Here we go: I have always been partial to the "wild" celluloid by Omas. It just looked so beautiful to me like bolts of lightning rushing through a pitch-black nocturnal sky. I learned that this material was easily available in the 360 model. As I do not have any hankering for this triangular shaped pen and as I just do not connect with it when writing, I decided to not buy the 360 in wild celluloid. I wanted a pen with this celluloid that I could use. I then learned that Omas produced the Galilei Galilei in 1993, a Paragon-sized pen with the material that I was yearing for.
After a successful ad in the marketplace section I got in touch with a person from Australia. When the pen arrived I had to learn that it had several shortcomings: the nib colar that holds the nib and the hard rubber feed was broken, the pen had had some nasty brownish ink in it which had discolored the section of the barrel (the white parts, to be precise). Also, the pen's surface had lots of microscratches. Fortunately, the seller agreed to pay for a necessary trip to John Mottishaw. I chipped in for the rush order fee as I didn't want to wait six months to get my beloved pen back.
Well, I knew that when I opened the box today, I could expect only the best from John's repair skills. And sure enough the pen looks almost new now. John Mottishaw polished the celluloid so that it looks as if it had just left the factory. He could also almost completely remove the nasty brown stains. The only spot where you can still see them just a tad is at the threads of the pen body. A marvelous job! Celluloid stain removal is always tricky. Once the stains have penetrated the material, it is almost impossible to remove them. I was fortunate enough that they are nearly gone now.
The nib is now in place and I will test-drive the nib soon. This is a medium nib that John has geared towards wet ink flow. So I can rightfully claim that it will write wonderful!
Most of you know the old-style Paragon model and its virtues. It hold 2.5 ml ink in a piston filler and it is very light (20 grams) and therefore a pleasure to use. If necessary, the cap posts wonderfully. I normally don't post, but in the posted position the Paragon is very impressive without losing its balance. The pen's trim is HT and gold. The Greek key band is silver, the clip, the two small adorning rings next to the Greek key ring and the little ring at the end of the barrel are gold. Although I would have prefered a uniform HT trim, this is manageable. I am normally not a fan of gold plating, but this looks somwhat classy on this pen.
As you can see, the pen is simply and unobtrusively engraved with "OMAS Galileo Galilei." I have no. 3235 out of what I believe is a total of about 4200 pens produced.
It comes in a plexiglas receptacle that looks like a gargantuan lense (this is the pedestal on which the pen rests in the pictures). The plexiglas lens also has the engraved serial no. on it that matches the pen's.
This pen naturally doesn't come cheap. But I found it to be so beautiful that I just had to have it. It will be used on a regular basis.
Enjoy the pictures....
Edited by dupontfan, 25 October 2007 - 04:17.