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  1. The converter (twist type, piston) of this Aurora pen was a bit tight in its early days. Now, it feels that it has become tighter. When I twist the end to fill up ink, it feels so stiff that I am under a constant apprehension that something might break. (I can compare with my Parker Sonnet, so I know what it means to be tight.) Do you have any tips or suggestion for me? I clean the pen with plain water every six months or some such.
  2. s_t_e_v_e

    Heat-Set Aurora Optima Feed?

    Has anyone tried heat setting the Aurora optima feed? Technically it should be possible because the feed is made of ebonite. Are there any caveats, warnings that you guys have run into while trying to heat set the feed? I have heat set several other pens like my piston filled OMAS milord and Indian pens like the Airmail 71J and 69EB with good results, so I know the process. I just want to make sure I'm not doing something that could harm the pen's finish, material etc. as this is my first Aurora. Thanks in advance!
  3. gregamckinney

    Aurora's New Blue-Black

    [i couldn't find an existing thread on this, so I'll start this one] What are folks' experience with the new Aurora blue-black so far? I have been extremely disappointed. Admittedly, Aurora Black and (to a lesser extent) Aurora Blue are near-perfect inks in my experience, so their B-B had a high bar to clear. However, it crashed face-first into that bar. The ink has a terrible problem drying out between uses. Even on pens with caps that seal well, I have to dip my nib to get B-B going again- even after just a few hours. Once writing, it is extremely dry, even by the standards of blue-black inks. The color is ok, but the behavior is so bad I'm not sure if I'll be using it much. I'd be interested to hear what other people have experienced. Best Regards, greg
  4. I posted a request in the "Italy - Europe" forum, where it lies untouched. I know many people have vintage Aurora 88s so I am posting here in this higher-trafficked forum to see whether I can prompt some responses to my request. Here is a link to the thread in question. I would appreciate greatly any information people can provide. Thanks P
  5. I have been obsessed with the idea of buying an Aurora Talentum Chrome Capped Fountain Pen in black Resin: http://www.iguanasell.co.uk/collections/aurora-pens-elite-subcat-talentum-sub2cat/products/aurora-talentum-fountain-pen-black-resin-chrome-cap-d11c However, Iguanasell is a Company I have never heard of before, and I would like to ask you, my fellow stylophiles, if this is a well reputed dealer. Grateful for any answers, Claudius
  6. Aurora is one of few still operating Italian fountain pens makers. Omas is gone, Stipula has some ongoing problems, it seems only Visconti manages well. On the other hand I haven’t seen their financial reports. As for Aurora I keep on asking myself how on earth they manage to function? They employ a lot of people and have big factory and it seems their fountain pens aren’t really popular. Aurora produces fountain pens that are very diverse stylistically – just look at Aurora Talentum, Idea, Ipsilon and 88 – they look like pens produced by different companies. Their economy models (Idea, Ipsilon, Style) enable clients to enter the brand’s world before moving upscale by purchasing expensive and prestigious models. The thing is I’ve never liked design of Aurora’s cheaper pens. On the other hand I always enjoyed the looks of their expensive pens but, well, they are REALLY expensive so I wasn’t in a hurry to buy them and even if money was there timing never seemed right. I wanted to try them first but even though I regularly participate (few times a year) in fountain pen afficionados meetings in Poland there was never a lot of Auroras to try. It seems their not popular in my country. Which is surprising as I find Aurora 88 or Optima designs much more interesting than these of german tanks (Montblanc, Pelikans). One of pens I received from VodnikVolsovecek in huge package of pens to try was interesting Aurora model – The Aurora 85th Anniversary Limited Edition that celebrates 85 years of company’s history. Impressions The fountain pen comes in a red-marbled aureloide resin with solid silver trim. The ring of the cap has the serial number engraved and features floral motifs, a symbol of early Aurora designs. The clip is inscribed with 85°. A finely-engraved nib made from rhodium-treate solid gold looks stunning (at least to my eyes). The model is based on Optima line but there are some differences – it bears silver trim and has silver section. Optima pens are too light for me. This one is definitely heavier and while I usually prefer longer pens, this one fits comfortably in my hand. It has nice weight to it. There’s quite a lot of silver furniture on this pen and, to be honest, there’s just too much of adornments and embelishments to my taste. I would prefer silver elements to be plain. The engraving is too ornate for me. What I enjoy most is silver section – it’s quite long, metal and very comfortable. It’s not slippery and should warm nicely during the use. Oh, and there’ll be cool patina on it with time. Acrylic ink window between red barrel and silver section looks appealing, especially when you feel the pen with red ink. Nib The ink used in writing sample is Nagasawa-kobe Ijinkan Red. This pen was available with nice variety of nibs: EF, F, M, B, stub, oblique and italic. This nib is simply stunning. It’s big and nicely shaped. Also it writes like a dream. While I usually prefer smooth nibs (think Omas or Sheaffer dreamtouch) I must admit I love the way this nib performs. It has some tooth and gives feedback but it’s siomply great. It’s worth noting that when it comes to nibs, Aurora doesn’t but them from Bock or other companies. Aurora is one of the few pen manufacturers that manufactures its own nibs rather than outsourcing the work. That’s why their nibs may have a slightly different shape than what we mostly see in other pens . This nib is quite rigid and springy. Medium line is juicy and the ink flow is very satisfying for me. To put it plainly – it’s very wet nib. Not a gusher, mind you, but it’s generous.It does allow to get some line variation but I wouldn’t advise to force it. It would be a shame to damage such a beautiful nib. This nib gives some feedback – it’s not scratchy, it’s just you feel paper underneath it. Filling system It’s a piston-filler. The end cap serves as the turning knob. The cap is adorned at the end with an ornately engraved sterling silver cap and trimmed with a wide engraved sterling silver band. A large ink view window at the top of the barrel is finely executed. The piston mechanism works smoothly and makes impression of very durable one. Dimensions The 85th Anniversary is a mid-size pen, it’s shorter than most of the extra large limited edition pens made today. It measures 131mm when capped, 124mm uncapped and 155mm posted (although I wouldn’t advise to post it). The maximum diameter of the barrel is 16mm. It weighs 41.5g and this weight feels perfect in my hand. Summary As this was a limited edition pen (only 1919 pens were made), it won’t be a big surprise when I tell you it’s an expensive pen. It was and still is expensive and the price is close to 1000 $. A lot. If I had this kind of money for a pen I would probably get Conid Monarch. I like this pen and if only engraving on silver furniture wasn’t so ornate I would start looking for one. I think that Aurora 85th anniversary fountain pen is great, well – engineered pen that performs flawlessly. On the other hand I prefer simpler designs – red Aureloide body and silver accent look well together but,in my opinion, there’s just too much adornments on silver elements. I would prefer them to be plain. It remains distinctive, but slightly too gaudy to my taste.
  7. The Good Captain

