I didn't quite know what to expect when I ordered this pen. I have a sterling
silver Ipsilon that I ruined trying to smooth the nib a couple of years ago. In
retrospect, there was nothing wrong with that nib. I'd been hankering for a new
Aurora ever since.
I'm not one to spend $100 lightly, but when I saw these were going out of stock,
I was seized by a sense of urgency. I wondered if I had made the right decision,
until the pen arrived.
The fit and finish of this pen beg to be admired. If you appreciate understated
elegance, then this is a pen I recommend without reservation. I'm not one for
glitz and glamour; this pen, while clearly not your average biro, doesn't hit
you over the head visually like some luxury pens.
One word of caution: this pen writes a true fine line and is remarkable for its
precision, but don't expect a buttery smooth ride. If you like a little
feedback, a sharp, clean line and are looking to move beyond the $20-$30 range,
then I say with confidence that you should give the Ipsilon a try. Truly a great
I purchased one of these as a gift for my girlfriend and it has been a great
introductory pen for her. The solid construction allows her to throw it in her
bag without having to worry. The pen is a bright, happy color, though perhaps
not quite as bright as the image on the website.
I also gave her a bottle of J Herbin Bleu Pervenche to match and she is very
happy using it for grocery lists, grading, etc. Heartily recommeneded!
Almost my ideal pen. The weight, balance, and finish of this pen are all highly
desirable. The cap snaps on with a satisfying click and posts well. It is
overall a handsome, elegant pen which presents as more of a burgundy in person
than in the picture here.
However, the nib is toothy on all but the smoothest papers (and I've tried many
ink known for lubricity), making it grating to use on the cheap copy paper at
work. I do not think the nib flawed, in fact in terms of out-of-the-box
performance I rate it highly, the tines were perfectly aligned with a healthy
amount of space between them. It lays down a consistent line and requires only
the lightest touch. I think the tooth is a consequence of the thin line width,
only my Pilot Penmanship EF lays down a thinner line.
Overall, a fantastic pen, but be warned that if you like buttery nibs then this
may not be the best choice for you. Consider the Medium Nib version instead.
One of the safest inks around. This would be my go-to ink for daily use,
however, it is well known for turning teal as it dries on the page. Otherwise a
superb ink: smooth, free-flowing, good drying time, and non-staining.
This pen writes well. That being said, there were a few design elements that I
found questionable. The finish is almost too smooth to comfortably handle. The
nib section spins freely and slips out rather easily which doesn't seem to
affect the pen's performance, but unsettles me nonetheless. Finally, there is a
significant depression around the nib section; when I filled the pen using the
converter there was ink sitting in this depression that I found impossible to
remove. When I took off the cap at work today, ink splattered my arm. This pen
seems suited for cartridges but not for use with the converter, and I prefer
using bottled ink. In conclusion, the Plaisir has a good nib, but I would not
buy it again.