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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.
Very beautiful piece!
A beautifully crafted watch - cannot stop staring at it!
This watch does not retail in Australia so I didn't have the opportunity to see it in real life before purchasing, so I can say it exceeded my expectations when it arrived and it was love at first site.
Iguana was also amazing with their customer service. They communicated every step of the journey and were insanely responsive. Thank you so much!
I ordered a watch as a gift and needed it in a short time-frame. The service was fabulous. The watch arrived in good time and Kamila kept me updated and provided great advice!
Although one of Aurora's less expensive pens this is one of the best pens in my collection. It is very well balanced especially when posted and writes as a true extrafine with only a modest amount of feedback. The click-on cap is very functional. The matt finish is very attractive. An excellent everyday pen. Very reliable service as usual from Iguanasell.
This product is faultless. It feels great to hold, is efficient in use and exquisite design. Iguanasell is a great business that I will be using again to purchase other ST Dupont products.
Fantastic. Watch is beautifully designed and sits perfectly on the wrist. Stop2Go movement is mesmerising. Back light function is underwhelming unless given a burst of light but was prepared for that from previous reviews.. Luminescence only lasts a few minutes.
Good communication, fast shipping, good prices, very punctual at the time to deliver the parcel. Nice good quality watch . I'll keep buying stuff from this place👍
Great pen, excellent customer service, fully tracked delivery on time.
It writes beautifully, it’s comfortable and light to write with. I just love it. Very happy with my purchase!
If each season in our calendar had a pen as an emblem, this is a perfect Autumn on display!!
Indeed a wonderful addition to my collection. Beautiful pen and "too good to use" category. Delightful. Great workmanship!
Nice balance and writing comfort. The fine steel nib is scratchy though and much too dependent on the paper being used . Can’t compare with a 14k nib. Should come with a proprietary converter.
The Mont Blanc M fine nib is more medium than fine. The writing experience is underwhelming compared to a Meisterstuck 149 predominantly due to form being given more importance than function by Mr Newson. The service by Iguana Sell was impeccable though.
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Nice watch. Recommend this product highly
Excellent product and excellent service.
I am so pleased with this watch - arrived a couple of days later than expected but worth the wait - best value on the internet.
Quality pen and quality service.
Fantastic looking watch from Citizen Promaster series.