    New Aurora Blue-Black - A Uk Short Review

    I received a sample bottle of the new Aurora Blue-Black, kindly sent to me by Kirit Dal, Aurora UK, and here's one of my short reviews. There are plenty of other reviews where swabs, pictures of the bottle etc have been included, so I'm just concentrating how it looks when written with. The ink is in an Aurora 88 large with F nib. It's smooth, flows well and even with that nib, exhibits some shading. I've only compared it to a couple of my 'blue-black' inks that, in my opinion, show close similarities. There are many others out there that might look similar as well, but might not have the words 'blue-black' in their names. Likewise, there are many called 'blue-black' that bear no resemblance to the Aurora. Therefore, I've not spent the time writing samples of another dozen or so of my inks for this simple review. I also did a simple soak test, using my usual method. The paper was soaked for 30 minutes then rinsed for about 15 seconds before drying. As you can see, there is still a very reasonable amount of legibility from the Aurora Blue-Black, without the 'run' of others. I included the Noodler's Black as a 'control' comparison. So to sum up: it's a great ink and will fit into the market nicely, in my opinion. It should be available from the usual UK retailers soon, if not already!
  8. A video has been posted on the Aurora Pens channel that makes for interesting viewing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKsuKi8Z1KY I was surprised to hear that Europe comprises just 20% of Aurora's market, with the rest of their output going to the East and to America. Posting the link here as well, in case of gremlins. www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKsuKi8Z1KY
  9. visvamitra

