I don't see it as a oblique, but a BBB or even BBBB....now that is a Signature Pen.
I think, Osmia's Diamond, which I have on some of the pens...was more bling, than a quality marker.
O-F-C swiftly got rid of the diamond, then the clip, then the name, finally all that was left was the diamond of a semi-flex nib, with out Osmia, with in 6-7 years of taking over in '51.
What fools, they F-C only made second tier fountain pens and needed the first class Osmia. But those jumped up late 19th century business nobility, the Grafs of Faber Castell had an ego problem. You can not convince the pen buying public a second tier pen brand is actually still the first class Osmia, when you take the name off, for your own.
I see no difference in quality, with the pen body or nibs, with the different clips and cap ends. Different strokes?
Perhaps if the boss had a MB, you got an Osmia with a plainer top, than the diamond on the cap top. I can't immagine the clip alone would cost more. Some folks didn't want to brag too loud.
There is something there, when so many German pens are only black&gold and the colored models were exported....in I see so few on German Ebay...those go for 1/3 more.
Soennecken was one of the very first fountain pen makers...@1890.
Kaweco used only US Morton nibs, the worlds best from 1900 to 1914, when they made a deal with Morton, to import the machinery and the US workers to Germany in April 1914, then came August and the Americans went home.
The gold nibs were hand hammered and annealed. To keep the 'iridium' from burning off the tip was put in a potato.
Up to 1930 when the maker went broke from the market crash not the pen....it was used.
Thomas, who's uncle worked in Kaweco when it was still in Heidelberg and not picked up after it went broke a second time, and made for a while in Greece I think like now; said, the Germans for a long time use to say "lend me your Kaweco", instead of lend me your fountain pen. It was the best nib. A first class pen.
That was the first thing the new owner cut to cut costs, so Kaweco's nibs dropped back to second class like Soennecken and MB.
After that Soennecken and MB fought it (1930-60) out for best German Pen Company. Pelikan was using MB nibs at that time 1930.
Soennecken still around as a office supply company, like Pelikan and I don't think now MB does office supplies any more, but that kept them alive. Osmia was just a pen company so had always money problems.
In the '50's Soennecken was too slow to get into the ball point market unlike MB & Pelikan, so started dying in the mid-late '50's. By @ 1960 it stopped making pens.
The '50's Soennecken was the best pen; perhaps in the world...not MB or Pelikan. Andreas Lambrou said so.
Soennecken run 20-25% more than Osmia....so I don't have one. I do have a superflex Soennecken fountain pen nib.
My Grail Soennecken is a '50's 111 Extra in either of three of the six herringbone colors. Last seen at €500 (When the Osmia Supra Deluxe was going for 350), except for some jerk trying to sell a Black herringbone for a buy now of €1,000.
There are folks with more money than good sense. Black IMO was the least interesting of the colors of herringbone.
There is or was some lady on this com with 6 of the herringbone Soennecken's. I've not seen those pens being bragged for a while, so it could be she passed.
Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 27 November 2014 - 08:10.