Bias alert: I love and collect Auroras, but I try to be as objective as possible with them.
The Ipsilon is one of Aurora’s entry-level offerings and seemingly their most popular, given the options available with this model and the fancier Deluxe version.
Like all Auroras, it is entirely made in in Italy. The Ipsilon is much simpler than its more expensive siblings; it’s light but well balanced, has a snap cap, and has a steel nib.
But the Ipsilon writes like an Aurora. The nib is smooth with some feedback and lays down a fairly fine, moderately wet line. The fit and finish, like all Auroras in my experience, is great with no rough spots, seams, or any other obvious flaws.
The cap snaps on and off and posts with a satisfying *click*. Once capped, it’s very secure–my Ipsilon went through the laundry without coming uncapped.
Does the Ipsilon evoke the same metaphysical feel-goodery in my soul as an 88 or Optima? No, not even close. But for $120 retail, this pen is fantastic step into the brand and a way to get a feel for Aurora nibs without dropping serious cash. There are cheaper options in the Aurora line-up like the Kappa and Style, but the Ipsilon has the largest selection of nibs and finishes, from a simple resin pen with a steel nib like mine clear up to sterling silver bodies and 14k gold nibs.
On my particular pen, the fine nib is more comparable to Aurora’s 14k extra fine, and it seems that Aurora’s steel nibs are a bit finer in general. Those who love finer nibs will do just fine with the Aurora Ipsilon.
Even though this pen has a steel nib, it writes as well as my other Auroras. Its performance is why I feel the Ipsilon is a worthy contender in the crowded $100-$200 category. That Aurora feel is why this cartridge/converter, steel nib pen competes with the likes of the Platinum 3776 and the Lamy 2000. That’s not to say that the Ipsilon is better than those other pens, just different, and ultimately it comes down to the user’s tastes.
My Ipsilon is an older model with a discontinued color and different style of cap band but is otherwise functionally the same as a production Ipsilon. I actually purchased it used in set with a matching ballpoint because I’m a sucker for matching fountain pen/ballpoint combos. The knock style ballpoint accepts common Parker pattern refills and works as expected with a tiny bit more tip wiggle than I’d like.
- Lightweight and well balanced.
- Solid performance.
- A good introduction to the Aurora brand.
- Caps and posts very securely.
- For what it is, it’s hard to find fault with the Ipsilon.
- It’s a standard size pen, so it may be too small for some users.
- While it’s basically competitively priced, I’d like to see the base model price come down a bit.
- Snap cap.
- Snaps to post.
- Steel Fine.
- Also available in:
- Steel: extra fine, fine, medium, broad, italic.
- 14k gold: extra fine, fine, medium, broad, double broad, italic.
- Gold, BB, and Italic nibs come at a premium.
- Polished resin.
- Numerous other finishes are available, including matte resin, lacquered metal, and sterling silver.
- The fancier the body, the more it costs.
- Filling system:
- Aurora proprietary cartridge/converter.
- Converter included with pen.
- Converter capacity: 0.8mL.
- Cartridge capacity is around 1.2mL.
- Parker cartridges/converters and Aurora’s own Trik Trak converter also fit.
- Capped: 138mm
- Uncapped: 120mm
- Posted: 150mm
- Total: 22g
- Pen: 15g
- Cap: 7g
- Section diameter: