This Ancora Lusso 87 has the fine Italian pen’s classic 1940’s appearance: black body with wonderful striped or basketweave transparency, simple gold trim, piston fillers. At 13.5cm long capped, it’s a little shorter than the Tabo and Tibaldi in my collection, but with similar appearance. This special pen has been used very lightly over its 70+ years: the body is unmarked, the transparency complete and strikingly visible. The imprint is complete if thin, and the model designation is clearly seen in the base of the design. The cork did not need replacement, but it was revivified, and holds well. The nib is surely the original Ancora 585, and it writes as one would expect: soft, elegant, fine with a touch of flex. It also writes fast, with shading. This is an elegant pen in wonderful condition.