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Modern Aurora 88 Large Nib Stifness Vs. Montblanc 146

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#21 j.a.j.

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 14:15

Thank you for the pictures!

 

149 certainly is a rather respectable pen. I bought Jinhao 159 to get some idea of it's size and i do find i like the size a lot when writing.

 

I would need to get the 149 rhodinated as i prefer chrome / platinum over yellow gold which would make the total cost a bit high. Especially if compared to the cost of Aurora 88 and a couple of huge Indian ebonite eyedroppers.. 


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Posted 16 April 2014 - 07:00

The current large 88/Optima certainly has a firm nib. The nib on the older version of the same pen - often called the long tines nib - is somewhat softer/springier. I'd say, quality wise, the MB and Aurora are pretty similar with little to choose between them. I happen to think the Aurora is a slightly nicer design. I like the section shape and the way the cap integrates with the rest of the pen, but that's just me. I like the size of the 149 best of all, but don't care for the tail heavy MB balance, which makes the pen a non-starter for me.


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Posted 16 April 2014 - 11:03

The current large 88/Optima certainly has a firm nib. The nib on the older version of the same pen - often called the long tines nib - is somewhat softer/springier. 

 

Thank you for the information! 

 

(I find myself saying that a lot on this thread which is really nice.)

 

The threads on Aurora 88 are much higher which is good. Overall i think the 88 is a more rational choice for "first a bit more illustrious fountain pen". I am currently in the process of changing my grip, need to wait for my preference of section width to stabilize first. The Jinhao 159 is very top heavy pen and i think i might live with a top heavy pen.


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