the cp7 atlantic has a what's called a flamme vague guilloche pattern, engraved by a vintage murelli machine in france. it's actually sold as a pair along with the pacific from classic pens, retail $995, but is sold out. i got this at significant discount from the green board from kmlst moorthi, a stand up guy. the engraving for each respective pen is reminsicent of their namesake oceans, with the pacific having smooth waves, and the atlantic slightly choppy waves. what's special about this pen is its nib, which adds a $300 premium. its called the naginata cross emperor nib, and is specially hand ground by sailor nibmeister nobuyoshi nagahara-san himself. the point has an extra horizontal slit and has a metal bar (collector) on top of the nib, both contributing to an extremely generous flow of ink. the pen has golden trim and golden 21k nib. the bar overlies the nib engravings, which may bother some (not me). the point lays down a shockingly broad line, more like a brush than pen. flip the nib over and the point lays down a nice fine line. fun! cap unscrews in about 2 1/4 revolutions. clip is simple sword-shaped. due to the sterling silver, i'm wont to post it for fear of scratches. balance is good. total length 14.3 cm (5 5/8 in), uncapped 12.6 cm (5 in), section diameter about 3.7 cm (1 1/2 in). this is a cartridge-convertor.
test results classic pens cp7 atlantic
cap and body (17/20): beautiful guilloche pattern, top notch fit & finish
section (8/10): black resin, flared at end, comfortable, some may not like metal trim near nib
nib performance (18/20): very smooth, crazy wide line, an ocean's worth of flow, not your everyday nib
writing comfort (17/20): well-balanced, heavy metal, but pretty comfortable
design (9/10): beautiful engraving realized
value (7/10): pricey esp. when adding extra cost for the special nib, less painful if purchased second hand
filling system (6/10): ho hum c/c
total: 82/100 (100 would be the perfect pen)
the sheaffer legacy heritage victorian has a lovely victorian curlique design superimposed on a hobnail (clou de paris) pattern. retail is $450, street price $350. the only point available from penhero was a medium. the nib is integrated into the section, just like the other legacy models. the pen is monochromatic, with the nib
and trim plated in palladium. the 18k nib is very smooth and the flow quite generous. in the almost two weeks i've had this, there have been no skips or hiccups. it always writes on the first stroke. the cap is slip off and the clip a simple gentle curve. i don't post this one either due to the all silver construction - wouldn't want to scratch the handsome engraving. the pen is well-balanced, although somewhat stubby as this is not a large pen. the pen is 13.9 cm (5 1/2 in) long capped, 12.1 cm (4 3/4 in) uncapped, and the plastic section 4 cm in diameter. this has a typical cartridge convertor system.
test results sheaffer legacy heritage victorian
cap and body (17/20): finely engraved victorian pattern, very well made
section (8/10): tapered black resin, pretty comfortable
nib performance (17/20): reliable and smooth, good flow, no skipping
writing comfort (17/20): heavy metal, pretty comfortable
design (9/10): tasteful antiquey design
value (8/10): street price is a good value, more affordable than the classic pens editions
filling system (6/10): your typical c/c filler
total: 82/100 (100 would be the perfect pen)
the aurora 88 is of resin and sterling silver construct. the all silver model is unfortunately discontinued for some reason. the pen has simple vertically-oriented lines on the silver cap, with a bare spot presumably for engraving one's name. the pen retails for $550, but can be obtained at significant discount. i purchased this from bert at bertram's inkwell, who was kind enough to exchange the standard nib for an 18k italic nib from an aurora limited edition pen. a significant upgrade from a very nice guy! this is a very crisp italic point, with razor sharp edges. this allows for great line variation, at the expense of smoothness. it easily digs into paper if i'm sloppy and rushing. the 88 was created in the 50's, but it's style echoes art deco design. the trim is golden, and the 18k yellow gold nib engraved in curvilinear squiggles. the clip is curvaceous and ends in a ball. 1 1/2 turns and the cap is unscrewed, revealing an ink window - a nice touch. i post this one, as the plastic seems durable. balance is comfortable posted. this is a much lighter pen than the others due to its plastic construction. total length is 13.8 cm (5 3/8 in), uncapped pen is 13.1 cm (5 3/16 in), and section about 3.7 cm (1 1/2 in). although the section is semi-skinny (l prefer larger), it feels ok as the section flares out toward the nib. this is a piston-filler, and has a sweet reservoir which provides for another page of ink when the main tank runs dry. nice.
test results aurora 88 with sterling silver cap
cap and body (16/20): fine fit and finish, simple if not classic construct, visible ink window a plus
section (9/10): flared black resin very comfortable
nib performance (16/20): very sharp italic, does what an italic is supposed to do
writing comfort (18/20): partial metal pen so semi-lightweight, a comfortable pen to spend some time with
design (8/10): understated, classic design
value (7/10): about average for value.
filling system (9/10): piston fill, with extra reservoir tank goodness
total: 83/100 (100 would be the perfect pen)
so which do i prefer? depends. if i'm in a mood to write a letter and have plenty of time, i'll use the aurora 88. it's really not suited for quick writing such as required at work. it has classic good looks. if i'm in a show off mood, i'd whip out the cp7 atlantic, with its impressive nib. this one's definately not practical for work since the line is crazy fat, unless you turn the nib over. this one's fun to drive, with snazzy engraving. the sheaffer victorian is the most versatile with it's medium nib. the engraving is nicely done. some may say that it's a little effeminate, but i feel secure enough in my masculinity not to mind. alright, who's the winner? all of them...
Edited by MYU, 02 July 2009 - 02:50.