    New Aurora Ink

    It seems Aurora will offer soon new color: Blue/Black. ANyone knows something about it? ANyone tried it? http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTIwMFgxNjAw/z/ojUAAOSwjDZYlLui/$_57.JPG
  10. praxim

    Remove Feed On Aurora 88P

    I have a semi-vintage (1950s) Aurora 88P which leaks blobs of ink from the feed junction with the barrel when the well-fitting cap is removed, but not otherwise. What is needed to fix this please? I exclude cheerfully drilling a hole through the end of the cap to break the vacuum If needed, how do I safely go about removing the feed? Of what important points should I be aware for re-assembly?
  11. visvamitra

    Black - Aurora

    Aurora inks come in two basic colors: blue and black. Both inks are rich in tone. The bottle holds 45 ml of ink. Aurora black is well -behaved black ink that can be considered as good choice for black users. As I'm not one of them I won't use the ink. I can however recommend it to those who seek well - behaved black ink. Ink Splash http://imageshack.com/a/img537/1520/j7Qzph.jpg Drops of ink on kitchen towel http://imageshack.com/a/img537/9968/WJvEXR.jpg Waterproofness http://imageshack.com/a/img540/1992/rAYytN.jpg Software ID http://imageshack.com/a/img901/3981/G7XdFG.jpg Oxford recycled, Kaigelu, M http://imageshack.com/a/img912/8493/70qe1y.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img538/338/ENOZbQ.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img901/9151/O5IFKA.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img540/7219/QggWVI.jpg Copy paper, Kaweco Classic Sport, B http://imageshack.com/a/img538/4765/OU4Gms.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img537/4029/5C8TkL.jpg Semikolon. Kaweco Classic Sport, B http://imageshack.com/a/img673/805/y3c3yh.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img661/6779/KOOcuA.jpg
  12. What's gotten me back into fountain pens and prompted me to join FPN has been picking up a cache of pens at Christmas that used to belong to my Italian father-in-law. Among them were a selection of superslim pens from the 70s and 80s including the most svelte pen I've ever seen. Let me share them with you and perhaps you can help me identify them all. https://flic.kr/p/QMJwY8 In decreasing order of girth, from left to right (next to that standard unit of fountain pen measurement, the Safari/ALStar) are the following (apologies for the flickr links): * a German (West German, in fact) Reform pen - this one's mine, actually, a 21st birthday present back in the mid-90s. Don't know the model, I'm afraid, but it lays down a beautiful medium line and is a standard c/c. https://flic.kr/p/Rs6uQY * An iconic Aurora Hastil (MoMa etc). Medium nib, but leaks all over the place with both cartidge and trik-trak converter. I only recently realised what a corny joke the name is: "ha stil" means "has style" in Italian. https://flic.kr/p/RQP8E6 * A Sheaffer TRZ, as far as I can tell, with the logo of the Italian magazine L'Espresso on the finial. Also lays down a lovely wet line, perhaps a little too broad for the girth of the pen. There's a capacious aerometric converter inside. https://flic.kr/p/QKf1zG * Now things get really interesting. Believe it or not, the next one is a Delta, or claims to be. I've heard that Delta completely reinvented themselves in the mid-90s, erasing their previous history, and I've never seen what the earlier pens looked like. This one must be from the early 80s - a world away from a Dolcevita, with a clip that is very obviously taken from the Hastil. The collar is badly corroded, but it still writes with buttery smoothness. Inside I found a very slim Sailor cartridge, presumably the same one from the Chalana? 13.4cm long, 11.6 uncapped. Barrel is 7mm at its widest, section 6mm. https://flic.kr/p/QMKxeg * Finally, and most remarkably for me, is the slimmest pen I've ever seen. 11.9cm long, 10.7 uncapped, barrel 6mm at its widest, section 5mm. I've no loupe, but it says Japan on the finial and the nib says Sailor F-5. It takes the same cartridges as the Delta. Unfortunately, I've not managed to get it writing properly yet - the feed is badly blocked, I think. Anyone seen one of these before? https://flic.kr/p/QKg5c9 I realise these are not at all today's fashion and not especially practical. Nonetheless, I'm very drawn to them.
  13. There are some of my pens for sale this week listed at my website that some of you might be interested in. A Montblanc 147 with a "B" nib. $375.00 http://www.fototime.com/4C5CBF4CD74117B/medium800.jpg A Waterman 100 Year Lady's pen set in fantastic shape with the original presentation box and guarantee. $487.00 http://www.fototime.com/34A52EA1BD18493/medium800.jpg An Omas D-Day Commemorative from 1994 with an 18K F nib. $450.00 http://www.fototime.com/0D6D2EFE30278BF/medium800.jpg Two small Waterman 52½v Ring Top pens. $130.00 each http://www.fototime.com/939E9B09656A58E/medium800.jpg A Montegrappa 302 with Sterling silver body and furniture and enameled cap. $225.00 http://www.fototime.com/FD9724D187539D8/medium800.jpg A Sterling silver Aurora 88 in the standard size (not the large size) with a factory stub nib. $850.00 http://www.fototime.com/7990E526E106679/standard.jpg
  14. Iguana Sell

