:04

Congrats on your pens too Jigesh! One of my major surprises of my 88 is how smooth the nib is after all the FUD on Aurora nibs.


Interstingly, my fine nib (Aurora) writes smoother than medium! I recently got an extra-fine nib, which is too dry and, not surprisingly, has lot of feedback comparatively (right now, it's with Michael Masuyama for increasing flow a bit).

#5 eric47

eric47

    Tentative bohemian sniffing the celluloid

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,278 posts

Posted 10 September 2010 - 16:26

One of my major surprises of my 88 is how smooth the nib is after all the FUD on Aurora nibs.


What FUD?
Anyone becomes mannered if you think too much about what other people think. (Kim Gordon)

Avatar photography by Kate

#6 lowks

lowks

    Vintage

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 695 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 10 September 2010 - 17:14

One of my major surprises of my 88 is how smooth the nib is after all the FUD on Aurora nibs.


What FUD?


It's almost impossible to find someone saying that Aurora nibs are smoother than other nibs out of the box without smoothing ... even if they say it's smooth, they would say it's "Aurora's smooth" or has "it's own character". The 88 that I have with the factory nib is smooth even by other nibs standard. It's not direct FUD just that it feels just the same.

#7 Silvermink

Silvermink

    Texture Junkie

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 6,505 posts
  • Location:Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Flag:

Posted 10 September 2010 - 17:24

Oh, you did get an OM. Nice.

The OP traded me his modern Aurora 88 M a few months ago, and it's proven to be one of my best writers. :)
http://twitter.com/silvermink
Vancouver Pen Club

Currently inked:

OMAS Italia '90 - Aurora Blue // Montblanc 14 - Visconti Purple

#8 lowks

lowks

    Vintage

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 695 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 10 September 2010 - 18:43

Oh, you did get an OM. Nice.

The OP traded me his modern Aurora 88 M a few months ago, and it's proven to be one of my best writers. :)


Is that a factory nib ? I think more people who got Aurora nibs that are generally smooth nibs and not "characteristically smooth" should just speak up.

#9 777

777

    Donor Pen

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,021 posts
  • Location:Big Sandy, Tennessee
  • Flag:

Posted 10 September 2010 - 18:53

Great pen from what your review says! Wow, a smooth factory oblique nib! Sounds like a real pleasure to write with!

Need a pen repaired or a nib re-ground? I'd love to help you out.


Posted Image


Colossians 3:17 - And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.


#10 bphollin

bphollin

    Antique

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,268 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 10 September 2010 - 19:01

Thanks for the review. Do you care to share your thoughts on Optima vs 88? I have an Optima and the Archivi Storici 88 "remake", and I can't stop thinking about the purchase of a vintage and modern 88 to round things out.

I think more people who got Aurora nibs that are generally smooth nibs and not "characteristically smooth" should just speak up.

I'm 2 for 2 when it comes to nice, smooth, factory-fresh Aurora nibs (both Mediums that write like Pelikan Fines, FYI).

#11 lowks

lowks

    Vintage

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 695 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 10 September 2010 - 19:13

Thanks for the review. Do you care to share your thoughts on Optima vs 88? I have an Optima and the Archivi Storici 88 "remake", and I can't stop thinking about the purchase of a vintage and modern 88 to round things out.

I think more people who got Aurora nibs that are generally smooth nibs and not "characteristically smooth" should just speak up.

I'm 2 for 2 when it comes to nice, smooth, factory-fresh Aurora nibs (both Mediums that write like Pelikan Fines, FYI).

Strangely I have a gold nib Aurora Optima finished by JM and it still looses out to the 88 with the factory nib in my writing taste.

#12 lowks

lowks

    Vintage

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 695 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 10 September 2010 - 19:17

Think though saying that it "looses out" is a bit harsh, since I think JM just made the nib to a Oblique Medium as I requested maintaining the characteristic "toothy" Aurora nib.

#13 eric47

eric47

    Tentative bohemian sniffing the celluloid

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,278 posts

Posted 10 September 2010 - 20:35

First off...thanks for the review. :thumbup: The modern 88s and Optimas are great pens; glad you got one you're enjoying.

It's almost impossible to find someone saying that Aurora nibs are smoother than other nibs out of the box without smoothing ... even if they say it's smooth, they would say it's "Aurora's smooth" or has "it's own character". The 88 that I have with the factory nib is smooth even by other nibs standard. It's not direct FUD just that it feels just the same.


Almost impossible? I think I came close here. I have some that are as smooth as some of the my other brands' smooth nibs. Sure I said Aurora's have their own character because I think they do; I didn't say (or at least I didn't mean) the smoothness is a special Aurora-type. Aurora makes their own nibs and there aren't any other nibs like them. I say the same things about old Omas inhouse modern nibs that Omas made; they too have their own character -- the ones Bock makes for Omas are different. I don't see what the problem is with saying for example that some of my Omas and Auroras nib are equally smooth; but the nibs are still different, for they have their own character. I feel and can tell the difference between the two.

Is Peter J. a dealer? If he isn't (and even if he is) are you sure he didn't adjust or smooth the nib?

I have around 10 Auroras (F, M, Italic, Stub) with the screw-in units. Only 1 (a medium at that) needed professional smoothing, that isn't bad. The bulk haven't been purchased from shops or dealers, so I'm hesitant on judging the nibs on those as "out of the box" in case the original owner did something too them. If I'm to judge the ones bought from dealers, then it's 50%. The mini sole (M) was wonderfully smooth; the Optima Demo needed professional smoothing, which scared me away from the big Auroras for awhile.

