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Diplomat Aero first impressions


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I’m well aware of the outstanding reputation of these nibs. Was really surprised to find a few that were sub-par. Nothing serious but the finishing touch was missing and I’m pretty sure that most online buyers would have returned the pens because of it. I wasn’t nitpicking.

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I confess I've only ever owned 3 Diplomat pens, however the nibs on all three have been exceedingly good.  Luck of the draw, I guess.  

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I have the e-lox, which is basically the same as the Aero, and it has one of the best B nibs OOB I've come across.

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I just bought an orange Aero with an M nib from Pen Savings. $135. Writes as smoothly has my Lamy 2000. And that cap is so satisfying to snap on.

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I have the fine Diplomat Aero. I am going to swap it for gold nib. I find the steel slightly stiff. However, the pen is exceptional. I think it might be one of the most fun pens to write with and I have MB, Sailor, Dupont etc. Im thrilled to own it and the price point is phenomenal value. Clearly an everyday carry or a workhouse when you dont want something overly austere or fancy. Diplomat is under rated brand like Otto Hutt; another german maker.

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I bought my first Aero about 4 months ago, a medium nib. I was so impressed by it that I just added another, this time with an EF nib. I've shied away from EF in the past because my Kakuno was miserable (admittedly an inexpensive pen). I took a chance with the Aero and I was not disappointed; it's very smooth. 

In both cases I picked up the pens on sale from Pen Savings so I saved about $45 on each of them.

Now I have my eye on the Elox but I can't decide between black/orange and black/blue. Will go with a F nib this time.

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1 hour ago, Kho said:

I bought my first Aero about 4 months ago, a medium nib. I was so impressed by it that I just added another, this time with an EF nib. I've shied away from EF in the past because my Kakuno was miserable (admittedly an inexpensive pen). I took a chance with the Aero and I was not disappointed; it's very smooth. 

In both cases I picked up the pens on sale from Pen Savings so I saved about $45 on each of them.

Now I have my eye on the Elox but I can't decide between black/orange and black/blue. Will go with a F nib this time.

 

Thanks for sharing this! I've been trying to decide if I want to try out an EF nib the next time I buy a new (or newish) Diplomat, just for the variety. I love how smooth the nibs are but I was afraid that an EF might disappoint. I have a few old Diplomats from the 60s/70s with EF nibs (school pens) and they are great, especially with wet inks. But the modern nibs are a whole different animal to the old semi-hooded 'spade' nibs. 

FP addict thanks to #Penpalooza. Currently can't stop collecting Diplomats.

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3 hours ago, DvdRiet said:

I love how smooth the nibs are but I was afraid that an EF might disappoint.

 

I'd be the wrong person to talk to about nib smoothness, but I'll say that my only Diplomat pens all have excellent steel "size #6" EF nibs, and all the of them perform consistently and none of them disappointed.

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8 hours ago, A Smug Dill said:

 

I'd be the wrong person to talk to about nib smoothness, but I'll say that my only Diplomat pens all have excellent steel "size #6" EF nibs, and all the of them perform consistently and none of them disappointed.

Thanks! Yes, it was your posts about the A2s that got me thinking I might like to try it. I was a solid (European!) M-ist when I first started with fountain pens, so the thought of an EF was basically just insanity. ;) It wasn’t until I ‘accidentally’ (read: wasn’t paying attention) acquired some vintage/older Diplomats with finer, and even some oblique, nibs that I realized how nice it is to have a variety to choose from.

 

The two of you have convinced me - an EF it is, next time!

FP addict thanks to #Penpalooza. Currently can't stop collecting Diplomats.

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I have purchase stripped one from Appelboom and I am very exciting to use it

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Well, I finally got myself a 'regular' Aero! I'm not sure what I was expecting from the weird shape but I LOVE the look of this pen!! I thought I knew what it would be like since I already have the LE Volute (pictured right) that I used a Fountain Pen Day discount to get last year, but this one does actually look and feel quite different. I couldn't decide between the plain Factory version and the matte black (or maybe the orange one?? or...??), so when I found out the Stripes version was on sale, it was an easy choice. And I'm pleasantly surprised by what a good-looking pen it is (to me anyway)! Photos don't really do it justice.

 

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3 hours ago, DvdRiet said:

I'm not sure what I was expecting from the weird shape but I LOVE the look of this pen!!

 

Glad to have repaid you in kind for enabling me on a Diplomat Excellence A2 Oxyd Brass.  🤪

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40 minutes ago, A Smug Dill said:

 

Glad to have repaid you in kind for enabling me on a Diplomat Excellence A2 Oxyd Brass.  🤪

 

Haha, yes, I was still trying to decide whether I should thank you for tempting me to get this one, or curse you for helping to drain my bank account! 😉

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21 hours ago, DvdRiet said:

Well, I finally got myself a 'regular' Aero! I'm not sure what I was expecting from the weird shape but I LOVE the look of this pen!! I thought I knew what it would be like since I already have the LE Volute (pictured right) that I used a Fountain Pen Day discount to get last year, but this one does actually look and feel quite different. I couldn't decide between the plain Factory version and the matte black (or maybe the orange one?? or...??), so when I found out the Stripes version was on sale, it was an easy choice. And I'm pleasantly surprised by what a good-looking pen it is (to me anyway)! Photos don't really do it justice.

 

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The stripey fella is the one I have - I love it.  It not only writes well, it looks and feels superb.  

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32 minutes ago, Aysedasi said:

 

The stripey fella is the one I have - I love it.  It not only writes well, it looks and feels superb.  

 

Funny you say that because it did immediately remind me of a handsome fellow in a pin-striped suit when I took it out of the box! :) It's also pleasantly tactile with the smooth, shallow grooves. I've inked it up as my rotation pen for today and it is certainly a pleasure to write with.

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On 7/6/2022 at 1:54 PM, DvdRiet said:

 

Funny you say that because it did immediately remind me of a handsome fellow in a pin-striped suit when I took it out of the box! :) It's also pleasantly tactile with the smooth, shallow grooves. I've inked it up as my rotation pen for today and it is certainly a pleasure to write with.

 

I always feel as if I'm writing with a miniature zeppelin.......  ;)

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53 minutes ago, Aysedasi said:

 

I always feel as if I'm writing with a miniature zeppelin.......  ;)

 

Haha, I think that was their plan! 😉

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