Over the years ST Dupont made several brand specific lighters, quite a few for the Fuente family.
This review is about the 2006 Fuente Opus X.
The basic pen is the X-Large Olympio/Orpheo model. It has the characteristic ST Dupont curved and scalloped 18K nib with a Palladium overlay and a gold plated ribbed section. The body is a bright red Chinese Lacquer while the cap is about as close to pure white as any I have ever found. It was created to match the white of the finest Limouges Porcelain and the Fuente crest appears on the reverse of the cap.
As with all ST Dupont pens this one is a marvel, the more you live with it the more you come to appreciate their attention to detail. There were a total of 400 made and this particular pen is 133/400.
Like all ST Dupont pens since the Montparnasse, it is a cartridge/converter pen and uses the standard international cartridges. The nib is smooth with great feedback, moderately wet with all inks and can sit unused and uncapped for extended periods yet start immediately.
This is certainly not a pen that goes unnoticed and I imagine that even in a pitch black room with no light at all it would stand out, but it is certainly a joy to own and use. The balance is perfect, posted or unposted and the size, weight and overall warmth make it enjoyable during extended writing sessions. The metal section would not have been my first choice, but surprisingly the ribs make it both secure and controllable.
Edited by jar, 24 April 2010 - 17:10.