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Opus 88 Demonstrator Fountain Pen

Opus 88 Demonstrator Fountain Pen

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Hello all, I just got my pen today and I was very excited to use it. I filled it up with some Diamine Sargasso Sea and it wrote beautifully right out of the box. After an hour or so, I noticed that some ink was leaking through the threads towards the blind cap. Has this happened to anyone else? Did I just get a dud or am I missing something here? Thanks for any help!
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Owntrolf
There's been some discussion about this issue on the subreddit. One thing we can also try is to open up the end cap a little when we're filling the ink reservoir and then attach the nib. Additionally, we can grease up the shaft as well.
Hi all, just received the pen and all in all it's in good condition! Writes very very well, and filling it was a piece of cake as expected of a dropper-fill pen. I'm just curious of other's experience with the shut-off valve: I've filled it with ink, and closed the valve completely, however I'm still able to keep writing, I think I wrote a whole page with the valve off. I'm starting to suspect that I'll always be able to pull ink out of it? With it completely shut the flow is still decently wet (definitely more wet with the valve open) and I haven't seen any leakage issues yet. Would love to hear what others are experiencing and if what I'm describing is concerning to anyone.
jackson.cw.wong
Well there is a mini reservoir about the size of like a drop or 2 after the shutoff valve. I'm just guessing its just so if you store it fully upside down it wont spill all the ink out or something
I believe Goldspot Pen will have the 1.5 Opus nibs in eventually. Perhaps shortly after the first of the year. (2019).
I am looking for just the 1.5 stub nib unit. Does anyone know where I may purchase one? I have 3 of these pens already and love them. A great pen. Thanks Tom
I am waiting for mine. Coming with a broad nib. Thinking that I can use the ink shut off valve to shake shimmering ink? Has anyone tried that?
What is the ink in the picture?
dhoepp
Looks to be Kyoto TAG Kyo-No-Oto Imayouiro ink. Found it on Nib Smith: https://nibsmith.com/product/kyoto-tag-kyo-no-oto-imayouiro-fountain-pen-ink-40ml-bottle/
I'm glad MD made this happen. This is a great pen, and I am pleased I'm not the only one who thinks so. I already own one and even though I was looking to add a Fantasia to my collection I am joining this drop simply because it is so versatile.
Does anyone have an experience with the 1.5 stub? How well does it work? Hard starts, smoothness, skipping etc..
dedalian
Jowo nibs are consistant and excellent writers. Stub implies an italic effect with forgiving angles. Rest assured that you will have a fun and expressive writer with the 1.5mm stub. Keep in mind they may be too broad for some people's daily tasks. I personally find 0.8mm stubs/italics to be the best daily point size, and that is about the size of a broad tipped fountain pen.
SunshineCrazy
Thanks!
I'll add my voice to the chorus - this is a wonderful pen. I've got one with the stock Jowo nib, in F, and it's one of my favourite pens. I prefer it to any of my TWSBIs (I have 2 Gos, an Eco, a Diamond AL 580 and a Vac 700). The only pens I have that I like better cost at least an order of magnitude more.
Obligatory link to Dr. Brown's video review. https://youtu.be/Q2q8_VCa7aE Awesome pen-hack for increased use cases: https://youtu.be/LpMTVSCTvnU
TomaCzar
Cool hack, though the Pilot Parallel nibs don't look particularly good.
I too have one of these (and two Picnics and a Fantasia) and they are great pens. The Demonstrator is a BIG pen so if you lean to skinnier, lighter pens this may not be a good fit. Mine are all F nibs and they are smooth writers.
I purchased this Demonstrator as well as an Opus 88 Picnic. I love both pens. Great writers. Both in F nibs. I have Monteverde California Teal in the Demonstrator and it works fantastic. Sometimes it is annoying that after writing for a while, I have to release the end for the ink to flow but that's the design of these pens and doesn't detract from the experience. I'm even considering getting another of these in a Broad or 1.5 Stub. Great capacity. I have yet to have a hard start with them even when I've gone almost two weeks without writing with it. (It is in my pen case but not my daily. That's my Lamy 2000.) I wish I could say the same of my Stipula which cost more. In any case, this is a great deal for a great pen. You won't be disappointed.
I will echo the same opinion as @Bullfly . I don't own 3 Opus 88 pens (yet anyways), but I own a number of TWSBIs, Lamy's, Pilots, and a few others I can compare to. All types of sizes, prices, nibs, etc, and my Opus 88 demo is hands down my favorite pen. I've only used it with the M steel nib it came with, but it's the smoothest (and wettest) nib I own, even more so than nibs that cost as much as this pen.
I own one of these as well as all the Koloro line and have to say these are great pens. They hold a massive amount of ink and I've experienced no issues with them as far as leaking is concerned. Now, it is a thick pen and those with smaller hands may have some issues. My only minor complaint is cosmetic. I think it should have a black nib to go with the black trim.
I had managed to not buy a pen for over 6 months and then... why am I so tempted to break my streak??? I'm a sucker for demonstrators and I actually don't own an Opus pen... and here I go justifying myself. Sigh.
silverthornne
My exact thoughts. Although it hasn't quite been 6 months for me.
This is an awesome pen. I own 3 Opus 88 pens, only 1 of these and its a great pen. The valve is awesome, allowing for constant ink flow. Works well with a titanium nib and a Conklin Flex nib. Juicy. Also great for an unending fine nib.