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#1 TheNobleSavage

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Posted 12 January 2006 - 22:37

OMAS Paragon Full Size- Review

First Impressions
This is the 3rd OMAS review so far and they have been unusual looking pens to say the least!!! I have to admit that I never really cared for the Omas Paragon and 360 pens. I thought that the shapes would make for a very uncomfortable writing experience. With the Paragon, it is faceted shaped like the Eversharp Doric or the columns of Rome!! Finger placement seemed rather odd and I was not too sure that I was going to like this pen. I guess that’s why this pen never appealed to me at all, I usually prefer the standard round barrels of fountain pens, I guess I am what you call a traditionalist. Well, for some odd reason this pen really appealed to me when I was browsing around on EBay right around Christmas. This pen stood out especially with the lowest price I have ever seen on a Full Sized OMAS Paragon. I like the blue color with the gold trim, piston filler oh, and did I mention that the price was right? I knew if I absolutely hated this pen, I could recoup my money especially for what I paid for and the pen was BRAND NEW!!!

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The Pen comes in the typical OMAS box and for those who do not know what the box looks like, Ill clue you in!! There is the black outer sleeve with grey “Greek Key” design band around the box. There is the OMAS trademark picture of the dude and chick on the face of the box. Inside the sleeve box contains the main box!! It is a Black hard case “Clam Shell” style box that is hinged. It probably can be thrown off a building and still survive. Inside the “Clam Shell” box contains the pearl, the OMAS pen!! The pen rests on the secret “trap door” tray that is removable. Under that tray is the owner’s manual/warranty card. There is no real information in this manual other than the warranty card that gives you a limited 24 month warranty. Believe it or not, there are no instructions on how to fill this pen up!! 99% of us know how to fill a pen but there is the 1% who has no idea that they purchased a piston filling pen. I guess it pays to do some research before you buy this pen!!!

Appearance/ Finish 5 out of 5

I have to admit that this pen was really cool looking straight out of the box. It had a deep blue color called the 2003 Blu Venezia and it had a wonderful looking gold trim to it. The pen came in a nice high gloss shine with a faceted surface. It really is a sharp looking pen as far as I am concerned. The pen is super smooth to the touch and there are no rough spots or anything considered aesthetically unappealing.

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Design/Size/Weight 5 out of 5

The design of this pen is the classic Paragon shape which is the 12 faceted barrel and cap. The OMAS Paragon is 5 ½ inches in length capped and with the cap posted, the pen is a tad shy of 7 inches in length. The diameter of this pen is 1 5/8 inches, so this is no slouch of a pen. I only wish is was a bit larger, but people in hell want ice water too!!! Surprisingly, this pen is very comfortable even though this pen is faceted. The section where you have your fingers are rounded, so that really makes things even more easier to write. So for the most part the faceted edges are nothing more than cosmetic, they do not affect the ability of the writer.
The pen has a gold trim with the “Greek Key” band design on the cap and at the section close to where your fingers are placed. The clip is also a gold trim with the little wheel thingy at the start of the clip. This makes slipping the pen on or off shirt pocket a breeze. It is very fluid and I see this a lot with Italian pens. It really gives it that feeling of “WOW, they really sat down and thought about the consumer”!! The cap is rather difficult to post; it is a tight feeling that I see loosening up over time. As far as I am concerned, it writes fine with or without it. The pen is rather light and looks can be deceiving but I really thought that this pen would be heavy like a sledge hammer!!

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As for posting or not, I tend to like a pen posted because it fits better into my hand due to the added weight. The pen has wonderful balance and the weight of the cap is very surprisingly, super light to say the least. The cap secures to the pen by threads instead of a snap cap. I tend to prefer screw on caps rather than snap caps but that is a personal preference. The material of the pen is either a cotton resin or vegetable resin or made out of asparagus. I don’t think that it is all that important at all, even though I am partial to Celluloid (Nitrate or Acetate) this material seems a tad bit softer than your typical resin but much more pliable. I categorize pen material into a few classes Wood, Metal, Celluloid, Resin (acrylic, cotton, plastic) or Combo Hybrids.
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Nib Design and Performance 5 out of 5