    New Aurora 88 Sigaro

    Aurora has announced a new 88, the new 88 Sigaro: Luxury, fashion and design unite to create the new 88 Sigaro. The fountain pen is born from the unmistakable color of tobacco with a refinement of the details. With only 480 pieces available worldwide, the fountain pens' cap and barrel are created in shiny brown lacquer and gold -plated trims. The nib is 18K solid gold. The Limited Edition features a special wooden packaging with beige leatherette interior. For further information please do not hesitate to contact us via info@iguanasell.com
  15. Hi, I'm William and I'm in Brisbane Australia. I found this group while googling for a solution to problems with my 75th Anniversary Aurora fountain pen. Glad to have joined and I hope someone can help. I bought my Aurora 75th anniversary fountain pen decades ago. It's been unused for a long time. Here is the problem. 1) When I cap the pen, the tip of the nib hits the inside of the cap and pushes the nib out of alignment. 2) I can see this because the nib is rotated slightly on the feeder, and there are marks on the plastic inside the cap. 3) I have tested this by re-aligning the nib/feeder and capping the pen. Same problem. 4) The nib and feeder are inserted into the pen body as far as possible (I remember this when I first bought the pen). The text "Aurora" below the "750" abuts the body of the pen. 5) I suspect the threaded section inside the cap has been moved up and into the cap - pen dropped while capped perhaps - thereby leaving insufficient "headroom" for the nib. 6) How do I pull the threaded section inside the cap outwards a bit ? Kind regards, William.
  16. Aurora is one of few still operating Italian fountain pens makers. Omas is gone, Stipula has some ongoing problems, it seems only Visconti manages well. On the other hand I haven't seen their financial reports. As for Aurora I keep on asking myself how on earth they manage to function? They employ a lot of people and have big factory and it seems their fountain pens aren't really popular. Aurora produces fountain pens that are very diverse stylistically - just look at Aurora Talentum, Idea, Ipsilon and 88 - they look like pens produced by different companies. Their economy models (Idea, Ipsilon, Style) enable clients to enter the brand's world before moving upscale by purchasing expensive and prestigious models. The thing is I've never liked design of Aurora's cheaper pens. On the other hand I always enjoyed the looks of their expensive pens but, well, they are REALLY expensive so I wasn't in a hurry to buy them. I wanted to try them first but even though I regularly participate (few times a year) in fountain pen afficionados meetings in Poland there was never a lot of Auroras to try. It seems their not popular in my country. Which is surprising as I find Aurora 88 or Optima designs much more interesting than these of german tanks (Montblanc, Pelikans). Aurora 88 Aurora 88 is Aurora's most well known fountain pen. Also it's one of most well-known fountain pens ever made. It's an icon of italian style and Vintage Auroras not only look well - they were engineered to last and write amazingly well. The ones you can find on ebay can still - in their late seventies - ashame most of modern fountain pens by their quality and pleasure derived from writing experience. The model was designed by renowned industrial designer - Marcelo Nizzolli who is credited with design of the Olivetti Lettera 22 and Lexicon 80 portable typewriters as well as the Necchi Mirella sewing machine. The pen went through some design and name changes during years after its introduction and in the 1970s decision was made to discontinue the model. If you want to know more you should definitely read amazing post about Aurora 88 dynasty published on Fountain Pen Network. Happily with years passing and due to lack of creative ideas (just my interpretation) the company decided to reintroduce model 88. Additionally they saw it fit to change the design and make the pen more modern looking. New Aurora 88 features black resin barrel and five different trim options , a redesigned ink window, rhodium-coated14 ct gold nib (available in EF, F, Italic Medium, M, and piston-filling mechanism. After few years slim, CC model called Aurora 88 (817) was introduced. Personally I find vintage Aurora 88 design more interesting. I've managed to buy cc version of this pen for 200 $, much less than MSRP. I would prefer to get piston-filler but you know how it is, when the bargain appears you don't have much time to