Aurora 88

About This Model

The Aurora 88 model line is one of the more reliable and elegant fountain pens ever made. It heralded the reawakening of the Italian fountain pen industry after WWII, its design inspired by the Parker 51 in so many pockets of American soldiers in Italy for the reconstruction of Europe. However much its gold cap over a black barrel/hood instead of a traditional gripping section and partially hooded nib looked like those of the 51, under the surface lay an all-Italian piston mechanism and workmanship.  And, as Parker issued 51's in gold and Lustroloy caps, Aurora did as well it the 88, adding the cap called Nikargenta, a silver/nickel alloy. The Nikargenta caps have not held up as well as Parker's Lustroloy; every one I've seen has pitting. The original 88 sold from 1947 until it was succeeded by the 88K in 1953 and the 88P in 1958, some 3 million sold pens later. The 88 line was one of very few pens that carried a serial number, which recent research has pinned down to years of manufacture and made it possible to identify each pen's age. 88s were sold until the 1970s, and are generally regarded as the most sold Italian fountain pen. In modern years, after 2005, Aurora began reissuing the 88, in an all-resin-bodied pen, with, after 2015, a wide variety of nibs. They are excellent pens. 

About This Pen

Modern pens are not normally offered here, but this Aurora is an appropriate exception because it was released for sale from my personal collection. This wonderful pen is a 2014 Aurora 88, in black resin with gold trim, 13.7cm (5.5″) long capped and 1.5cm (.55″) across just below the cap edge, and a piston filler. It was purchased from a pen seller’s collection in 2019 and received respectful use, both before and by me. The resin was polished, shows some microwear, but otherwise the pen is unscratched, in wonderful condition, feels very comfortable in the hand. The view window is clear. The gold trim — clip, wide cap ring, piston ring, and two narrow rings surrounding the view window — are all clear and bright, without significant scratching. The piston is strong; the pen holds a large fill. All of this brings one to the nib, this pen’s towering characteristic and the real reason to buy an Aurora, new or vintage. The nib is 18k, a full, wet medium, with long tines. While this is not a flex writer, the tines blend firmness with a bit of “give” to create a beautiful writing experience, even for this overhanded lefthander. It’s a very special pen, priced to accommodate its prior use. Treat it to a pen case to protect its bright finish.

This pen is not for sale.