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#1 Weaveras

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Posted 20 May 2018 - 17:58

Hello All,
Been looking for a new pen and have been eyeing the vintage market again. Any advice for the go to Italian vintage fountain pen? Personally I'm looking for a useable every day type of pen that will be a pleasure to use.
Thanks!

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Posted 20 May 2018 - 17:58

Hello All,
Been looking for a new pen and have been eyeing the vintage market again. Any advice for the go to Italian vintage fountain pen? Personally I'm looking for a useable every day type of pen that will be a pleasure to use.
Thanks!

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Posted 20 May 2018 - 22:45

Easy. Aurora 88, 88K or 88P, especially the last. Inexpensive, easily serviced, carries a heap of ink, enormously comfortable and practical day to day, and it even looks good.


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Posted 20 May 2018 - 22:45

I replied in your other instance of this thread.

The threads having been merged, that is no longer relevant.


Edited by praxim, 21 May 2018 - 03:12.

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 23:03

I looked up the 88; beautiful looking pen. I've done maintenance work on a Shaeffer Snorkel before, where the need of maintenance is pretty clear based on the brittleness of the rubber/latex sack. For the piston filler on the 88, when do I need to service the piston? Thanks!

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 23:45

In brief, you'll know! When it starts not filling very well, leaking out the back, or running very wet and spattering ink.

 

You might find this thread useful: http://www.fountainp...tc#entry3900236

 

Cheers,

 

Ralf



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Posted 22 May 2018 - 00:04

:) Adding to that, inky fingers owing to slow leaks out the front which are a consequence of air getting past the piston seal from the back.


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Posted 22 May 2018 - 01:01

Thanks very much - and the link, wow, quite the comprehensive tear down and rebuild.

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 02:35

I'm with praxim on the Aurora 88, but why not an Aurora Archivi Storici?  These we essentially re-issued 88s/98s using new old stock parts and modern Aurora cartridges.  Vintage look and feel in a brand new pen.  

Giardino is clearing out their last stock of these at really good prices.

http://www.giardino....ora/archivi.php



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Posted 22 May 2018 - 11:37

The old 88 is a great pen. I have found some in flea-markets working well, without any need to change the cork piston seal.

Also any vintage omas you can find could be a good daily writer, but for sure more expansive than the 88.

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Posted 23 May 2018 - 13:55

Thanks for the tips. Richyrich, thanks for the link as well.
Fabri00, I must admit that per your suggestion I typed in "omas" into the classifieds and yes, a little more expensive and a lot more research to know what to look for.





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