Aurora Optima Italic Nib Fountain Pen Review

 

In this 4K video I review the Aurora Optima Fountain Pen with Italic Nib. This Italian fountain pen features an exceptional 14kt gold italic nib.

Aurora Optima – Burgundy Auroloide – Italic

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Aurora 88 Blue Mamba Fountain Pen Review

In this 4K video I review the Aurora 88 Blue Mamba Fountain Pen. This mono-tone blue fountain pen features an 18kt gold nib and a piston filling system.

Aurora 88 Blue Mamba

Products used in this video:

Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo Fountain Pen Ink

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Aurora Style Fountain Pen Review

In this 4K video I review the Aurora Style Fountain Pen. This excellent fountain pen is one of the most affordable fountain pens that is made in Italy. It has an attractive full-size body and an excellent nib made in house by Aurora.

Aurora Style Blue Matte / Rose Gold Trim – EF Nib

Aurora Style Rose Gold Cap Black Barrel – M Nib

Aurora Duo Cart Fountain Pen Review

 

In this 4K video I review the Aurora Duo Cart Fountain Pen. This pen has a vintage inspired design with a semi-hooded nib and a guilloche cap.

Aurora Duo Cart

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Aurora Talentum Flex Nib Fountain Pen Review

In this 4K video I review the Aurora Talentum fountain pen with flex nib. This pen features a full sized body and a large 14kt gold nib.

Some other great Visconti Rembrandt reviews (I have no affiliation with the sites linked below):

Aurora Optima Fountain Pen Review

In this 4K video I review the Aurora Optima Fountain Pen. The Optima features a comfortable full sized body and a 14kt nib. It has a piston filling system with a hidden reservoir.

Aurora Ipsilon Deluxe Lacquer Fountain Pen Review

In this 4K video I review the Aurora Ipsilon Deluxe Lacquer Fountain Pen. This is an Italian fountain pen made by Aurora with an excellent 14kt gold nib and a beautiful brown marbled lacquer body. The Ipsilon is a great everyday fountain pen and one of my favorite fountain pens under $300.

Aurora Ipsilon Deluxe Lacquer Fountain Pen: https://amzn.to/31fLgnp

This video is NOT sponsored. Some product links are affiliate links which mean if you buy something I will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.

Aurora Hastil Fountain Pen Review

In the 4K video above I review the iconic Aurora Hastil fountain pen. The Aurora Hastil is a modern design classic that started the slim fountain pen movement in the 1970s.

The Aurora Hastil is one of only a few fountain pens to be on permanent display at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. Here is a link to their page on the Hastil : https://www.moma.org/collection/works/1919

New this pen is quite expensive but Aurora made these pens for quite a while so finding nice used examples isn’t too difficult.

Here is a nice Aurora Hastil Review from Unsharpen:

Unsharpen’s Aurora Hastil Review

Aurora 88 Fountain Pen Quick Review

Aurora 88 Fountain Pen
Aurora 88 with Nikargenta Cap

The Aurora 88 is one of the best Italian fountain pens ever produced and is, without question, the most commercially successful Italian fountain pen of all time.

The 88 was designed by architect Marcello Nizzoli in the late 1940s and features a streamlined style with a hooded nib and a metal slip cap much like the Parker 51.

Aurora 88 Fountain Pen

Because of its commercial success the Aurora 88 is not a rare pen and as such prices are reasonable (unlike most vintage Italian pens).  Nice examples of the original 88 model can be had for $100-$200.  I particularly like the Nikargenta capped version as this silver material was only available on the original model unlike the rolled gold, chrome and solid gold versions.

Aurora 88 Fountain Pen

The Aurora 88 is a true workhorse and makes an excellent everyday pen. Compared to the standard-size Parker 51, the 88 is slightly fatter and heavier.  The added weight and girth make the 88 feel more expensive than the 51.

Aurora 88 Fountain Pen

The 88’s 14kt hooded nib is more exposed than the Parker 51s allowing more flexibility and line variation.  The 88 also features a piston filler with an ink view window.

Aurora 88 Fountain Pen

I had a hard time coming up with negatives for the 88…it’s a really good pen all around.  It’s (relatively) affordable, it’s hard working, it writes well, it looks and feels good…

Aurora 88 Fountain Pen

I suspect that the (aerometric) Parker 51 is a slightly tougher pen with it’s ultra durable filling system and more protected nib but the Aurora is more fun to write with.

I highly recommend the Aurora 88, it is excellent.

Aurora Optima Repaired and Back From Italy!

Aurora Optima Fountain Pen Repair

Earlier in September I broke my beloved Aurora Optima.  The piston knob came off while I was cleaning it.

Broken Aurora Optima Fountain Pen

Having sent other pens to Italy for repair I expected a 3-6 month turn around so I was delighted when my Optima arrived only 2 months later.

Aurora Optima Fountain Pen Repair

 

I am so glad to have the Optima back, though I am scared to see the bill.

Aurora Optima Fountain Pen Repair
Chumming with a vintage Optima…