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Aurora Optima Fountain Pen, Auroloide, Silver trim, 996CB
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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.
Swiss Military Hanowa Active Duty Quartz Watch, Blue, 43 mm, 6-4335.04.003
Victorinox Alliance Ladies XS Quartz Watch, White, 28mm, V241879
Love this pen so much, great buy, perfect writer. Fantastic service, BUT, i just went back to buy two more pens, only to discover the free shipping to Australia, has gone from a spend of $350.00 to a spend of $1000,00. i nearly fell off my chair Mate...Guess ill have to stick with the two beauty's i have already bought..:)
Amazing product and super fast delivery. Highly recommended. Thank you Iguana Sell!!
Excellent dive watch with a backup depth gauge. The accent alarm is too quiet
to be of use. Otherwise an inexpensive diver that is now my main dive watch. Very accurate also. Highly recommended.
Both with the watch and the service, couldn't of asked for more. Iguanasell was the only one who offered ready available for what I was looking for and although half a world away, both process and service was quick and efficient. Don't hesitate
Best quality of product and very quick delivery. Many thanks.
Really happy with this time piece, excellent quality and great bracelet. Very impressed with Iguana Sell's communication, pricing and short delivery time to Australia. Will buy again.
Everything has been such a breeze for dealing with these guys. Orders came through with no hassle. Five stars!
As the title said, I am happy to spend time to recommend Iguanashop for their great service. I purchased a Piquadro bag and the product arrived one day before expected delivery, totalling to 5 days. This is remarkable as delivery address is in Australia. The product was well preserved and the wrapping showed care. Communication with the shop all along the process has been pleasant and timely.
Great service, prompt, efficient delivery, excellent product. Highly recommended!
What a good solid watch great purchase I'm very happy with it looks the goods.
Love the look and the quality of the pen, writes well and the nib has quite a lot of feedback. The grip section is a bit too slim for my personal taste. Great pen overall
Beautiful adorable addition to my collection.
A really great ink. Fantastic colour, very smooth and even flow.
My daughter was extremely happy with her watch. Exactly what she was expecting.
Very pleased with the service, communication and product
Excellent lighter. Great costumer service, would definitely recommend.
The watch is beautiful. But the delivery can be improved.
The watch is exactly as was described. It was wrapped really well in a large box which I was really impressed with.
I would use this company again.
I have another Aurora 88 with a fine nib however having recently discovered stub nibs and really enjoying writing with them I was keen to try an 88 with a stub nib especially at the great price that Iguanasell offered. I chose the classic black with nikargenta trim. The pen has all the qualities of the 88 (finish, perfect balance, very light in the hand, flawless piston filler, posts very well). The nib has the "house style" feedback of most Aurora nibs though not too much and writes as a true 1.1 stub with clear line demarcation between vertical and horizontal . I feel that the 88 is a classic thought somewhat underappreciated pen. Iguanasell provided flawless service with quick delivery and great communication. I am a very happy repeat customer!
I recently purchased a watch from Iguanasell. Great service, super fast delivery. Would definitely purchase again from this company. 5 stars!
Quick, effective and efficient. Well done Iguana Sell!
Allways happy with new U-Boat watch
Excellent watch, the lume on the dial at low light is a pleasure to see, Its my go to dress watch and always gets attention, whenever I wear it.
I bought this pen as a congratulatory present and the recipient was deeply pleased with it.
Good product took a long time to arrive tho but a good product nonetheless
I bought this for my boyfriend twice ( he lost it once ) and he is still in love with it today! Refillable ink catridge is super useful, and it writes super beautifully (once you get the hand of it). Overall amazing
A wonderful gift from a wonderful friend.
Very happy with the quality
Beautiful, rugged, good quality all around. My most worn watch in my collection
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Great classic fountain pen
I own the Defi Xtreme as well. It’s a great lighter but the XX is definitely an upgrade with double flame.
High quality, excellent!
When I first took the pen from the box, I was impressed. It is a beauty thought. The pen writes as smoothly as I expected. A delight to use.
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