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Omas D-day Review


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#1 lowks

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 16:09

This pen is inside my pantheon of pens to steal a phrase from the filmspotting guys which goes to mean I will never sell this pen under any condition.

Introducing the OMAS D-Day! ...
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History

I bought this pen from a user who had it mint, which I got connected from the green board. The route for me to get this pen is almost as thorn ridden and challenging as the ships landing on the shores of Normandy! I initially ordered it from one seller who after about 2 months could not deliver it due to some mix up regarding inheritance of the pen or something to that end, so I was very lucky the second time around the process was very very smooth and pen finally came.

That was not the end of it, after some barganing with John Mottishaw of nibs.com fame, I decided to trade in it's stock B nib for an Oblique Medium nib. For those who know me would definitely know I am an Oblique nut, so this was a must for me.

Pens came and went and before I knew it the one month was up and the pen was back from nibs.com! Yayy! On to the review.

Design and concept 4/5

The design and concept of this pen is truly above others. I like the theme of this pen representing the boats landing on the shores of Normandy. It's truly unique and the more scratches or scars I get on this pen I feel it lives up to it's theme even better. The theme and concept of this pen is one of it's kind. It comes in a steel box which looks like something like those WW2 lunch boxes (sorry if that is not what you call them ... ). Taking one point off here unfortunately because the box that the pen came with had a clip that would definitely scratch the pen if you try to clip it on! This theme totally succeed because right after owning this pen I started reading about what happened on that fateful day and how the tides of the war turned because of it.

Nib performance 5/5

This nib glides on the paper like a dream! I absolutely how it handles. It's got just enough of a slight, very very slight feedback that I love when I write.

Filling system 5/5

This is a typical OMAS piston filler and it's smooth like nobody's business after JM greased it up, nothing to complain here.

Overall value 5/5

I did not mind paying the higher price for this one because all the time it was my dream to own one of these. So I cheat a bit here and say the overall value to me is great!

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Conclusion

This is my first review so I thought I start with one my pantheon pen which I love the most. Everytime I write with this pen it always manages to pick me up no matter how down I feel. This is joy in the form of a pen and it is truly one of the reasons why I still trawl the “For Sale” section of FPN to see if I can buy another to match up to this one. There is another similar pen (Optima) who went through the same process but ended up a whole lot different ... but I guess that is story for another day :).

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 16:57

Thanks for sharing. These are unusual pens but I think that as commemorative pens, they are very well designed. They do have an army-issue look to them.
I came "this close" to owning one once when I lost an Ebay bid and, a year later, I'm still wishing I'd been able to purchase that one. Yours truly looks mint. It makes a lot of sense to buy what you really like even if the price is a little more. Ten years from now you won't even remember what you paid for the pen but you will still be enjoying the pen every time yo use it.

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 17:15

I know of a person selling it but now the price is exorbitant .... about usd 600 plus exorbitant ...

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 17:34

I know of a person selling it but now the price is exorbitant .... about usd 600 plus exorbitant ...


I think it's absolutely beautiful! And with an oblique nib too! :puddle: :)

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 22:52

Love my D-Day.

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 10:57

Almost forgot the most important detail ... my boat number is 2189

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 11:43

cool.
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Posted 08 September 2010 - 12:13

Very cool pen! Looks very, war-ish! Kind of like it might be a weapon of some sort...

Need a pen repaired or a nib re-ground? I'd love to help you out.


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Posted 10 September 2010 - 05:44

can't say that the color or style appeal to me, but it is very cool... specially that boat number detail!
thx for for the review, lowks!

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 01:05

Did you get the outer boxes and the "leather" sleeve as well?

#11 lowks

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 02:48

Did you get the outer boxes and the "leather" sleeve as well?


Did not get those. As of the leather sleeve, the previous owner said that the sleeve was ermm torn and not too lasting and he did not think it was worth sending.

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 16:27

Did you get the outer boxes and the "leather" sleeve as well?


Did not get those. As of the leather sleeve, the previous owner said that the sleeve was ermm torn and not too lasting and he did not think it was worth sending.


The 'leather' (faux) sleeve is great for protecting the pen from those clamps.

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 01:34

Almost forgot the most important detail ... my boat number is 2189


Interesting about the pen number...I didn't realize that there were only 5300 of them made until I looked it up. One for every ship involved. Congratulations about getting your limited edition!

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 02:25

Almost forgot the most important detail ... my boat number is 2189


Interesting about the pen number...I didn't realize that there were only 5300 of them made until I looked it up. One for every ship involved. Congratulations about getting your limited edition!


Yeah sorta makes all the owners of the Limited edition have this sorta Band of Brothers feel for each other ... uh ... well maybe just me :)

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 03:01

Very nice. Really like it.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 23:17

I love mine! #0218, which came w/ all boxes and material.
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Posted 17 December 2011 - 19:07

Thank you for showing us that most remarkable pen and box. The box is designed after a US mess kit (the other name for lunch box). I probably would in an instance buy this pen if one became available. I think it is remarkable in that it took only a few elemental designs to make a very significant statement.

I don't know how much the rest of the world knows or even considers the importance of that day to the USA. It is a most holy day in our comparatively short history as a major nation. The shores of Normandy are hallowed and consecrated.

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 20:44

I have boat/pen #0352. This pen opened my eyes wide to the excellence of Italian fountain pen design. Heads and tails above my trusty Parkers, Caran d'Aches and Montblancs. For those who have not seen it in person the green is way more lovely in person than via photograph. And it really does invoke a D-Day soldier equipped ambience. Best pen ever I have for daily use.



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Posted 21 February 2014 - 17:08

Wow thank you for you review.

 

My boat number is 1830. The D-Day's a beautifully designed fountain pen.  Only one small thing annoys me, that is the leather sleeve after all those years has dried out and cracked, and some grey bits stick on to the barrel which it seems can't be removed even with soap water.  Other than that my boat is still in an almost perfect condition.  

 

 

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 07:17

Hello out there, 

here is a curious special version of the D-Day - undoubtedly, the barrel is a D-Day pen, with serial number 3532 engraved into the barrel near section. BUT - the cap is from cotton resin of the same colour, cap bands with no D-Day engraving. 

so what´s this?  A Prototype? a study for a second version to sell at a lower price point? However, as far as I could find out, it never hit the market. The pen came directly out of the factory, in a box full of parts and half finished pens. Second pen that came with this one is a Roller, royal blue, clearly marked "prototipo" 

 

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