It's a show stopper. The Matt Silver reeks of luxury days gone by in a most appealing manor, almost 'steampunk' in character.
The proprietary converter holds a lot of ink and is mechanically flawless, actually a dream.
The steel nib, as well as being both wet and smooth also has a nice tooth when put to paper. It too is a thing of beauty. Love the flower logo. The F writes more like a European/American M if you are used to Japanese pens. That's not the pens fault, just an observation.
The packaging is fairly upper crust, as one would expect from a pen in this price category. Very sleek anodized aluminum sleeve (It matches the pen body) over a heavy paper board with a white satin Diplomat flower logo cushioning on the interior.
THE NOT SO GOOD:
The balance is good but VERY heavy, even unposted which can easily lead to the pen rolling off your work surface. Not a happy event. My hands are petite and a big pen does not always work well for me. It's so weighty that it becomes a challenge for me to write comfortably for more than a short time.
The section is so slick it's like an ice rink that has just been gone over with a Zamboni machine making it arduous to keep your grip on the sweet spot. I thought about putting some medical tape around the thing but what would be the point of that? It's a $200 pen, the section should be more than satisfactory.
The nib is stiff. Absolutely no hint of flex. It's personal, I know but I love me some flex in a pen
The Aero is a beauty to behold but not to hold. It reminds me of when I find I must wear high heels to a smart function...I may look like a million bucks but I feel like I belong in traction on a hospital bed. In the end I will be selling this pen. I am not a collector, so it is my personal habit to sell any pen that I don't love enough to place in my regular rotation. The Aero may be great for some writers but it does not make the grade for me. It is so beautiful but as they say "if you wanna be happy for the rest of your life don't pick a pretty woman to be your wife."
Here is a sample of writing with the Diplomat Aero inked with Caran
Caran d'Ache ULTRA VIOLET...a delightful ink. And A picture of the stunning pen.
Edited by httpmom, 27 July 2015 - 22:49.