It was with considerable trepidation that I inked (with Aurora black) and tested the Ipsilon. I expected extreme dryness and scratchiness. Instead, I was surprised by the wonderful, wet flow and a nib quality that is hard to describe---very smooth yet tactile, with a touch of feedback and even audible interaction with the paper, yet by no means scratchiness. It is almost a feeling of sculpting gently into the paper, or as if one were using a silverpoint stylus and inscribing lines into soft chalk. This steel Ipsilon nib is unlike any nib that I have ever tried before. The cap posts with a special inner plastic lining that clicks neatly onto the end the of barrel without any danger of scuffing or scratching. This is a stunning pen, substantial enough in weight without being heavy.
I was relieved. But there was still the 88 Nikargenta to try. Perhaps I had only been lucky...
Right out of the box,after filling with Aurora black, the 88 wrote like a dream. This nib is ultra-smooth, reminiscent of a Lamy 2000, without the subtle feedback of the Ipsilon. The medium is on the broad side, also like a Lamy 2000. I would have preferred the true medium of the Ipsilon, as with the 88 open letters like o and e get filled in with the saturated ink. But I cannot say anything against the generous flow of ink and ease of writing. The torpedo shape and heft of the pen are extremely comfortable, slightly thicker, it seems to me, than an MB or the Sailor 1911. (But I have no measurement tools!) The feel is of an extremely solid, well-constructed instrument. As a Pelikan fan, I love this pen's excellent piston filling system. All pens should use pistons; it is to me the ideal, trouble-free way of taking in ink. If I can get used to the broad nature of this medium (and frankly, my beloved Pelikans often tend to have rather thick mediums), this will become one of my most frequently used pens. The Ipsilon seems like an ideal daily-use pen as well, and it has the added advantage of being moderately priced, even at MSRP. For a good deal on the 88, you will have to shop around a little more.
So, my collection will witness a marriage of Italia and Germania...I am quite pleased with and impressed by these two Aurora pens. I will certainly take a risk on other Auroras (when I can afford them) though I will always have that apprehension based on the numerous negative experiences that many of you have reported. With these two Auroras, I may just have been fortunate. Based on them, however, I have to say: I love Aurora!
I will update if I encounter any changes or problems with further use.
Edited by adair, 18 October 2007 - 14:47.