As Flavor Flav says “YEEEAAAHHH BOOOYYY. This nib is an 18 KT gold monotone medium nib. This is a screw in nib unit like a Pelikan, Stipula and Bexley to name a few. I am sure the Bock Nib Works of Germany makes these nibs for OMAS but not for certain. This nib is a medium width with about the same size as the OMAS 360 Fountain Pen. I really wish that they would have used a 2 tone nib like they used to for the older Paragons and the later limited edition OMAS pens. The 2 tone nibs are really sharp looking and I wish they would have kept it going. This gives the pen a really modern and classy look to it. The nib design has the OMAS trademark arrow inscribed in the nib. The left side portion of the nib has the width inscribed. This nib is a medium width nib so on the side there is an “M” inscribed. This is a fairly good sized nib and it fits the size and shape of this pen like a hand in glove but not O.J.’s glove though!!! It seems that OMAS likes to use Ebonite feeds rather than the typical injection mold plastic feeds. Creating Ebonite feeds are more time consuming and painstaking than producing plastic feeds. Ebonite feeds cannot not be mass produced like the plastic feeds because ebonite requires a completely different technique to machine them into what we call feeds. There are more steps involved and some of them include having to make cuts, shapes and channels by hand. For many companies, making ebonite feeds are not very cost effective and they usually reserve that for limited edition pens. Plastic does the job satisfactorily but Ebonite is the superior material to use when it comes to feeds. Rather than repelling the ink as plastic does, Ebonite draws the ink naturally. In my very limited experience, pens with ebonite feeds usually have fewer problems when it comes to ink flow and skipping than the pens that have plastic feeds. Not to say that all ebonite feeds flow perfect and plastic feeds do not but I have seen them perform better in the pens that I do own.

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Will this nib stack up well with the other 2 OMAS pens that I reviewed? Pretty darn close!!! The nib was a bit toothy but it was easily remedied with a ultra fine Mylar smoothing disc. 5 minutes of work and this pen wrote like a heavyweight champ VS a glass jaw scrub!! This pen started from start to finish with a super heavy line of ink that resembled a light broad nib rather than a medium. I have absolutely zero complaints regarding the flow of this pen. Too bad a lot of my other pens don’t write this well. Nib is as smooth as butter and is consistent with my other OMAS pens in terms of flow, smoothness and overall experience. As far as I am concerned, the nibs OMAS uses on its pens are among the best in the world. The nib starts every time regardless if I leave the cap off for an extended period of time or not!!!

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The Filling System 5 out of 5

Guess what?? This pen is a piston filler and it holds a ton of ink!! I have wrote numerous pages of journal entries, work orders and reports to test this pen out and the pen still kept writing. OMAS has some of the largest capacity piston filler pens on the market IMHO. The piston action is very smooth and works rather effortlessly when it comes to filling the pen with its fuel, ink!! For this pen, OMAS could of gotten away with a cartridge/converter filling mechanism but they did right by taking advantage of the barrel size and adding in a huge capacity piston filling system.

Cost 4 out of 5

The MSRP is around $425.00 or so but I wouldn’t pay MSRP on any pen, PERIOD!!! Since I was doing my Ebaying on Christmas Eve, I got some outstanding deals on pens. I picked this one up for right around $200.00 delivered to my doorstep!! This is a perfect deal on a brand new pen that should be going for twice what I paid for or at least $150.00 more than what I paid. It is a tremendous deal on a top notch fountain pen that has so much to offer. Is it worth the $200.00 I paid? You better believe it buddy!!!

Conclusion

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This pen is on my current and past 2 pen rotations. This is a superb writing instrument that has little to no faults. The pen seems to have been made extremely well and really with zero blemishes. OMAS did a fantastic job on the Paragon and has been doing a wonderful job for a very long time. Unfortunately the new Arte Italiana Collection is really a regression on these Paragons. They are now using a metal section on the Paragons or at least in this new collection. I hope that they decided to keep the classic line in addition to this new line. I really think the new collection is like trying to reinvent the wheel. It is not necessary and really a waste of money and resources!!

Regardless, OMAS did wonders with this pen and its design and I am so glad I decided to try something new. I finally stepped out of the box and bought a Paragon and a 360 and I have been extremely happy with these pens. Now I know what the rave is all about!! Some like OMAS and some hate OMAS but the experience I have been having with 3 of them has been nothing short of spectacular. I would love to buy the full size OMAS Paragon in the ARCO celluloid, its all about the Benjamin’s and a stroke of good luck to find one used or new at a killer price. Until then, I will wait patiently, eventually it will pay off!! I highly recommend the OMAS full size Paragon, this pen has just about everything I want in a fountain pen and then some!!!
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Posted 12 January 2006 - 22:44

Thanks for the great review NS!

I've been eyeing the Arco Bronze that Mottishaw has on Nibs.com. Do you have plans to put these reviews on your Blog? I've got your blog feed loaded into my aggregator. :)
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Posted 12 January 2006 - 23:36

Thanks for the great review NS!

I've been eyeing the Arco Bronze that Mottishaw has on Nibs.com.  Do you have plans to put these reviews on your Blog?  I've got your blog feed loaded into my aggregator. :)

Yes, thanks for the great review.

