I know Julie suggested my Sailor Koi, but I've always been contrary. I decided to begin with the pen that restarted me on my fountain pen kick (a friend of mine called it a fetish - could be painfully true, but I'm not agreeing).
It's a beauty of a pen, causing me to fall in love with Aurora pens, and to remember my love of fountain pens. An 18K gold nib, medium tip, delivers ink very smoothly. Like all Aurora Optimas, the filling system only takes bottled ink, a twist mechanism at the base of the pen fills the reservoir. One neat feature, when it seems the ink has run out, twisting the base of the pen forces a reserve of about one page's worth of ink to the nib.
I have a second Aurora Optima, again a gift. We had made the mistake of looking at the pen counter in the Halls Department Store in the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, MO one Christmas. I always look there, but far less frequently buy.
But not the one who was with me. The pen was snapped up and presented to me as a gift. And this was after the several-years-standing agreement that we had "enough". Christmas gifts were no longer required nor expected.
Unexpected. And quite beautiful. The 14K gold nib delivers a very smooth line, with absolutely no pressure required. Given the pen body is green, with the most marvelous highlights throughout, it seemed only correct to ink it in green.
Still, a collection called "Slightly Wild", how could one resist?
The black and grey (yes, I know, it's the British spelling - but it's a Europa pen. I'll be back to the American spelling tomorrow) is beautifully understated. The cap is slightly translucent, you can see the nib rotate as you screw the cap home.
I sent it to John Mottishaw of http://www.nibs.com for some work. The result was beautifully smooth and effortless delivery of ink to the page. A joy to write with.
This pen, like the red Optima, arrived with its own ink bottle. Grey, as is only fitting. I have continued to use that, and will till I exhaust the supply.
Here are the three pens - the Limited Edition Europa is slightly larger than the other two.
And, finally, an example of how each of them writes. Please do not judge the quality of the pens by the quality of the penmanship. That would do them a disservice.