These nice piston-fillers, made by OMAS ex-employees, are exclusive to Write Here Shrewsbury. Limited to 50 pens, don’t wait too long with ordering if you want one. Note that the pen costs 375 GBP without VAT, which, with current exchange rates, yields a lower cost in USD than I provided in the video.
After meeting again at the DC pen show, Emmanuel of the Armando Simoni Club lent me this pen and after using it for a few days, I had to buy it: it is a stunning piece in the much sought-after arco bronze celluloid, with a great nib and a cool filling system.
Length (capped): 161.1 mm/6.34″
Length (uncapped): 148.7 mm/5.85″
Length (posted): does not post
Diameter (barrel): 14.4 – 15.7 mm/0.57″ – 062″
Diameter (section): 11.7 – 12.9 mm/0.46″ – 051″
Weight (all): 59 g
Weight (cap): 12 g
Weight (body): 47 g
With all the new flex nibs hitting the market recently, I thought I would compare the Aurora 88 with the brand’s new 14k “vintage flex” nib, the Franklin-Christoph Model 66 with the new 14k flex nib, and the good old classic Pilot Falcon (metal body) with 14k flex nib. Let’s see how these three nibs fare face-to-face.
Scott Franklin kindly sent me these new Franklin-Christoph 14k flex and stub-italic gradient (SIG) nibs that they now sell. I was excited to try these out! Note that the nibs are $115 and $125 respectively, not $150 as I said in the video – my apologies.
Measurements (note that these nibs can be bought on other models than the 66 Stabilis Desk Pen)
Length (capped): 160.2 mm/6.30″
Length (uncapped): 152.9 mm/6.02″
Length (posted): 175.0 mm/6.90″
Diameter (barrel): 8.3 – 14.2 mm/0.33″ – 0.56″
Diameter (section): 10.0 – 12.2 mm/0.39″ – 0.48″
Weight (all): 24 g
Weight (cap): 4 g
Weight (body): 20 g
I picked up this pen at La Couronne du Comte (don’t forget that BROWN10 gives you 10% off there!) and I find it a fascinating pen. The real question, of course, is: is the nib comparable to vintage flex nibs, as Aurora claims? Watch the full review to find out.