All aboard the Zeppelin! (Trust me, this will make sense soon)
Once I had the Diplomat Aero in my hand, the first thing that really impressed me was the look of this pen. I really do think this is one of the most impressive looking fountain pens in my collection.
The barrel and cap are sculpted anodised aluminium inspired to resemble a Zeppelin Air ship (not the band!). A bonus of this type of design is that whilst making the Aero look unique, the recessions in the barrel and cap actually reduce the overall weight of the pen. Meaning you end up with a pen that is not super heavy given the all metal build. In fact, I have found this to be a fairly well balanced pen with its weight.
With regards to the cap, this has really been the only part of the Areo journey that I haven’t enjoyed that much as I find it requires a silly amount of strength to actually remove the cap. This is also true when capping the pen. I’m unsure if this is meant to be the case or is it a one off with the pen I received. Posting is far more enjoyable however.
The length of the barrel means that you can use this pen uncapped and it feels very comfortable in the hand which is great for long writing sessions. This is the same even if the cap is posted, it really doesn’t add too much length or make the pen feel top heavy.
Where the Areo really excels is with its nib. I went for a medium nib and this is a great nib. Add the additional fact that the feed is also really good, this gives you a wonderful writing experience. You can write slowly or fast and the nib doesn’t skip a beat. It is stiff but has enough bounce to enable you to get some line variation (which is an added bonus).
During writing, I did notice that if the nib moves in the right to left direction, it did become a tad bit scratchy but this was the only time I came across this.
You can do reverse writing which produced a thin line but it was super scratchy and did not make for enjoyable writing at all.
Overall I think this is a good pen but my stumbling block is the price, its £120 and for me, I am unsure if the overall experience justifies that cost. You are getting fairly close to the cost of a Lamy 2000 (which is one of my favourite pens) or other worthy pen resulting in choosing the better of the two. Otherwise, a great pen!