Some days call for a pen that make me feel like Audrey Hepburn on a Roman Holiday. On those days, I cannot carry around a plastic gel pen with scented ink in it. Oh, no. On those days, I need something with stature and sophistication. A pen that says I’m ready to take on the world with a disarming smile and a cunning plan. Those days call for the Aurora Optima fountain pen.
See what I mean about how beautiful it looks in my Kate Spade handbag? Kind of speaks for itself.
The Optima Auroloide Perla is made from a two-color resin, which is a combination of iridescent and transparent colors, that reminds me of pearl seashells or marbled floor or countertops. It’s combined with the silver colored hardware that makes the Optima look posh but understated. It’s classy but not gaudy.
The nib is engraved with lovely scrollwork. I have a medium nib which is a bit wider than what I would normally use but thought it would provide more line variation than my normal fine or extra-fine.
The Optima is a piston filler with a clear window to view ink capacity. Since the resin material has a little bit of transparency as well, the choice of ink color will be visible in some light as well. I have Robert Oster Signature Claret in the Optima here. It seemed appropriate to have a wine color in an Italian pen.
The nib was tuned by Dan Smith of Nibsmith to make sure that it was in tip-top shape. I was able to use the pen to write in script, print and even to doodle using my upside down left-handed writing without any issues or hard starts. The medium nib might be a tad wide for my tiny, everyday handwriting though. But I do love how much line variation I get and how much color variation in the ink is visible in the larger nib width.
- Weight: 23gms filled with ink
- Length: 5″ long capped
- 4.75″ uncapped from nib tip to end
- 6″ long with cap posted
- 14K nib
This is my “big girl” pen. For those days when I put on my heels, the jacket and get out my Kate Spade handbag that says I mean business. But its not so fussy or fancy as to not feel at home with my well-loved Traveler’s Notebook and a pea coat. But this pen is urbane and classic and sophisticated. It loves my Kate Spade zip planner and lovely ivory paper stock.
This pen hopes I get to fly business class.
The Aurora Optima is available from Anderson Pens and Pen Chalet, starting at $445.
DISCLAIMER: This item was sent to me free of charge by Kenro Industries for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.
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The first image, with the pen laying on something leather from Kate Spade – is that a journal cover or a small zippered pouch?
It’s the zippered planner from Kate Spade. Shown open in the last photo.
Lovely pen. Great review. and nice insight.
As always, great review. This is indeed a gorgeous pen. You are right, the silver colored accents really work well and look elegant. Kate Spade…nice. I always took you more for a Betsy Johnson type of style☺
Equal opportunity style junkie.
What an absolutely beautiful pen. And for that price, it had better mean business.
A wonderful review; full of whimsy and caprice. A Vespa ride of the qualities of the Aurora Optima. Well…. a more pleasant jaunt than the movie.