act. Sometimes it's just better to take a risk and regret later than not to take a shot at all. Impressions Aurora 88 (817) with chromium plated cap looks stunning. Especially from some distance - closer look allows to see some of the pen shortcomings - it still makes rather good impression but not as good as seen from distance. The packaging is rather impressive. The pen itself is made of precious resin - I prefer to call it plastic for what it really is. Material is pleasant to touch but it simply doesn't feel precious. It feels average at best. It feels light and fragile and is prone to collect dust and fingerprints easily. If you've ever used Sailor or Pilot plastic pens you won't be impressed with Aurora's "precious resin". Sailor's acryllic glass feels much, much better in hand I may be wrong and it may happen that the barrel is quite durable but I won't risk to make any endurance tests on this pen. Without the cap Aurora 88 (817) wouldn't have much character. Chromium plated and gently ribbed cap looks simply stunning. It gives nice contrast to black body. I can't understand one thing though - why Aurora dediced to make it snap-on and not screw cap. I prefer screw caps. On the other hand the cap in Aurora has resistance when you're capping it that is then followed by a satisfying CLICK. Is seems solid but only time will tell if this is the case. The pen is very light and feels small in the hand without posting. The capis heavier than the body and is fluted. The clip is unadorned. Actually the only branding on the pen is the inscription "AURORA" on the base of the cap. The nib Olivastre L'artisan Pastellier on Moleskine, below Inti L'Artisan Pastellier on Oxford paper. On fountain pen forums you hear people say Aurora in-house nibs are one of a kind. They are handmade but contrary to Omas nibs they're not buttery smooth. Some people don’t appreciate the feedback they give. Personally I enjoy buttery smooth nibs. While I believe my Omas Ogiva Alba is overpriced pen I absolutely love its nib. It's simply amazing. How does Aurora's nib compare to it? Well, it's definitely not the same and writing experience is different. Aurora 88 nib is small and rather stiff. If you are looking for some flex this definitely isn’t for you. It doesn’t skip and starts right away even after being uncapped for 5 minutes or more. The line is fairly wet but not as broad or as wet as in my Kaweco Classic Sport broad nib. All in all the writing is enjoyable but I prefer the feeling I get from writing with Omas or Visconti. Filling system Standard cartridge / converter. Not my favorite filling system, but it does let the pen fill from a bottle like any other filling system. If converter fails, it is cheap and easy to replace. On the other hand for the price I would expect this pen to fill itself while I'm asleep. This doesn't happen. I would prefer piston-filler especially that price difference between Aurora 88 (817) and her bigger piston-filling brothers is minimal, but I guess piston-filler wouldn't be practical in such a slim pen. Size ( Aurora and Lamy Safari compared) Aurora 88 (817) is small and light pen, too small and too light to my taste. Closed: 135 mms Open: 130 mms Summary Aurora 88 (817) is nice fountain pen and I believe it could become quite popular if only it was priced more reasonably. For the price of 400 - 450 $ you can get a lot of pens and most of them are simply better than this one. The nib writes well, the cap looks great but personally I find Pilot CH 92 or Lamy 2000 much better pens - so called precious resin of Aurora's body doesn't feel precious, it feels cheap compared to Sailor's acrylic glass or Lamy's macrolon. Also this pen is simply to small and to light for my taste. The cap looks stunning though. That's my favorite part of the design. All in all the pen performs well but it's one of purchases I'm not really happy with, mainly due to its lightweight and small dimensions.
  17. Aurora 88 Sole's release is nearly here! As you may know the new Aurora 88 Sole will be released during this summer, specifically, this piece will be available by the end of July. As we have had the chance to have it in our hands, we would like to share some pictures with you all! The fountain pen will be available in EF, F, M, B, BB. In order to get to know more details about this novelty please click here. Remember you can already pre-order this spectacular pen in our website. Furthremore, if you would like to know more information do not hesitate to contact us through info@iguanasell.com
  18. mmikell04

