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Aurora's Kappa Fountain Pen

5/19/17

I've been reviewing a lot of Aurora and Montegrappa pens lately, and this one comes to us from Federalist Pens, who loaned it to me for review (and a giveaway!). Scroll to the bottom for the giveaway!

The Kappa is a collection of pens is a brand new line of pens from the venerable Italian brand. Priced under the Ipsilon model, this is their new entry level pen in rollerball, ballpoint, and fountain pen. Obviously, I'm reviewing the fountain pen version. Because...duh.

So, here's the packaging:



It does the job. 

The Pen


This one isn't like anything else that Aurora has in the lineup. It's light, translucent, and a little futuristic. It's all swoopy and angular like something from Speed Racer. The look is going to be polarizing. I'd guess that you already either like it or hate it.


One virtue of this look is that it sort of resembles the pens that you can find in the office supply cabinet. It'll blend in at the table when you're in a meeting and it won't draw a whole lot of stares from your coworkers or classmates. It's sort of flashy-stealth.


If you're not into the translucent blue barrel, there is a black version that doesn't appear to be translucent.

The section is curved, glossy, and a little prone to fingerprints. Obviously. It's a comfortable section. In fact, the section and the nib are identical to the Ipsilon.


Here are a couple of shots of the nib, section, threads and the cartridge. That black band is actually Gorilla Tape. It's only there because the cartridge had a crack in it and it was leaking ink into the barrel. It's not standard. Also not standard with this pen: a converter. That's a disappointment  with this pen. At $70 MSRP, it ought to have come with a converter. Of course, the Aurora converters are pretty expensive, so the lack partially explains how they lowered the price.



The cap is actually really good. It's a metal shell with a plastic liner and a plastic inner cap. I've never had a problem getting this pen to start writing, and it hasn't dried out at all. Pretty impressive. That plastic liner also keeps the metal cap from scratching the plastic barrel when you post the pen.


Specs and Writing Samples!










Video Review!
It's always best to see a pen in action!


The Give-Away!

I'll have Rafflecopter pick a random winner on Saturday the 27th. Make sure you pay attention to the Rafflecopter for precise ending times and such.

  • I'll ship you the pen (and boxes) anywhere in the USA. (Sorry, no international shipping.)
  • The pen doesn't come with a converter and I can only include the (used) cartridge that it came with. Make sure you order some Aurora cartridges or a converter if you're the lucky winner! (I've found that a Lamy converter seems to work, but use it at your own risk. I don't know if there are real risks, but one never knows.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Thanks, again, to Federalist Pens for providing the pen for review and sponsoring the giveaway! 
Post Comment
David Knapp said...

For a future review, how about a vintage Parker 51?

Mike said...

Great review, Mike. Thanks! I found the nib on my Ipsilon to be super broad for a medium and pretty toothy. Yours seemed smoother and finer.

Mikes10663 said...

I would enjoy seeing your review or comparison of Diplomat pen models.

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Unknown said...

Pretty cool pen. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

FrauStaenki said...

Is it possible to get an international shipment vy providing shipping Costs?!

Michael Elson said...

Thanks for the opportunity. Would love to try this pen out.

Brian said...

I'd like to see some custom pen makers' pen reviewed.

Sandra (aka cupcakegirl) said...

I would lije to see a review of the new Kanilea Pen Co. Kilauea pen. The lava flow pattern looks amazing.

Federalist Pens And Paper said...

Great Mike!

Glad to be part of the giveaway!

Frank
Federalist Pens

Pastor Ron said...

It would nice if you would review the new line of pens by MarteModena called Chronicle. Thanks.

juliavdw said...

You know the montegrappa (I think) that has the turquoise and black mottled body? That one. ;)

Jeff Skopin said...

Nice tip on using a Lamy converter for Aurora pens!

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Mike Ester said...

I like the color scheme of that pen.

Dexter Lim said...

Franklin-Christoph pens

Eric Aycock said...

I saw these for the first time while I was visiting Fountain Pen Hospital in New York. I really like the look of them but wanted to see some reviews first. Thank you for the great review, I may have to add one of these to my collection.

Unknown said...

Just curious, what is the lighter blue ink used on the handwritten specs page?

radil said...

I would really like to see more robert oster and akkerman inks if you could find some.

Federalist Pens And Paper said...

juliavdw- The pen model you are speaking of is the Montegrappa Fortuna Mosaica in the Turquoise finish! They are great looking, and are the same list as standard Fortuna Pens!
They are also available @federalistpens!

Jeni S. said...

I'd like to see a review/comparison of entry level pens like the Pilot Prera. Thanks!

Ramiro LS said...

It is certainly a very un-Auror looking fountain pen