Single-handedly writing in style, with the Aurora Asterope

Aurora Asterope, penna stilografica  - fountain pen

When Aurora started making the Asterope model in 1934, it was an innovative, some even say revolutionary pen for the time. As highlighted by the advertisement page we showcase here, the cap-less fountain pen was incredibly easy to handle because the Turin-based company had designed it so that it could be opened and closed with one hand.

How? A button on a rail set on the outer casing allowed the user to move an inner element and slide the gold nib out from a spring-mounted door on one end of the pen.

The Aurora Asterope stayed in production until 1945. After a decade, it retired having written an important chapter in the world history of fountain pens.

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January 21, 2015