    Question About A Vintage Aurora 88

    I recently purchased a vintage Aurora 88 fountain pen at the Chicago Pen show and I am having some ink flow inconsistencies. When I fill the pen and begin writing, the ink flows out from the nib like a river. I like a wet writer, but this is far too wet for my tastes. Then as I continue to use the pen, the ink flow begins to become more of a dry writer and even skips a bit (railroading here too). Any advice how to correct it, or who might be able to adjust this flow, would be appreciated. Thank you.
  19. I just got my Aurora Optima 360 Monviso yesterday, which makes me very happy. Because some of us have been wondering how the Monviso limited edition acrylic compares to the Nero Perla from the regular line, I thought I'd share a few photos here. Completists can find more photos here and here. Here they are with the Monviso on top and the Nero Perla below. http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h219/mochasolo/Misc%20Pens%20and%20Inks/DSC_3773_zps2eqgj3jy.jpg The Monviso has more black, and its acrylic chunks seem larger on the whole. The Nero Perla has a lighter appearance and is more translucent. http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h219/mochasolo/Misc%20Pens%20and%20Inks/DSC_3762_zpsczvtur3m.jpg The trim and nib for both are chrome-colored, but capbands are different, as well as the nibs. The Monviso has an 18k nib and the Nero Perla has a 14k nib. I think they both look great, and of course they both write beautifully. http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h219/mochasolo/Misc%20Pens%20and%20Inks/DSC_3622_zpsj84aapqv.jpg
  20. Hello, I'm considering an Aurora BB nib, and would love to heard from anyone with experience of using them. I am hoping for something stubbish, giving some line variation but not quite as much as a true stub, since the narrower line width does not suit my forward-slanting writing, particularly as the Aurora stub has no tipping material! Can anyone please confirm if current Aurora BB nibs are stubbish? A writing sample would be fabulous, especially one comparing stub and BB writing
  21. Ok. Maybe I am going crazy, but I swear I saw a post a day or two ago announcing an Aurora 88 Sole, not an Optima, but an Aurora 88. Sole. Coming this summer, $795. Am I crazy? Does someone know where a link to that is? Or is this one of those things that got taken down because it's not supposed to be announced yet?
  22. Hello, Moment ago I have discovered my beloved Aurora Hastil has lost one of its jewels somewhere on the way. Made my Monday really, really sad. Can someone help me with sourcing a replacement one? Help! http://ewebog.nazwa.pl/allegro/Hastil-1.JPG http://ewebog.nazwa.pl/allegro/Hastil-2.JPG Thank you in advance, Filip
  23. Tonywatermanfan

    Aurora 88P (50's)

    Many years ago, from an old uncle back home in Italy I inherited the above pen which I used for a while when I was a student in the 70's. The pen has a serial number which reads: 3198801 M I understand M stands for Medium Nib but does the number say anything about the date of manufacturing..? I estimate the pen to originate from either 50's or 60's but I am not an expert by any stretch of the imagination..... Thank you all...
  24. PenBoutique

    Monviso By Cesare Verona!

    We are taking pre-orders! If you have any questions please give a call or send us your questions via email. Phone: 1800-263-2736 or 410-992-3272 Email: Support@penboutique.com 18kt solid gold nib, Limited to 360 units
  25. Okay so I'm new to the forum and newish to fountain pens. So please excuse my stupidity. But I got a Aurora Mar Adriatico, which I love aesthetically but has a writing experience that isn't for me. And I have a Nakaya Naka-ai, which has a writing experience that is perfect for me. So my dumb question is would it be possible for someone trained (not me) to fit the Aurora with a Nakaya nib? Let me know! Thanks Bri





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