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For the first time in its nearly 100-year history, Italian pen manufacturer Aurora has produced a flexible fountain pen from its Torino-based factory. Crafted from 14kt gold, this flex nib has been making the rounds in the USA, being accompanied by US distributor Kenro Industries and members of the Aurora family. Two #FlexIt events were held in NYC and in LA to allow participants to test write with the flex nib.
So, what's the big deal with this fountain pen nib? Well, as you can see from Fountain Pen Day's video below, the nib exhibits excellent line variation when "flexed" with gentle finger pressure, while springing back to a thin line once the pressure is eased. The effect is desirable for those who practice Spencerian handwriting and other cursive scripts that are enhanced by controlled line variation. Don't be hesitant if you have terrible penmanship. You don't need great handwriting to enjoy the flex!
The Aurora 14kt flex nib will be available first on the 88 "Ottantotto" model, with a limited quantity of 188 pens in each color. A deep, blue resin with gold trim will be the initial color arriving in March and will be priced at $650 for the piston-filling fountain pen.
Since there is such a small quantity available, we will not be taking pre-orders and all orders will be first-come, first serve. The best place to be notified is by signing up for our e-mail updates and newsletter here.
Bring that Flexy back!