Just got the Alba in purple as well. I got an italic, not realizing that it's only a medium. I am not a fan of any italic narrower than a 1.3. I originally got the purple Alba because I also own a pair of red transparent Ogivas that I really love. They were an Asian exclusive, and the pens have an extra fine Flessible nib on one, and a stub on the other. They are nos 19 and 20 respectively so they get called the twins. Somehow this excitement did not translate to the Alba. For now at least.
As for the Italic OMAS nibs, as far as what I have, I have a true Stub, that has a square bit of iridium tipping on the end of the nib and also an ST initial on the side of the nib, the medium italic on the Alba that is stamped with a simple M on the side, and a very broad italic on the Shakespeare pen that also feel like it had the iridium cut off. I can't tell with the Shakespeare pen because that nib has a unique imprint specially designed for the pen and does not have any nib size markings.
Thanks for the information and comments.
So, some OMAS stubs and italic nibs are manufactured as such, and some are made from nibs that came from the factory as M or B nibs. If the latter are made by cutting off the tip, including the entire iridium bead, the factory size (M or B ) probably does not correlate very well with the final nib width.
My OMAS Alba nib was originally a B nib. As a cursive italic, it writes a line about 1.1 mm wide. OMAS does not make a nib as wide as you prefer. Here is a thought, though: A few years ago, I ordered a Pelikan M600 SE from nibs.com. I told John I wanted a crisp cursive italic that wrote a 1.3 mm line. What he had to do was take a BB nib and re-tip it to get a broader iridium bead, then grind it to a cursive italic. It was expensive, but I ended up with a terrific nib that is just what I wanted.
I don't know of any gold (as opposed to steel with or without gold plating) nib nib that is over 1.1mm except the now discontinued Pelikan M800 3B and IT nibs. That said, the 1.9 mm music nib that JoWo makes for Franklin-Christoph is a very fine nib. You might like it. It is very smooth and reasonably crisp. And, beside F-C pens, it also screws directly into Edison pens that take a number 6 nib.
Edited by dms525, 08 January 2015 - 19:06.