I had no intention of buying this pen... yeah. It was a crazy, crazy splurge. Did I mention crazy?
Trim: Sterling Silver
Length (capped): 130.1 mm/5.12''
Length (uncapped nib-end): 124.7 mm/4.91''
Length (posted): 154.4 mm/6.07''
Barrel Diameter: 10.9 - 13.8mm/0.42'' - 0.54''
Section Diameter: 10.5 - 12.4 mm/0.41'' - 0.48''
Nib material: 18kt Gold
Weight (all): 44 g
Weight (cap): 14 g
Weight (body): 30 g
Fill type: Piston-filler
Price: € 1.080,00
Where to buy: La Couronne du Comte (Code: Gourmet10 for 10% off!)
Aurora Black ink (check out my review!)! I love getting a bottle of ink with a pen. I'd take that over fancy packaging any day.
Speaking of that resin - the cap and barrel stand out, especially against the bright, shiny silver trim. The resin is marked and flecked, in various, beautiful blue shades, complemented by green veins. Some flecks shimmer, and in the right light, the entire pen glows. I can only imagine Aurora had the Adriatico Sea in mind, with the sun reflecting off the water, when this was designed.
I can't complain. I think this is a stunning pen.
The 18kt gold medium nib is rhodium-plated, to match the rest of the trim. The size of the nib suits the pen well. It has a single slit and a breather hole. It is engraved with 18K, 750, Aurora, and some flourishes. I think it's a pretty simple nib, but it looks great.
The clip is pretty snug, but can be used with one hand. The drop at the end makes it easier to slide the pen on to pages, into pockets, or into pouches. Good clip. I really like it. The metal section is very comfortable in terms of its shape, so long as you don't hate metal sections. I like the rounded shape a lot - it feels like it fills my grip, and I absolutely love how the silver warms as I use it. I love that about silver sections. The threads are quite smooth and didn't bother me at all.
I found the piston mechanism to be very smooth, with a very decent capacity.