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Aurora Optima Fountain Pen, Auroloide, Silver trim, 996CB

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Description
Aurora fountain pen

Nib
14K gold nib plated with rhodium.

Finish
Cap and barrel in auroloide. Chrome trims.

Closure System
Screw-on

Filling System
Piston Filler with hidden reservoir
Dimensions (capped/uncapped)
12,5 cm (4.92in) / 12,2 cm (4.80in)

Warranty (years)
5

Line
Optima

Reference
996CB

Retail Price
475€ / $620 / £405

 

Special features:

  • Reminiscent of the elegance and sobriety of the historic pen of the Thirties – an authentic legend in its time – the new Optima maintains its unique line and all of its charm to become, once again, a cult object for men and women who know how to choose
  • The new Auroloide version of the Optima range has been created using antique materials and features hand-finished trims and great attention down to the smallest detail.
  • The cap and barre are made of marbled Auroloide, an antique material, yet refined and prestigious
  • This fountain pen uses the classic filler pump filling system with the Aurora exclusive hidden reservoir device. When you run out of ink, just turn the end of the pen anticlockwise and your Aurora will write another page. Additionally, you can leave the end turned to remind you to fill the pen.
  • The blue celluloid reminds us of a darkening sky as it shimmers and reflects light.


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Glossy though not classy - Aurora Optima

Blue resin and silver trim looks glossy enough, but the plain black plastic cap end is neither furnished with embossing or any silver trim, so sitting in your shirt pocket the look is that of an industrial fitting with a sad plastic cap. So not a classy pen. Which is pity, having traded it for a good USD500. The main resin of the body is another story, also not all good. Two issues: no mass, and translucent. The latter is obvious when uncapping the pen; even in poor indoor lighting the cap lights up from any ambient light close by, making it appear insubstantial and flimsy, much like a drinking straw.
So, does it work well? Yes and no. The nib is just awesome, with outstanding precision in the interaction with any reasonably good paper. Ink flow never falters or dries up. The nib writing ability is beyond exceptionally good. Still, the Optima is not a great writing instrument. Actually, I'd rate it even to some USD100-200 Parkers and Watermans I have in my collection. How is that? The problem is mass, or rather absence of mass. When moving the pen, there is not sufficient inertia to keep the pen moving in an even and fluid motion. The scratchy nib, which is great by itself, accentuates this problem. My writing deteriorates significantly with the Optima, compared to a Waterman Expert for example, which is less than half the price.
I admit to having made a mistake in fitting a fine (F) point nib on this rather chubby body. A fine nib encourages writing in smaller type on, small paper formats with tight line spacing, while the thick pen body shouts for larger fonts with wide line spacing. So the nib and the body are not working together.So my advice to anyone getting a fountain pen, please consider a possible interdependency between nib size in relation to pen girth: some combinations may not be working perfectly for you.
On that note, I’d really like to try out a broad nib on my Optima, expecting to see a considerable improvement in writing performance.


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