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December 1, 2011
I didn't quite know what...
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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 pen!

 
November 29, 2011
I purchased one of these...
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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!

 
July 27, 2011
Almost my ideal pen....
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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.

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July 5, 2011
One of the safest inks...
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.

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July 5, 2011
A blue black that leans...
A blue black that leans toward black. It has the character of dark denim to my eye. It has great legibility and serves as my alternative to black ink, which I don't care for.

A great ink overall, but shows some hesitancy in dry writers.

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July 5, 2011
Seems to work well in...
Seems to work well in every pen. Quickly becoming one of my favorite inks. Perfect for business use, but may be too subdued for some people's tastes.

 
May 25, 2011
This pen writes well....
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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.

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