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Aurora Optima - A Review


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#1 watch_art

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 05:31

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Here you can see the pen, laying in its natural habitat - in a light box next to a rock.  Shhh... I think it's sleeping.

 

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Here it is sunning itself.  It's got to be ready for that Summer beach party!

 

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And you can see here how backwards it really is.  You can't read the imprint when writing with it.  Hmmm...

 

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Hanging out.

 

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And here you can see a bit of ink in it.  Pelikan Brilliant Black!  Not very brilliant though is it... or very black.  Sort of purplish...

 

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And that nib!  Just stunning!  Sort of a dark yellowy brown.  Very very nice writer.

 

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A view of its backside.

 

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The front.

 

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Hope you enjoyed.  :)


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Posted 08 July 2013 - 05:46

nice sketches! well done with the trade. :)


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#3 Brian C

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 05:56

I can't go along with the "forget Montblancs" statement but it is great to see another review from you. It's been a while.



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Posted 08 July 2013 - 06:50

I can't go along with the "forget Montblancs" statement but it is great to see another review from you. It's been a while.

 

Hehehehe.  :)
I thought you'd notice that.

Seriously - the 149 and 146 that I owned weren't that great - especially compared to the few that you've sent me to look at and play with.  I must have got lemons.  But this is really one of the best pens I've ever held and used.

And CONGRATS on your new 149 find!  :)


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 01:03

Thanks for your review. I like you sketches.



#6 Lince

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 02:36

Great pen!!!



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Posted 20 July 2013 - 21:07

I was surprised at how short the pen is.  Comparable to the Sailor Realo pro gear.  The Aurora nib is nicely larger and the ink capacity greater, however.



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Posted 20 July 2013 - 21:13

Great review thanks!  :thumbup:



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Posted 20 July 2013 - 21:55

:)  Glad you enjoyed it.  I'm certainly enjoying the pen. 


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#10 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 06:14

I tried several optimas but the stiffness and toothiness of Aurora nibs drove me away from buying a pen from the brand.


Edited by georges zaslavsky, 21 July 2013 - 06:16.

Pens are like watches , once you start a collection, you can hardly go back. And pens like all fine luxury items do improve with time

#11 karmakoda

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 16:48

Charming, enthusiastic, review, I was struck by the simple beauty of this Optima, reminded me there are reasons black and gold is considered "classic".

Hard to find fault with the design of the Optima, the shape of the section,  perfect piston filler, ink window, usually flawless operation, make this a contender for "The Perfect Pen".   

Mine is the Optima (Red) Demonstrator, although I wish the pen was a little larger, it's size makes it an excellent traveling companion with huge ink capacity.

Thank you for sharing the illustrations, the review was a pleasure.



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Posted 22 July 2013 - 00:35

I picked up a cracked ice Optima as an impulse buy at Art Brown.  Mine is an italic and requires a very wet slick ink to work correctly.  The sweet spot is critical but when found the pen glides on good paper (rhodia).  The pen is too short to use unposted in my hands.  The shortness insures secure ride in my shallowest shirt pocket.  The pen probably the lightest full size pen I use regularly.  The weight contrasts quite noticeably with my M800 daily workhorse.  I associate weight will solidness and durability but with that being said I find the light pen entertaining and fast, almost like a scalpel.  Ink supply is good but not as generous as the Pelikan.  All in all a really nice pen.  I'd like another one in a smaller cursive italic for note taking.  Good to hear that you are enjoying yours as well.



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Posted 22 July 2013 - 06:04

Thanks for the interesting review! Glad you love it!

 

I too think the Optima may just be the Perfect Pen. Its weight, balance, and length are ideal for my hands, which are neither petite nor gargantuan. Toothy nibs? Nah, mine are smooth as buttah. And I believe they were designed to be posted, and, as noted above, they're fast and nimble. Mine is a searing red sports car. The black & gold on yours is classic -- posh in an understated way. Enjoy!

 

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 18:48

Nice pen! 

I want one in the Blue Aruolide finish.


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