I have the Dante Purgatorio and all three colours of the Internazionale. My personal preference is for the Internazionale, but I will try and describe why because your preferences might be the opposite of mine. They are both extremely nice pens, so there is no wrong choice, but they feel very different.
I think I have a slightly different opinion about which pen is more unique in the Aurora line. Isn’t the Dante really a variant of the Talentum model which many of Aurora’s special editions are based on (though the changes are significant - it is not the same) like the Mare and Oceano pens and most of the anniversary editions? The Internazionale is certainly a recreation of the 1930s Duplex Internazionale model, so it is not original in that sense, but it is a completely different design from any other current Aurora pen.
In terms of the experience I have from these pens, the Purgatorio is a lacquered metal pen so it is heavier, harder and less warm in the hand, but very solid and premium feeling. It has gravitas. The nib on mine is very smooth indeed, but it feels stiff and slightly characterless. If you have ever tried a Namiki Yukari Royale (similar price to the Dante) then the Dante feels very similar. Overall I would say it is a high-end pen, designed to impress, to write very smoothly, and to look and feel expensive. Both the Aurora Dante and the Namiki Yukari Royale feel like a substantial upgrade over a Montblanc Meisterstück, but seem intended to convey a similar sort of boardroom gravitas. That is the sort of pen I think the Dante is intended to be - a Meisterstück with more weight, higher quality materials, and some design flair to add distinction and differentiate it from the ocean of more common executive pens.
In contrast the Internazionale is a warm, soft-feeling cellulose acetate pen. Lighter in weight, easier to handle. The nib (and my three are all the same) is also smoother than is normal for Auroras but still offers a touch of pleasant feedback and feels a little softer than the Dante (but not soft or flexible by any means) - all of this makes it feel more precise and expressive to me when I write with it. It is perhaps a more artfully designed pen, more suited to someone who appreciates design and its historic resonance, and the pleasure of writing. The clip and floral embellishments add some visual appeal and are very beautiful and well-executed, without the pen being over-embellished - and this is part of what makes the pen somehow special.
I do find the Internazionale more pleasurable to write with than the Dante, I also prefer the feeling of the Internazionale’s cellulose acetate material, as well as its lightness. And I feel that the Internazionale is more inspiring to pick up. Not as likely to impress others as the Dante (though the clip and band are striking), but nicer to write with.
Both of the pens perform superbly. They never dry out, never skip or hard-start, they have excellent ink flow. They are flawless and I can just pick them up and write without ever thinking that the flow of ink to the page will be anything other than perfect, even if I haven’t picked one up for weeks.
Whatever you choose, I truly hope you love it and it performs as perfectly as mine do.
Edited by MoriartyR, 14 August 2020 - 12:54.