I just got the same model with HT trim from Matthew Jacober.

The 18kt Rhodium plated nib was a Broad and Mottishaw made it into an addictive Cursive italic. Even though the cap band is showing signs of gold coming from underneath which is usually a deal stopper for me, I am totally blinded by the sweet Mottishawed nib. His nib work is fantastic IMHO (2 out of 2 happy score from him, too, other one is a VP Broad turned into cursive italic)

For future reference, I might just go for gold versus HT trim since the trim did not hold up too well.

I am sold on OMAS (2 out of 2 Happy score, other one is OMAS Society).

Enjoy yours.

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Posted 13 January 2006 - 00:10

Good review, but the statement that the new Paragon is a regression is pure garbage. I have the new Paragon full size with the silver section and it's perfectly fine - not slippery at all unless you have very oily fingers. The nib is even better than the old Paragon ( an improvement on near perfection) and the piston is brass instead of plastic (like Pelikan). A dream pen, possibly the best fountain pen in the world today.

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Posted 13 January 2006 - 01:50

Congrats and thanks for the review.
Are you sure the nib is a screw in/out type?
I didn't think it was, but I could be wrong.
You might consider double checking before trying to unscrew the nib.
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Posted 13 January 2006 - 02:12

NS, I think it's great that you are so happy with your Omas and thanks for the review. Omas users are an enthusiastic and loyal bunch it seems.

But I agree with Marklavar that the styling for the new Paragon is absolutely stunning, and in my opinion, way more refined in terms of appearance. It's a matter of taste and that's why I'm grateful there are as many FP makers & styles as there are!

I've been saving up for the new Paragon ever since I saw the very first photo --black with gold trim. Okay, I might actually have to WAIT for this purchase but I think this one's worth it! And the quality of the nibs is practically the stuff of legends, so I'm looking forward to the writing experience.

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Posted 13 January 2006 - 03:59

Great review of a very beautiful pen. I agree - would be better if it had the two-tone nib. Enjoy!
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Posted 13 January 2006 - 05:23

Good review, but the statement that the new Paragon is a regression is pure garbage. I have the new Paragon full size with the silver section and it's perfectly fine - not slippery at all unless you have very oily fingers. The nib is even better than the old Paragon ( an improvement on near perfection) and the piston is brass instead of plastic (like Pelikan). A dream pen, possibly the best fountain pen in the world today.

Pure garbage in your opinion!! :lol: I do not like solid metal sections, they are uncomfirtable and my fingers slip. I think they steered too far away from the classic Paragon and gave it too much of a modern look to a classic pen, what a shame. If they keep the new paragon and the old one, fine. If they decided to take the classic Paragon off the market, I would say very bad decision. As for the Brass Vs Plastic, with that much more metal in your pen, you will need a weight belt to lift it!!! I normally do not like a lot of metal on my pens, too heavy and much more difficult to handle. So as far as the new Paragons go, you can have them!!!
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Posted 13 January 2006 - 05:24

Congrats and thanks for the review.
Are you sure the nib is a screw in/out type?
I didn't think it was, but I could be wrong.
You might consider double checking before trying to unscrew the nib.
Cheers,
J

Yes, the nib does screw out because I tried it the other day!!!
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Posted 13 January 2006 - 09:23

Great review, might even temp me away from my "51"s

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Posted 13 January 2006 - 14:35

Yes, the nib does screw out because I tried it the other day!!!

How did you screw it out? With the front part of the section (as I managed) or the nib itself (which I misaligned when I thought it would unscrew like a Pelikan nib)?

Anyway, my EF nib is superb and reliable :) :) :)

Concerning the new Paragons: there is the new Milord, which is about the same size as the old Paragon, but has no metall section. Pitty, it is only a c/c.

Edited by saintsimon, 13 January 2006 - 14:40.


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Posted 13 January 2006 - 15:28

Seriously though, the nib unit on the Paragon does screw out (on this pen) I really dont know if the D-Day pen or the 360 screw out but I do know that this paragon nib does screw out as a unit like a peilkan does. It was really by accident when I was smoothing out the nib. All that I heard about OMAS pens is that they were a friction fit nib/feed.

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Posted 13 January 2006 - 16:27

Seriously though, the nib unit on the Paragon does screw out (on this pen) I really dont know if the D-Day pen or the 360 screw out but I do know that this paragon nib does screw out as a unit like a peilkan does. It was really by accident when I was smoothing out the nib. All that I heard about OMAS pens is that they were a friction fit nib/feed.

