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Aurora Alpha Fountain Pen

Aurora Alpha Fountain Pen

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All I can say is this is a fine pen, and along with another Aurora pen, which I've had about 30+ years, it is immediately one of my favorite pens. If there is such a thing as flawless, this is it. Simply a superbly comfortable writer that always makes it inviting to sit down and write some more.
Received mine today. Beautiful pen, great price, really elegant. Ended up going with Black color and Fine nib (must have switched between Fine and Stub a hundred times), but writes a slightly thinner line than European Fine (comparable to Japanese Fine-Medium, which I think is my sweet spot). It is a wet writer and super smooth -- no feedback here! Currently inked with Aurora Black (not very creative, but great combo).
Does these nib flex?
I received this pen as part of the last drop. I *love* this pen. It’s now part of my daily rotation. I have the black Alpha with a stub nib. I honestly wasn’t expecting the finish to be so iridescent and pretty. I find myself twirling it under the light to watch it “change“. The nib writes beautifully (it is a stub so you have to hold it correctly) and is super smooth. I don’t experience any of this “Aurora feedback” that I keep hearing Aurora is known for. It’s very wet, so I get lots of sheen or shading depending on the ink.

The knurling on the section is great. I was concerned that it would dig into my fingers and be uncomfortable, but so far that fear has been proven unfounded. That said, I haven’t yet sat down with this pen for a multi-hour writing session.

Unexpected bonuses:
- The cap comes off with slightly more than half a full rotation. This makes it very convenient to get the cap on/off during meetings.
- You can post the cap safely. They have a nice little beveled area inside the cap that hugs onto the back of the pen body so that the metal isn’t the part hugging the pen. Hopefully the plastic in the cap won’t wear down the beautiful finish over time.
- I don’t care about packaging, but wow, was this ever an elegant presentation. It’s the biggest and heaviest box of any pen I own, with what smells to me like real leather inside.

Cons:
- While I mentioned you can post the cap, it doesn’t post deeply. The body is really long (longer than my M805), so posting makes it a bit unwieldy. I do like posting my pens so this is unfortunate for me, but it’s a wonderful size un-posted.
- The converter is a proprietary size so none of my international converters work. Just need to source a spare :)
- I got dinged by customs for this package and had to pay an extra $85 CAD. I don’t usually have to pay customs on items coming through USPS, but I wonder if the weight of this package triggered something through customs. This is complete speculation.

Anyway, this pen is so good it has made me now want to try other Aurora’s!!
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I‘m not sure exactly, but I’ve attached a writing sample. My apologies for the bad photo quality (hopefully uploading it here doesn’t make it worse).
Yomri
Looks great!
Received mine yesterday. Put in the cartridge and it started up without problems. Very smooth. Going to order another if this drop become active again. This is a great price for this pen. Classic pens is selling it for $450.
BlMa
your wish is granted LOL
Anyone knows if the nib/feed unscrews on the Aurora Alpha?
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Will an Ipsilon nib fit in the Alpha?
Yomri
No, as far as i know.
I also feel the need for huge capacity might be a bit hyped. If you are buying this pen, it is about experience. If you need a workhorse, pelikan m205 or lamy 2k is probably a better buy.

And I also find that high capacity makes me wait longer in between inks. Last thing, piston fillers do degrade and fail. So a converter is actually my favorite filling mechanism now.
I want this so badly, but I need to stop buying so much stuff. I always wanted an Aurora (the Nembulosa has been on my mind for months), I simply need to re-group after moving, not to mention having bought a couple grand worth of pens in the last four months (not to mention watches and leather goods, and Christmas presents). That said, Mass Drop has had some good ones lately. I wish I could grab this one, but discipline must win out.
For those not familiar with the brand, Aurora is, quite simply stated, one of the best pens you are likely to buy. Their quality is unsurpassed, and if you find one that you like, at a price that you can afford, by all means snap it up. It will never disappoint. And to go along with your Aurora pen, there is no ink that will match Aurora inks. Until two years ago they made only two colors: blue and black. They’ve expanded their offerings by 50%, and have now added blue-black. The blue has a slight purplish shade to it, but all the inks write a beautiful, wet line, with excellent lubricating qualities. I reserve my Aurora inks for my best pens (such as Aurora.). So, if you like these pens, and you can shell out the bucks, grab one.
Hopefully there will be more Aurora fountain pens, my only comment was the company was founded in Turin not Florence.
Decent deal on an Aurora.
Lots of nib options too.
Would love to see one with a flex nib, though.
Great to see an Aurora here. Hope more come along. BTW I would take "generous ink capacity rivals that of many piston fillers" with a grain of salt.
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Oh. Thanks. I though the Pilot Custom 92 was a regular converter.
SkipPp
I think the 91 is a c/c but looks more or less the same (from what I understand the Pilot numbers are based on the pen's original price in Yen, so they are basically impossible to figure out based on numbers).
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