Aurora and Leonardo
No, Leonardo da Vinci never wrote with an Aurora fountain pen since he lived 400 years before its invention, but his tremendous contributions to Italian culture inspired an 18 karat gold Limited Edition in his honor. An exquisite collection, ranked among world’s best ink pens, reflects the beauty and precision attributed to the Renaissance genius.
The most illustrious version of the product features a solid gold body and cap with a ruby-lined clip. Etched into the gold is a portion of the Maestro’s codex on the flight of birds. This line of Aurora pens is one of many exclusive designs produced by the world-famous company that originated in Torino, Italy. And Nobile, the pen discussed here, is just like this piece of art work. Nobile was the inspiration for another fountain pen model but actually also owned an Aurora. But more about this later.
Aurora Pen Company, creator of best ink pens
The year was 1919, and post-war unemployment had beset the boot-shaped nation. The timing was right for the first authentic Italian fountain pen developer, so Isaia Levi provided the financial means to open the Fabbrica Italiana de Penne a Serbatoio-Aurora on Basilica Street.The company produced a fine writing instrument, one of the best ink pens on the market, comparable to the British and American brands. Aurora designs quickly became recognized for their quality, refinement, and cultural flair.
After the manufacturers began to make the fountain pens in various colors, the business established a reputation for its use of celluloid. Each series that has followed the original Aurora fountain pen has exhibited a genuinely classic form. The styles range from everyday writing varieties to extravagant collectors designs. With the creation of the Diamante, the company became the World’s only producer of a diamond pen with more than thirty carats. But really every edition, however, bears the distinct Aurora characteristics–tradition, value, and elegance–that place the Italian instruments among the best pens in the world. Many notable people during the past century have enjoyed writing with these luxurious, but practical, models.
Only best pens for explorers
Umberto Nobile carried his Aurora pen into renown in 1928 when his airship crashed onto ice in the Arctic. The Italian aeronautical science professor, engineer, and military general had already flown successfully over the North Pole in a Zeppelin of his own design in 1926 along with Norway’s Roald Amundsen and America’s Lincoln Ellsworth. After a public dispute over who had actually led the historic expedition, Nobile went back to the Arctic Circle two years later on another of his carefully designed airships, the Italia.
The remaining survivors were not picked up until the Krassin arrived, which was 48 days later.
Numerous people had died as a result of the tragedy, including Roald Amundsen whose rescue plane was never seen again. Although Nobile was blamed by his country’s leader, Mussolini, he was eventually credited by both Russia and the United States for his expeditions.
Meanwhile, he drew the world’s attention and his name was given to one of the best ink pens, the Aurora Nobile fountain pen.
The Aurora Nobile is however a modern fountain pen. True italian design, a modern filling system and historic, classic materials. It is vintage inspired. I has a high price tag, but inspiring on several levels.
You can find more information, reviews and the price of this specimen of one of the best ink pens, here.