The 98 was launched in the 1960s. Following the design guidelines of the period, the pen is slender, sleek and streamlined as opposed to the cigar shaped 88. It came both in piston and cartridge versions. The one i was lucky enough to buy last February is the piston version called the 98 GL (Grand Lusso). It is called the GL because of its solid (9K) gold cap, and of course other versions were available with rolled gold caps. It has a piston filling mechanism and Aurora marketed an extra feature called “Riserva Magica” to go along. According to the description a drop of ink was trapped in a compartment of the barrel that allowed for some extra writing once the ink had run out. Aurora still uses this feauture in its modern Optimas and 88s called it the “hidden reservoir”. The metal (brass) piston knob is very nicely tucked away into the barrel. To activate it you need to press the metal part in the back of the barrel and the full size piston knob appears. Once you fill the pen with ink you just press the knob back into the barrel until it safely clicks inside.
Even though I am not a huge fan of slender pens I must admit that this one is a very nice size that allows for comfortable writing. I don’t post my pens but even posted the pen is nicely balanced. The nib is also a hooded 14K one just like in the 88 model. There is a beautiful little ink view window accented in a gold plated window pane kind of design that look really impressive.
The nib is a nice flexible fine that allows for decent line variation. The ink flow is perfect and there are no skipping issues. The cap is a slip on type and is hallmarked appropriately for the solid gold version.
The pen measures 5.5 inches (14cm) in length.
I think that the 98 was a very well made pen and has nice little touches that show the care and attention to detail that went into designing it.
I hope you enjoy the review, it is my first one so my apologies if I left any vital information out. The ink view windows on both the 98 and the 88 are not clear because the pens are filled with ink.
Edited by Nikolaos, 07 October 2007 - 07:56.