Ink & Pen Notes: Aurora Optima Nero Perla (M) with Aurora Black

Aurora Optima Nero Perla (M) with Aurora Black ink bottle

The Aurora Optima Nero Perla, with its medium nib, was inked with Aurora Black for just over 3 months. While that’s a long time, even for me, the pen had a lot of competition for my attention.

There’s not much for me to say about this combination. They go together – the black and white pen and the deep, dark black ink. They happen to be from the same brand.

I like the deep black of the ink, although it’s a little wet for my tastes and that did make me pass over the pen a couple of times. I am becoming more comfortable with medium nibs, especially for sit down, long writing sessions. This pen is also one I like a lot.

For now the Aurora Optima and Aurora Black ink will have a bit of a break.

Aurora Optima Nero Perla (M) with Aurora Black ink writing sample

Fountain Pen Book Sale

I’m cleaning out my bookshelves and have decided to sell the following fountain pen books. They will be available to my readers until Saturday (noon Eastern Time) when they will go up on eBay for higher prices (sometimes significantly higher). Shipping is to the United States only and is free through USPS Media Mail. I will provide other shipping if you request it but keep in mind that these are heavy books.

These books are now listed on eBay. Click the picture to go to the eBay listing. I will offer a 10% discount to FPQuest readers. To get the discount click the “Ask a Question” link toward the bottom of the listing. In your question mention coupon code “FPQuest” or mention you saw the book on this site. I’ll reply with an offer that’s 10% less than the listed price. All offers are subject to prior sale until you actually buy the book. The discount does not apply to shipping should you pick a non-free shipping method. International shipping is available through the eBay Global Shipping Program, please carefully review the shipping & customs charges before buying the book.

I hate to limit shipping to the US but it will be expensive internationally since the books are heavy. I’ve also had recent issues with the USPS with international shipping which, while no items were lost, the delays and hassles were a problem. When they go on eBay they will be available internationally through eBay Global shipping. (Although I suspect international shipping and import taxes could exceed the cost of the book in some cases. but at least eBay will calculate all that before you buy.) I’ll update this post should they go on eBay.

To purchase you can use the contact form or email me at ray [@] Payment will be via PayPal after I send an invoice. These prices are firm although if you buy three books at once, shipped to the same U.S. address, by noon EDT this coming Saturday I’ll take 10% off the total.

Parker Vacumatic by Geoffrey Parker, David Shepherd and Dan Zazove – $99.00

ISBN: 0954687531

Covers the Parker Vacumatic from 1932-1948 and includes 100’s of illustrations and photos. Book is in excellent condition. No torn or written on pages. Binding in good conditions. Hardcover. The dust cover is a little shelf worn but not torn.

Parker Vacumatic book front

Fountain Pens Past & Present, Second Edition, by Paul Erano – $29

ISBN: 9781574323856

Book is in excellent condition. Hard Cover. No torn or written on pages. Binding in good conditions.  There’s a penciled inventory/price notation in the top corner of the black page facing the from cover.

Fountain Pens Past and Present front cover

Fountain Pens: United States of America and United Kingdom by Andreas Lambrou – $39.00

ISBN: 0856675326

250 Pages, 540 Color Illustrations, 60 hand produced line drawings. Hardcover.

Covers the most important fountain pens from the U.S. and U.K.

Fountain Pens book front

Fountain Pens and Pencils: The Golden Age of Writing Instruments, 3rd Edition by George Fischler & Stuart Schneider – $59

ISBN: 9780764328398


Fountain Pens and Pencils front cover

Parker “51” by David and Mark Shepherd, 2004 – $99.00

ISBN: 0954687515

Covers the history of the iconic Parker 51 fountain pen in 167 pages with hundreds of illustrations and photos. Hardcover with dust jacket.

Front cover of Parker "51" book.

Parker Duofold by David Shepherd and Dan Zazove, 2006 – $79.00 – Sold

ISBN: 0954687523

All about the Parker Duofold in 362 pages with hundreds of photos and illustrations. Paperback. The front and back covers are scuffed. The book has obviously been read but the pages are still tightly bound. No torn or stained pages. No writing on the pages.

Parker Duofold book cover fron

Currently Inked – September 2017

This Currently Inked is extremely late but at least the month is less than half over. I actually started writing it as August ended and I’ve updated it to be current. My update was more deleting than actual updating so I could get it posted and in the past.

I had a bit of a pen party to coincide with the Washington D.C. Pen Show since I wasn’t able to attend the show in early August. I inked up 16 fountain pens for the party. Ten of them were inked from the Diamine Music Ink collection. I’d used a couple of the inks but most were unused and it was time to give them a try.

The Diamine Music Bach was the only ink I hated. It crept everywhere and I’m still trying to get it out of the converter where a purplish sheen continues to cling to the sides. It was the only party pen to be flushed early.

Because of the pen party I started September with all the fountain pens that were inked up when August began. After September began I did write a couple fountain pens dry. The Pilot Vanishing Point went dry although I immediately popped in another Pilot Black cartridge. The Aurora Optima went dry a couple days ago and I’ll be flushing it out. If the party pens don’t go dry this month I’ll probably have a pen flush part at the end of the month.

I started the month with the following pens and inks.

Currently Inked
Currently Inked Uncapped
Currently Inked Writing Samples

The following pens and inks were invited to the pen party.

Pen Party
Pen Party Writing Samples
Franklin-Christoph Writing Sample

Commonwealth (Boston) Pen Show – 2017

Commonwealth Pen Show ad

The Commonwealth Pen Show kicks off in a few hours, running Sunday September 10, 2017 from 9am to 5pm. It’s at the same location just north of Boston, at the Holiday Inn Boston Bunker Hill Area. Same hotel but in a new, bigger room. Full details are on their website. The vendor count tops 50 this year. As usual, Nathan from Noodler’s ink will have a special pen show ink.

I won’t be able to attend this year either, but it’s good to see that the show continues to grow. They also added (unless I missed them in last year’s details) a couple workshops on Saturday. So the show is getting closer to a two day show which I’d be more likely to attend in the future.