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Osmiroid - A Short History


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#1 Ebberman

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Posted 26 February 2018 - 03:41

http://hans.presto.t...osmiroid02.html

I find it interesting. Rather than copy & paste it I've given you the link.



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#2 Ebberman

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Posted 26 February 2018 - 15:44

Berol Ltd bought Osmiroid in 1989.

Sanford UK has been formed by the

amalgamation of six separate companies. The Sanford product range now includes Parker Pens, Paper Mate, Berol, Waterman, Rotring and Sanford.

Then, I believe, Sanford UK was bought by Rubbermaid.

 

It sickens me that these firms swallow up smaller firms simply to close them.

Osmiroid was a small fish swallowed by a bigger fish which in turn was swallowed by an even bigger fish which was swallowed by a whale. 

Goodbye Osmiroid. It's thanks to you that a whole generation took up calligraphy.



#3 Methersgate

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Posted 04 March 2018 - 21:05

Just so. I think I used Osmiroid pens - at first the 65, then the 75, for the whole of my education.

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#4 Gloucesterman

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Posted 04 March 2018 - 23:59

I still use them. They have decent calligraphy nibs in a wide variety of sizes and formats. Some of them accept Esterbrook nibs and Esterbrook can use some of the earlier Osmiroid nibs as well.

 

Overall it can be a dependable pen with versatility of nibs. They also can be found for "less expensive" purchase prices.

Be sure to keep in mind "caveat emptor"


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#5 Ebberman

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 03:47

I have a few of the later nib assemblies, but literally hundreds of brand new earlier ones - the ones that fit Osmiroid 65 & 75. Italic, music, rolatip, mari, shorthand, mari left-hand et cetera. I should off-load them. I can't use them all. When I take up a hobby I get a bit obsessional and have to buy the paraphernalia wholesale - "I don't know what I need so I had better buy it all".

Circumstances cooled me off in the form of three autistic children.

If you are short of a nib or two let me know.



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Posted 20 March 2018 - 03:42

Dribbling and frothing, I've just let you know!

 

And yeah, I agree about Osmiroid wholeheartedly, from their worth to their demise. They were excellent nibs, but the plastic was always a bit substandard I guess... even then, they supplied more several generations of budding calligraphers, and still do!


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