Many of them from shops and private sales have had tight tines (write dry), so I tend to have to open the nibs up from the get go. If I can generalize from my nibs (allowing my tuning and tweaking, and excluding my 88s which have the old nibs with long tines), as the nibs get wider the smoother they are. All my fines have a wee bit of tooth, which I don't mind and is what I would expect anyway (particularly because Auroras run tend to run thinner).

Still for some smoothness isn't the pinnacle characteristic of a nib, some like a bit of tooth, see here.

I've tried an Aurora oblique. Aurora sent it by mistake when they were supposed to send a stub. The oblique was a very smooth nib, but obliques drive me crazy. :rolleyes: But sounds like yours was like the one I tried.

Edited by eric47, 10 September 2010 - 20:59.

Anyone becomes mannered if you think too much about what other people think. (Kim Gordon)

Avatar photography by Kate

#14 lowks

lowks

    Vintage

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 695 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 10 September 2010 - 21:39

Yeah pretty sure that he did not adjust it. I asked if after someone told me that auroras do not make oblique nibs.

#15 Mickey

Mickey

    Contemporary Philosopher

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,914 posts
  • Location:CA
  • Flag:

Posted 10 September 2010 - 22:28

I'm yet to run into a nib which, if run wet enough, didn't feel smooth, provided it wasn't severely misaligned. I've had experience with two Aurora nibs, both of which were acceptably smooth running fairly dry (my preference), which is how they arrived. I feel that if you can lightly draw clockwise and counter-clockwise circles with a properly oriented, dry running pen and feel no snags or scratches at any point on the circle, the nib is acceptably smooth and well-aligned. As near as I can tell, pretty much everything else after that is a matter of flow, ink, and paper choice.

BTW, has anyone tried smoothing a nib by writing on blotter paper covered with a thin coating of tooth paste?

The liberty of the press is indeed essential to the nature of a free state; but this consists in laying no previous restraints upon publications, and not in freedom from censure for criminal matter when published. Every freeman has an undoubted right to lay what sentiments he pleases before the public; to forbid this, is to destroy the freedom of the press; but if he publishes what is improper, mischievous or illegal, he must take the consequence of his own temerity. (4 Bl. Com. 151, 152.) Blackstone's Commentaries


#16 eric47

eric47

    Tentative bohemian sniffing the celluloid

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,278 posts

Posted 10 September 2010 - 22:37

BTW, has anyone tried smoothing a nib by writing on blotter paper covered with a thin coating of tooth paste?


Toothpaste in the feed doesn't sound like fun to clean.
Anyone becomes mannered if you think too much about what other people think. (Kim Gordon)

Avatar photography by Kate

#17 Mickey

Mickey

    Contemporary Philosopher

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,914 posts
  • Location:CA
  • Flag:

Posted 10 September 2010 - 23:17

BTW, has anyone tried smoothing a nib by writing on blotter paper covered with a thin coating of tooth paste?


Toothpaste in the feed doesn't sound like fun to clean.


Probably not, but most people spit out the tooth paste after brushing their teeth. I assumed at least a comparable level with hygiene with their pens.

The liberty of the press is indeed essential to the nature of a free state; but this consists in laying no previous restraints upon publications, and not in freedom from censure for criminal matter when published. Every freeman has an undoubted right to lay what sentiments he pleases before the public; to forbid this, is to destroy the freedom of the press; but if he publishes what is improper, mischievous or illegal, he must take the consequence of his own temerity. (4 Bl. Com. 151, 152.) Blackstone's Commentaries


#18 revbyrd1

revbyrd1

    Southern Gentleman

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 270 posts
  • Location:Whiteville, NC
  • Flag:

Posted 15 September 2010 - 00:54

Congratulations on your new Aurora 88, I would love to have one myself. Hopefully I will run across one like you did. Thank you for sharing the review.

Peace
Peace,

J. Kenneth Byrd, Jr.

(Kenny)
The Tar Heel State--GO HEELS!

#19 praxim

praxim

    On twig

  • FPN Supporter - Rhodium

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,098 posts
  • Location:Not upon the peneplain
  • Flag:

Posted 22 December 2016 - 01:09

An old review of the Aurora 88 seemed a suitable thread to bump with this query.

 

I have bought an Aurora 88, an original Nizzoli model, which is now on its way (in Paris, last I saw; nice stopover from Rome). In their shipping note to me, the seller commented that they had filled the pen with water to keep the seals wet, and that it was advisable to keep the pen inked or watered. The pen has been serviced and tested.

 

Comments?

 

I understand that the 88 uses layered discs of leather and rubber for its seal, and that there is a tensioning nut for best fit of the seal in the barrel (I am relying on this article). I am wondering whether, when I get it, I should simply grease the piston, or barrel walls, and be content with that for when it is not inked.


Anyone owning three or more working pens is in no position to disparage choices by others.

#20 Manalto

Manalto

    Antique

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,978 posts

Posted 22 December 2016 - 01:22

Oops. Edited out my comment to the OP after I realized the age of his original post. 


Edited by Manalto, 22 December 2016 - 01:23.

James







Sponsored Content




|