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Even more seriously ;) , my 1995 Paragon Grey Celluloid 'The Cinema' has a friction fit feed and (separate) nib. I just found out, while messing around. So, there must have been internal design changes in the last ten years. It is quite scary to hold suddenly such a fragile loose nib on a feed in your hands! Do I press too hard, or not, when pushing it back :blink: :unsure: :ph34r:

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Posted 13 January 2006 - 16:53

Holy smokes my friend!!! Well, I would use your thumb and forefinger to apply firm and even pressure and gently use a minor rotation to put it in. If I am wrong, some one please correct me!!! That is the method that I use if I need to replace a friction nib/feed back into the section.
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Posted 13 January 2006 - 18:26

Holy smokes my friend!!!  Well, I would use your thumb and forefinger to apply firm and even pressure and gently use a minor rotation to put it in.  If I am wrong, some one please correct me!!!  That is the method that I use if I need to replace a friction nib/feed back into the section.

Of course, that's what I did immediately. What worried me was how the soft gold, the tines and the ebonite cope with the applied force, and how I make sure the loose nib sits properly aligned on the feed when pressed in and rotated. Also the section iself tends to get loose in it's threads (inner side of the main cap threads), when turning the nib unit. :bonk:

But for now, the pen works again, while still somewhat dry ... maybe the tines were squeezed together somewhat, when I messed around a month ago. :unsure:
But it still is reliable and does not skip when writing fast :bunny1:

Edited by saintsimon, 13 January 2006 - 18:27.


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Posted 13 January 2006 - 21:49

Holy smokes my friend!!!  Well, I would use your thumb and forefinger to apply firm and even pressure and gently use a minor rotation to put it in.  If I am wrong, some one please correct me!!!  That is the method that I use if I need to replace a friction nib/feed back into the section.

Of course, that's what I did immediately. What worried me was how the soft gold, the tines and the ebonite cope with the applied force, and how I make sure the loose nib sits properly aligned on the feed when pressed in and rotated. Also the section iself tends to get loose in it's threads (inner side of the main cap threads), when turning the nib unit. :bonk:

But for now, the pen works again, while still somewhat dry ... maybe the tines were squeezed together somewhat, when I messed around a month ago. :unsure:
But it still is reliable and does not skip when writing fast :bunny1:

You should be good to go. If you are worried and are running into problems then I would consider sending it to a nib meister!!

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Posted 14 January 2006 - 03:29

Seriously though, the nib unit on the Paragon does screw out (on this pen)

... but I do know that this paragon nib does screw out as a unit like a peilkan does.

I handled a Milord (one step down) once and it was screwed out counter-clock-wise. Ditto for my OMAS Society.

Have not tried on my new Paragon yet.
BTW, Pat at Mottishaw did mention to me that the Paragon nibs do not screw out like a Pelikan. Will test if it screw out later on my Paragon.

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Posted 14 January 2006 - 03:40

I handled a Milord (one step down) once and it was screwed out counter-clock-wise. Ditto for my OMAS Society.

Have not tried on my new Paragon yet.
BTW, Pat at Mottishaw did mention to me that the Paragon nibs do not screw out like a Pelikan. Will test if it screw out later on my Paragon.

Omas makes it really confusing for us. The Omas Society pen is fairly new, my celluloid Paragon is 11 years old. Is the old Milord also a c/c, like the new one?

I'm sure all have also a screw-out section, mine has one and I've seen other Paragons with that. It starts right in front of the main cap thread and is difficult to loosen due to sealant stuff in the inner threads. It is also the front end of the piston ink tank, so you can easily clean the inside of the tank, and rinse the section separately.

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Posted 14 January 2006 - 04:42


I handled a Milord (one step down) once and it was screwed out counter-clock-wise. Ditto for my OMAS Society.

Have not tried on my new Paragon yet.
BTW, Pat at Mottishaw did mention to me that the Paragon nibs do not screw out like a Pelikan.  Will test if it screw out later on my Paragon.

Omas makes it really confusing for us. The Omas Society pen is fairly new, my celluloid Paragon is 11 years old. Is the old Milord also a c/c, like the new one?

I'm sure all have also a screw-out section, mine has one and I've seen other Paragons with that. It starts right in front of the main cap thread and is difficult to loosen due to sealant stuff in the inner threads. It is also the front end of the piston ink tank, so you can easily clean the inside of the tank, and rinse the section separately.

The Milords preceding the latest versions are piston fillers.
I was under the impression that these nibs were sealed into place by some kind of tar sealant that Omas uses, so that's why I questioned whether or not one could screw them out DYIY like Pelikan souveran nibs.
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Posted 14 January 2006 - 08:45

In case there are non believers :lol: I did a few quick snap shots on my camcorder. Images suck but it got the job done!! BTW, the images do not show the threads. They ARE threaded and they screw into the section like a Pelikan, bexley, stipula ect.... nibs do!!

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