A good, long writing session is considered by many writers to be therapeutic and cathartic. But there is nothing more annoying than being met by hard starts and skipping when you sit down to write — your pen has run out of ink yet again. While there’s nothing wrong with using cartridge-converter filling systems, sometimes it just isn’t enough for continuous writing. If you’ve wanted to try other filling systems for your longer writing sessions, then perhaps an eyedropper fountain pen is perfect for you.
Here, we’re featuring the Taiwanese brand Opus 88. While TWSBI is known for its piston filler demonstrators, Opus 88 is well-known for its eyedropper pens. Here are some of the best eyedropper pens from the brand.
The Opus 88 Demonstrator is a great pen to start with when considering eyedropper filling systems. It may be longer compared to other popular pens on the market (it’s just a little longer than a capped LAMY Safari), but it does not in any way hinder the excellent balance and feel of the pen. It comes with a No. 6 Jowo nib that writes very smoothly, allowing you to glide over pages and pages of writing with ease. This is best for writers who prefer little to no feedback on their nibs for that glassy feel. When inked, the pen feels substantial enough without being too weighty or burdensome. Overall, this is a great demonstrator from Opus 88 to add to your collection.
The great thing about eyedropper fountain pen filling systems is that they provide you with a much larger ink capacity so you can write for longer periods. This can be an advantage for mini-sized pens, which usually come with less ink due to the shorter barrel. Writers don’t have to worry about running out of ink when using the Opus 88 Mini Pocket Pen. It holds about 1.5 ml of ink, all while being shorter than some popular smaller pen models, such as the TWSBI Vac Mini and the Pilot Prera. If you’re someone who likes to post their small pens, you may have a difficult time using this as it doesn’t post. It’s meant to stay short, even while using it. But if you don’t mind writing with a small pen, then this is a great addition to your collection. The Opus 88 Mini comes with a No. 5 Jowo nib to match its small size. Similar to the No. 6 nib on the Opus 88 Demonstrator, it writes very smoothly out of the box. Writers who are constantly on the go can benefit from having this pen. It even comes in a new Grumpy Kitty design!
Some writers prefer to have a bit of girth on their pens. This is exactly what the Opus 88 Bela gives you. It comes with a large ink capacity and a chunky body to match. Its diameter is just shy of 20 mm and is reminiscent of the chunky crayons students use in pre-school. The wide diameter can help with writing for longer sessions without dealing with hand cramps and fatigue. Similar to the Opus 88 Demonstrator, this pen holds about 3.5ml of ink. It also features a sealing mechanism that prevents leaks. This fountain pen comes with a smooth No. 6 Jowo nib.
Last but not least is the Opus 88 Omar. Those who prioritize comfort when writing with their fountain pens will love this eyedropper fountain pen. Although it is a larger fountain pen compared to more popular models, it is still easy to hold and write with. This is more of a desk pen than an on-the-go writing tool. It can function as your everyday workhorse pen. Of course, the No. 6 Jowo nib writes a beautifully smooth line, and the eyedropper filling system guarantees a steady flow of ink (it holds 3.5 ml of ink). If you aren’t too worried about changing inks often and can get used to the size and filling system of the pen, then the Omar might just be the perfect option for you.
Whether you choose a mini pocket pen or the chunkier Bela, having an eyedropper fountain pen can be very enjoyable. It may take some time to get used to the filling system, especially if you’re coming from a cartridge-converter model. You’ll eventually learn to appreciate the convenience of a much larger ink capacity that can allow you to enjoy uninterrupted writing sessions.
Written by EndlessPens Blogger Ramona Kabigting