Can you imagine owning a pen that is so distinct that you are instantly noticed in a crowded room? Whether it’s a coffee shop or a boardroom meeting, a traditional looking pen tends to go unnoticed. You may ask, what is considered a pen that’s not “traditional” looking? The answer is: a modern, tech-y, metallic pen that doesn’t follow a typical cylindrical or faceted shape overall. When Diplomat first introduced the Aero collection, this wasn’t the first thought to enter my mind. Sure, the design was cool, new, different, and unique. Yet the colors and finishes made this pen remind me more of a Roman Colosseum with muted matte grey and brown options. Not too lively and inspiring to say the least. Fast forward a few years, and Diplomat introduces a whole rainbow of color assortments to choose from. Consider me impressed and now a fan. The color that really spring-boarded the Aero to stardom is the orange finish. Several amazing colors later, they recently launched the Diplomat Aero Turquoise Collection.
There are so many factors about the Aero that make this pen distinguishing from the rest. First, it’s a longer pen (maybe a centimeter shorter than the Montblanc 149). What I like about this length is that it sits high enough in your hand, so the body of the pen is still visible. And the anodized surface allows for color options that definitely stand out. They’re unique, which means you don’t normally see them unless you’re with fellow pen collectors. The symmetrical, aerodynamic shape of the ovular body is reminiscent of its namesake – the Aero. Speaking of its namesake, the Aero has smooth lines and a streamlined body, designed to look like the Zeppelin.
Available in fountain pen, rollerball, ballpoint, and mechanical pencil, the Aero has something for everyone. Another great attribute is the insanely long clip featured on all four modes of writing. I love a nice, tight clip, and this keeps your pen secure no matter where you house it. I also like how the clip placement is affixed to the top of the cap. It’s like your pen is hidden in the shirt pocket, with a fun surprise burst of color upon removal. That’s particularly spectacular with the Diplomat Aero Turquoise Collection because the appointments are a stealthy matte black. That’s what’s immediately visible in the shirt pocket. When finally exposed, the turquoise really stands out.
Whichever mode of writing you choose, the Aero is well-balanced. This makes for easy, safe twirling in your hand in between note-taking or general jotting. It’s also completely made of aluminum. Even the inner threads of each mode are metal. I like knowing there isn’t any stripping of threads in this pen’s future.
The fountain pen has a smooth friction –fit cap. It also employs an international size cartridge/converter filling system. The nib has many options. Choose either steel or 14k gold. Then choose between extra fine, fine, medium, or broad.
The rollerball maintains the same cap closure and materials boasted on the aforementioned fountain pen. It uses a standard Schmidt 888 or 5888 rollerball refill. Believe it or not, this still has options. Choose from a multitude of point sizes and ink colors to refill this pen with.
The ballpoint uses a high quality twist-action retraction mechanism that is so fun to play with. That’s another advantage to having a longer pen – one-handed activation. Not to mention, it uses the standard Monteverde Parker Style ballpoint or gel refills that we love so much. It comes with an EasyFlow refill, which I feel is like a hybrid of the best parts of ballpoint and gel refills combined.
The mechanical pencil is also a high-quality instrument. I like that it uses a .7mm lead mechanism. This way the lead is thick enough to not break off very often, yet thin enough to do precision-writing.
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