Just received my OPera Club Typhoon blue. Very excited. I will write a more in depth review tonight or tomorrow. In the mean time, here are some pictures. Note that because it is night here, this was taken under strong tungsten lighting. It is difficult to see the nuances of the blue. The pen writes very well and I will be using Visconti black with it for now.
I only had time to do two mini ink reviews and they can be found in the ink review section. MOre pictures and a full review to come, as promised above!
A side by side size comparison to the Aurora 88 MEdium sized pen is attached.
OK Full review here:
Compared to the box which came with my medium sized Aurora 88, the Opera Club has a better presentation. At least it tries to make the box look leathery and luxurious. The pen sits in between a satin pillow, all secured.
Appearance and Finish
Chrome plated trim, in the blue typhoon color with resin cap and barrel, 14k (white) gold nib. The pictures below do not do justice to the true beauty of the pen. The pics were taken at night under stong tungsten lighting. When I have time, I will do it during the day, attempting to reproduce the "typhoony" swirls of the different shades of blue. It looks stunningly modern, with a classical touch.
In my opinion the resin really rivals with celluloid in terms of color.
Length: 5 ˝ inches capped, 5 1/8 inches uncapped, just under 6 ˝ postedWeight: 1.2oz capped, .8oz uncapped
Converter/Cartridge. My only concern is that the ink (visconti black) doesn't flow too well in the converter. If I let the pen sit in my pocket for too long upside down, the ink doesn't seem to be flowing back down when I use it. And when I fill in the ink, there were air bubbles in the middle. Does anyone know how to correct for flow issues within the converter? I am happy that at least it's just the converter and nothing to do with the nib itself!
Nib and flow
As mentioned above, the only issue that I have is the ink not flowing well in the converter. Perhaps this has to do with the Visconti black ink which came w/ the pen. I will try Aurora blue (which flows ever so wonderfully in the converter of my Aurora 88).
Besides that the pen writes luxuriously smoothly. Compared to the Aurora 88 which also writes flawlessly, this Opera Club has less "feedback" from the paper. Others would say that the Opera Club is less "toothy." I am not saying the Aurora 88 is worse. It's just a different experience!
And boy is the nib big, compared to the Aurora in the pic below. Visconti no longer makes two toned nibs for this color. I don't mind the all white gold look. But if it were two toned, it would look even more ostensibly luxurious.
All in all, a great pen. I bought it from Deb Kinney who was wonderful to deal with.
Hope this review helps. It is certainly longer than the crappy Aurora 88 review I did last time!
Edited by chuancao, 01 February 2008 - 15:41.