I'm resurrecting this old thread on the Abissi.
I have been interested in owning an Aurora for years, and dark green is one of my very favorite pen colors. When the Abissi was introduced in 2016, I found it's color to be very intriguing, but the price was too far out of my range for me to purchase one. At $778, it was almost $300 over my limit.
I thought of buying one of the later Optimas with the dark green flake that isn't a limited edition, but the color and texture of the celluloid were very similar to some Parkers I already owned, and the green was $50 more than the blue or some other colors, so eventually, I passed it up.
But a few weeks ago, I contacted Nibs.com, John Mottishaw's company, about a possible pen repair, and while browsing the site, I noticed the Abissi was on a NOS sale at a discounted price that put it into my price range, and ordered one with an XF nib.
And then I read this thread on them, which made me think I may have ordered an ugly pen! Uh, oh!
It arrived this morning, and I'm very happy to say that I love this pen's looks. The dark green is not at all ugly under dimmer light- it's sedate and elegant looking. Under direct very bright light, the blue and grey flakes and streamers don't look at all ugly or garish. They do add a lot of visual interest, but to my eye, they express the mystery of the abyss very, very beautifully.
The material is one of those rare instances when the colors just cannot be reproduced as accurately as the human eye perceives them. My pen is wonderful addition to my collection of greens, and is a very elegant and unique color that is all its own.
The Aurora's performance was just as I expected it to be, and the nib's sizing is ideal for an extra-fine nib. It is neither a needlepoint nor as broad as a fine nib, and after a couple of hours of use, I expect I'll be using this pen a lot, as it's a very comfortable long-distance writer.
I couldn't be more pleased.
I understand that this isn't going to be the pen for everyone, but for a guy who likes dark green, the Abissi's unusual coloring is a wonderful choice that satisfied me very much.
Edited by banjomike, 30 April 2018 - 22:38.