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Omas Transparent Fountain Pen Review


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#1 JaDy

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Posted 21 April 2007 - 15:51

Omas transparent fountain pen review

This is a review of my Omas fountain pen, "MADE IN ITALY 8611F 630 BLACK F/P". I've modified it to be an eyedropper filler. It has a built-in piston filler. The barrel is the ink chamber, with no option for cartridge. Well, long ago the screw mechanism malfunctioned. Probably my fault of too much force. After extreme disassembly, I've converted it into an eyedropper-filled pen. I removed the screw assembly. To fill, I unscrew the nib-holder portion and use the eye-dropper of the Noodler's Polar Blue 4.5 oz. bottle to fill the pen barrel.

It's a very plain, understated pen. Unadorned gold (probably gold-plated steel) F nib of traditional form with "OMAS" engraved. Plain transparent plastic barrel, "OMAS EXTRA ITALY" embossed lengthwise. Black plastic screw cap with gold Greek-key band around open end and gold pocket clip. Black plastic tail (piston knob). Very light weight. Actually 0.5 oz. (13 g.), filled with ink. A very delicate feel. It just works. Nice. This is a sweet pen.

The pocket clip may go loose. Just re-cap the pen and magically the clip is tight again. Good Italian engineering. The clip is more robust than it may appear. On some pens, the clip is attached to the plastic. Apparently, with the Omas, it has an internal metal construction. Impressive.

This Omas can go bold with extra pressure because the nib is sufficiently flexible and flowing of ink. Also, if writing slowly one gets slight bold by virtue of the strong ink flow. Also, note that there is a slight ink leak where the nib assembly screws into the barrel. Next time I refill with ink, I may try using Teflon tape on the threads for a better seal. I'm using Noodler's Polar Blue ink which may be partly the cause of the ink flow and slight leak.

This may become my favorite pen. However, it's a little scratchy, too short without the cap seated, and, oh yes, it's a screw cap which comes loose. Still, it writes immediately upon landing, never skips, has an excellent fine and slightly flexible nib, and extreme ink supply, having been converted to eyedropper fill. As this holds so much ink, it may be appropriate as a traveling pen (however, it may be wise to use a zip-lock bag for airplane travel).

I like this pen, very much.

Related review:
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=23594

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#2 PaulK

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Posted 21 April 2007 - 17:02

Nice review. I noticed some folks mentioning using a very small dab of silicon grease on the threads to keep leakage to a minimum.

Paul

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