In the beginning I was very reluctant to buy an italian foutain pen. But having tried several pens at Morastylos like the Montegrappa Extra, the Omas 360 and the Omas Emotica. I started to appreciate them. Today I went at Mora for normally buying a söveran 1000 with a medium nib but the shop had only one with a fine nib, I then saw a big paragon in the display. I asked to write with it. I bought the Omas because it was a slightly used model and priced resonnably 320€ when normally it costs 565€. (pic enclosed with the courtesy of Omas)
Now let's talk about the pen itself.
An excellent finish on this pen, the pen is warm to the touch. The design resembles a twelve sided Doric column, and provide a precise grip to enhance the pleasure of writing. The Arte Italiana Collection is the perfect combination of refinement and practicality.
It is a pen of the same category and size than a Meisterstück149 and a Söveran 1000 but a little bit heavier than these two models. It is a very ergonomic and comfortable pen. Your hand don't feel tired even after long seance of writing.
The basic piston filling system which is known for its robustness and reliability. The omas filling system being as smooth as my 146,149 and 800 piston fillers.
This is where I was greatly enthusiasmed. The nib is perfectly balanced and glides on paper. I can understand why many people are so enthusiastic about Omas nibs. The ink flow is very regular and the smoothness of the nib is first class.
Omas made an incredible pen with the Oversized Arte Italiana Paragon. It is an artisanally made pen with so many qualities that is hard not to consider this a great present or a pen for life. It is also a way to buy something different and refined from the usual standards in the oversized pens that are the Meisterstück 149 and the Söveran 1000. For the price I paid, I can only think that I made a very good choice. I will consider Omas in my future purchases again.
Edited by georges zaslavsky, 24 February 2007 - 22:14.