Aurora Talentum Black/Chrome, 14K Italic, inked with Bookbinders Snake Ink Emerald Boa

I am a fan of the Italian pen manufacturer Aurora. Sometimes I wish I had discovered it before Pelikan. I think I would have been very happy to collect all that they sell, however it was not to be, so I must be content with the four Aurora Talentums that I have. This Black/Chrome version of the Talentum is very handsome, I particular like the shape of the clip and the way it is attached.

Another great reason to love Aurora is that they make and sell factory stubs and italics, and not super broad italics either, they are both under 1mm. This italic nib is smoother than my Richard Binder grinds but still produces good line variation.

Another of the five Bookbinders Snake Inks that recently came into my collection. The Emerald Tree Boa snake is a native of South America, but is a dead ringer for the Green Tree Python which I have seen several times in my neighbourhood. The name of this ink is very apt to the colour of these snakes.

A lime green that shades very well from this italic nib. The colour is a probably a bit light for the office but it is certainly very interesting. For some reason looking at this ink makes me want to have a Japanese Slipper cocktail (1/3 Midori, 1/3 Cointreau, 1/3 lemon juice shaken with ice).