Aurora Vintage Hastil Collection Fountain Pensearch

Aurora Vintage Hastil Collection Fountain Pen

Aurora Vintage Hastil Collection Fountain Pen

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Bought one of these off IguanaSell back when they had NOS priced around $80. Mine takes a parker converter, but the pen itself isn't all that great for writing with. Grip is somewhat uncomfortable, coming from someone that doesn't particularly mind thinner pens. Writing with it, the nib feels about the same as a Lamy steel nib in M. The cap and body feel well made, but uncscrew the section and it feels like cheap plastic. If you just need one as a display piece or something, then go for it, otherwise you can get a lot more pen for $200...
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There is damn little information anywhere on the actual mechanics of the "innovative ink-filling system called the Idrograph" other than some vague references to capillary action. Parker 61s used a capillary filling system with limited success but until someone can offer more specifics, we can only speculate on the Aurora filling system. More interestingly, the fact that this is now the second drop for a New Old Stock pen in as many weeks, suggests that MD has found a new friend in the old pen business. Wonder what else is lurking down in that basement?
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True, not many clues to go on, but I did find a site (in Italian) discussing the pen and action. Details were vague but I did get the impression it was a capillary filler. It's possible the "Idrograph" was removable so the user could switch over to a proprietary converter or cartridge. If so, that would have been a solution to the Parker 61's short comings (once filled, it was impossible to empty completely, making it impractical to change ink colors). We may never know--unless you buy one!
I bought one of these NOS several years ago, and mine is indeed a c/c pen.
It was an interesting exercise attempting to sleuth more information regarding the Aurora Hastil. The most informative page I found was this thread on FPN. The post by the user gicoteni is a wealth of information. Most of the posts I read throughout the Internet seem to agree this is a 'museum' or 'show' pen. Purportedly its clean lines and minimal design equate to a difficult writing experience for many. Also, there are a wealth of colors and styles, so for anyone looking to collect them all, this is only the beginning of the rabbit hole. In addition, finding a converter for this pen, should one be so inclined, appears to be a non-trivial feat. The original converters were a sub-optimal bladder implementation and while some claim Parker slim converters will work, others refute such a claim. From the FPN thread (started 2007), prices others have paid through various outlets are all well below what is priced here. I can understand this, as they are undoubtedly more rare today than they were a decade ago, however its important to note that that premium is being applied. One user recounts purchasing the pen for less than 10 euros! Retail stores generally seem to have the chrome version only, and ask a price between ~300USD and ~600USD, making the MD price seem quite attractive. Ebay prices, however, are scattered, with some lower than here (by greater than 50%) and some higher, however it's important to note, almost no new-in-box offerings.* Videos for the red and black from IguanaSell. *Ebay is NOT an apples-to-apples comparison with MassDrop and really the only reason I mention Ebay is because this is a discontinued item with very little information available, and so anyone considering this pen will likely end up there as part of their due diligence regardless.
Is the converter included?