Normally, I wouldn't go for a gold pen, but this one has a nice design. There's just a hint of black lacquer in the clip, but it looks a little rough. I think it may have broken off during its years in storage. The clip itself is sturdy enough and, to me, that's the main thing.
The ballpoint itself doesn't protrude too far out of the barrel, but this doesn't affect the writing or the angle at which the pen can be held.
The pen writes nicely. The Schneider Office 575 medium blue refill is a great value-for-money. About half the price of other refills. Here's a writing sample, courtesy of Springsteen's Born to Run
EDIT: Third line should read "contacts", instead of "contracts". I was working off memory rather than the lyric sheet from the album.
I've been told that this Aurora Model 98 is fairly collectible due to its rarity. In saying that, I've seen some similar pens on eBay that sold for very little.
It's a nice all-round ballpoint pen. Perfect for daily use. Slim and light enough to write with for long periods, and the refills are easy enough to get hold of. Which is all I ask for from a pen.
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Nice post. I like how you illustrate the pen atop fashion magazines. I can relate to what you said about ballpoints, how other people don't respect yours, and how it's difficult to hang onto a nice pen. Last year I lost my Fisher Space Pen, the silver collapsable version. Now, I'm fancying a Zebra model M-101.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Joe. The Fisher pens can't be faulted. Dependable and inexpensive. There's a great dealer on eBay called cyber_space_pens. I've always bought my Fishers from them.Delete
As for hanging onto a pen, I only buy shirts that have a breast pocket. Harder to lose a pen that way.
Hi, I just came in the possesion of the same Aurora pen as you have. I love the feels of it. However, it came with an empty refill and I've been having a hard time finding a refill for it unil I found your blog-post. (It's great by the way.)So, I bought the Schneider 575 and it didn't fit into my pen. It was too big for it. Have you done anything to you refill like shortening it or something else to fit this refill in your Aurora?ReplyDelete
Hi Anon, the Schneider 575 refill is just a standard one. I made no modifications to it.Delete
It measures just on 10 and a half cm. Have you checked the spring inside your pen, to see if it is positioned correctly?
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I still have the original refill and it measures 9 and a half cm. So, I had to cut the Schneider 575 refill down to that size to fit it. The problem now is: the ink is leaking. As for the spring: it is positioned correctly as far as I can see. It's sort of "stuck" inside the pen so I can't move it.Delete
Get a candle and jam some wax into the leaky refill. Or maybe a lip balm. That might block it up and stop it leaking. Maybe try a toothpick to dislodge the spring from the nib end of the pen? Or bend a paper-clip into a tiny hook and try pulling it out.Delete
Are you sure it's the same pen? Although, maybe Aurora made some internal modifications during its production run.
Another suggestion; sometimes, you find that a cheap plastic disposable ballpoint pen has a thin plastic refill in it that looks just like the correct refill for the Aurora. Then all you have to do is cut it down to fit.
Best of luck.
Thanks, I will try your suggestions out.Delete