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  1. I found this on eBay and I figured this is just what My Opus 88 Demonstrator needed. It's branded FANMU, though none of the few sellers on eBay who offer it market it as such. I always found eyedroppers to be inadequate for the purpose of filling their namesake pens; not enough capacity, a hassle to clean... boring... The Fanmu addresses all these shortcomings, IMHO. It basically works like the filling mechanism in the TWSBI Go and it works really well. It's fun to use and it's quite well made. Looks good too. It's one of those things that you didn't know you needed, but once you have one you wonder how you managed without.
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    Hello Fellow Members! We will now solve the mystery of the Pineider Limited Edition Mystery Filler! Both the Company and Designer are world-renowned. Since it's beginning in 1774, Pineider has produced prestigious papers, writing instruments, and leather goods for our enjoyment. And the mastermind behind the Mystery Filler, as well as the other prized Pineider pens, is the revered Dante Del Vecchio, recognized as the superstar of fountain pen innovation. Each Mystery Filler fountain pen has a 14-karat (rose or rhodium plated) gold, proprietary, flexible, quill nib, called Hyperflex, which was designed by Del Vecchio and produced for Pineider by celebrated German nib maker, Bock. The pen's cap features a patented “twist magnetic” lock, (Del Vecchio has earned 18 patents), so that it securely and perfectly closes the pen without pressure or the need for repeated twisting, as is necessary with a threaded pen cap. The polarization of the magnets permits a soft opening and a satisfying closure, so that we can open the pen gently or watch it roll between our fingers until we hear the closing click. Another goal accomplished by Del Vecchio was to introduce new pen clips reminiscent of a feather, in honor of Pineider’s long-established history of producing writing accessories. The clip design is a Goose Quill in marine steel, which was chosen as Pineider's distinctive trademark. Quills were used for writing with ink before the invention of the dip pen, the metal-nibbed pen, the fountain pen, and, eventually, the ballpoint pen. Quill pens were used to write the vast majority of medieval manuscripts, including the Magna Carta and the Declaration of Independence. Quill pens are still used today by professional scribes and calligraphers. The filling system in the Mystery Filler is an inbuilt piston mechanism, and contains 7 components of considerable precision. Its operation is unusual. Push the piston knob to release it, then to fill with ink, twist the piston knob as is customary with any piston filler, and when finished filling, push the knob to secure it into original position. A benefit of the hidden piston knob is that it will not interfere with cap posting. Have fun while you observe the internal operation of this writing instrument through the demonstrator window. Two important questions...how does it write, and what is the value relative to the price we pay? Writing with the Mystery Filler is comfortable--a pleasurable, every-day fountain pen. The nib is extraordinary. What we get for what we pay gives the Mystery Filler its high value. But wait! There's an unexpected extra. Note in the photo and included free, is the Pineider Pen Filler. It provides a small, reliable, easy-to-use and easy-to-carry, convenient, no-mess method to fill your fountain pen when you are away. An eyedropper is enclosed as well. Only 888 Limited Edition Mystery Filler fountain pens were created in Black Demonstrator/Rose Gold ("Black Russian"), and 888 in Full Demonstrator ("White Sugar"). Pineider Pens, including the Mystery Filler, are available from the preeminent retailer, penchalet.com

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