Aurora Ipsilon Overview

Video Outline:

  • History – (:13)
  • Unboxing – (:35)
  • Color Options – (1:42)
  • Features – (1:56)
  • Nib Options – (3:01)
  • Filling Mechanism – (4:11)
  • Inking It Up – (5:14)
  • How It Writes – (6:06)
  • Additional Features – (11:41)
  • Comparable Pens – (13:12)
  • Price – (14:47)

We’re excited to now be carrying Aurora fountain pens at! The Aurora Ipsilon really is unlike many other pens we carry, mostly due to its nib. They were created intentionally to be a bit toothy (especially the italic), allowing you to feel some feedback as you’re writing across the paper. It’s lightweight and professional, making it an ideal everyday carry pen. I hope you enjoy this overview on the Aurora Ipsilon.

Brand Overview/History (:13)

  • Italian Pen Company est. 1919
  • All Ipsilons are made 100% in Italy
  • Ipsilon is Aurora’s most popular entry-level pen
Packaging: (:35)
  • Unboxing
  • Converter (installed)
  • Cartridge
  • Warranty card

Aurora Ipsilon in Black

Aurora Ipsilon in Bordeaux

Aurora Ipsilon in Green
In Hand: (1:56)
  • Grip is smooth, not slick
  • Very little step up to the body
  • Good stop on the grip at the end
  • Slightly back weighted
  • Feels about equally back weighted when posted
  • Pen is a bit on the thinner side, very usable
  • 14g body
  • 8g cap
  • 22g overall 
Nibs: (3:01)
  • Stainless steel, gold plated
  • Aurora makes all their own nibs, not swappable with others (that I’m aware)
  • Extra-fine
  • Fine
  • Medium
  • Broad
  • 1.2mm Italic (and it really is italic, very very toothy)
Filling Mechanism: (4:11)
  • Proprietary Aurora Cartridge/Converter (included)
  • Aurora cartridges (only in black or blue)
  • Not eyedropper convertible b/c of metal tube inside body
How They Write: (6:06)
  • Using Noodler’s Black
  • Nibs are very toothy, that’s how they do them
  • Can feel borderline scratchy, I checked the tines on a couple of mine just to be sure (some very minor adjustment helped, but still toothy)
  • EF and F are pretty darn fine, not very wet, atypical for most European nibs
  • Big jump up to medium from the fine
  • M and B are not all that different from each other
  • 1.2mm italic is VERY crisp, than any nib I’ve used from a pen maker, as it quite wet

Special Features: (11:41)

  • Slight design change to centerband 
  • Snap cap, snap to post, very positive posting
  • Pretty stiff clip
  • Very glossy finish, does tend to show fingerprints
Comparable Pens: (13:12)
Aurora Ipsilon (Red and Yellow colors no longer available)

The Aurora Ipsilon is listed at $120, but we have it available for $99 at These nibs may take some getting used to, but I think you will come to really enjoy this writing experience! Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below. 

Write on, 
Brian Goulet
2017-10-11T04:22:35+00:00 September 22nd, 2015|Pen Reviews|6 Comments
  • anaximander70

    Nice overview! This pen is a long-time favorite of mine. I have two already, but now that I know about the 1.2mm italic nib, I might need a third.

    • Madigan

      Hey there anaximander70! Nice to meet a fan of the Aurora. The 1.2mm would make a great addition to your your collection! 🙂

  • Mitch Halpern

    Really interested in the italic, but I am going to try and exhibit self-restraint and keep the pen budget targeted to the Visconti Moonlight Millennium followed by the Homo Sapiens.

    • Madigan

      Hi Mitch! The Aurora will be around for awhile, so if you still want it after those fantastic Visconti pen… 😛

  • Rafael Pappalardo

    I find the cap band quite similar to the one on the Delta Vintage.

  • Soo Lee

    Brian, you talk about the clip, but you neglected to mention my favorite detail! Namely, it’s shaped like an uppercase Y. For a language geek like me, this is fun–because originally, Latin (from which Italian is descended) didn’t have that letter in its alphabet. The Y was eventually adopted it due to Ancient Greek influence–and was derived from the Greek letter upsilon. Or, as it’s known in Italian, ipsilon.

    Huh. Who knew that random bit of knowledge would actually be useful one day?