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Oh, The Wonder...

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#1 Jjota

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Posted 08 February 2020 - 21:25

Why every fountain pen isnt made of Italian celluloid is a mystery Ill never understand. Such a wonderfully beautiful material

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#2 Estycollector

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Posted 08 February 2020 - 21:37

Let us know how it hold up the Esterbrook plastic in 70 years. 


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#3 Jjota

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Posted 08 February 2020 - 21:45

its a living material, so warm and fluid in the light

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#4 Jjota

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Posted 08 February 2020 - 21:56

Let us know how it hold up the Esterbrook plastic in 70 years.

My 1936 Omas Extra celluloid (84 years old) is holding up quite fine, thanks for asking ;-)

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Posted 08 February 2020 - 22:40

Thank you for posting these photos of your handsome pens.  

 

I was mesmerised when I received my first Omas Celluloid pen, the Saft Green Extra (Paragon style) & didn't wait a moment when I first saw the Omas 90th anniversary edition of the Ogivia in Burkina, my favorite of the Omas finishes.  I admired the Arcos but decided if I was to only have ONE more, I would choose the Burkina & have never been sorry about my choice.

 

I have some Montegrappas, a Miya & a Symphony, but they pale in comparison to the Omas pens.  However nice my other vegetal resin Omas pens may function, they are not as appealing as the celluloids.  

 

I understand fully the feeling expressed in your post.



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Posted 08 February 2020 - 22:46

I would think it would be related to the factories burning down and the material being outlawed....

 

But yes it sure looks nice



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Posted 09 February 2020 - 00:26

The Italian stuff is great, no argument there, but some of the American and English celluloids from the 30s and 40s also rank among the most attractive.  Good celluloid is amazing, cellulose acetate and many acrylics can also be beautiful, subtle, brilliant and translucent.  

I've never been "wowed" by a Japanese celluloid though, some nice ones for sure, but nothing top-tier, then again western laquered pens don't offer their urushi pieces much competition...


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Posted 09 February 2020 - 06:54

Let us know how it hold up the Esterbrook plastic in 70 years.

i have several omas and also other branded and unbranded Italian pens from mid 30's, and celluloid is great.

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Posted 09 February 2020 - 15:39

i have several omas and also other branded and unbranded Italian pens from mid 30's, and celluloid is great.

 

+1

 

And thank you for the pretty pictures. They capture the fascination of Italian celluloid pens quite nicely. What you can't see is how fabulous they write.:-)


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Posted 09 February 2020 - 16:42

Italian celluloid pens are in a league of their own, and Omas especially. What makes them stand out is not just the beauty and variety of the material, but the very long history of using this material when other regions had long given up.



#11 Jjota

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Posted 09 February 2020 - 21:09

I would think it would be related to the factories burning down and the material being outlawed....

 

But yes it sure looks nice

 

c'mon... whats a little danger when you can have material like this ;-)

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