I took some pics comparing the Omas Paragon with my other large size pen the Mont Blanc 149. I apologize for the low quality of these images because I was just taking them with my cell phone.
The first thing I noticed when I held this pen in my hand was the grace it has. This is actually the first pen that really struck me as graceful. The design of the pen is understated and plain, which is exactly what gives it substance. This pen feels real and true to itself in it's simple beautiful elegance and it's simply impeccable geometric design.
Weight wise, it feels slightly heavier than my 149 - and I love that. As you can see from the images, it is slightly heftier than the 149. Adding both these previous things, what surprises me that it still feels more comfortable in my hand than the 149. I believe the reason for this is the size of the barrel where you hold it. That section is slimmer than MB 149.
In terms of speed of writing, I would place it on par with Mont Blanc 146. While Omas Paragon is much bigger, it is extremely well balanced (unposted). That and the fact that the barrel tapers near the nib, makes for a much better holding experience when writing. This is a very fast pen (and very hefty!). It feels totally comfortable in my hand.
For me, while the glamorous 149 shines and speaks for itself, this pen is full of substance. About what really is there. It is an expression of your own confidence and your real self. It is all about quality.
The paragon has an unstated old world charm. Like some one else on this board (or some where else) said 'It is so ugly, I love it!'. That's a really wonderful way to put it. (Trust me it is not ugly at all )
Initially I was inclined toward the silver trim, however I decided to go with Golden. I have to say it is growing on me. I am falling more and more in love with this pen, every time I take it out. It writes smoother than all my other pens and the balance of this pen is beyond description (unposted though, I don't like writing posted).
While the MB 149 is in a league of it's own, a true classic and some thing you can show off, Omas paragon is a all about joy. It makes me feel like no other pen before. Everytime I write with it, it's golden barrel with it's own understated beauty wins me over.
Great pen. The line it leaves is very wet (also the Nib is Broad). It's 18k, with flex somewhere between the Pelikan M1000 and MB 149 nibs.
The piston filler of this pen felt very solid to me. It stays in place and the ink capacity of this pen is amazing. I think it is much more than 149 (but I might be wrong).
I don't think many people out there know this pen like the MB, but it is every bit as good as the MB 149. Of course, you couldn't praise the classic 149 enough, so I have left it to scores of other reviews on these forums.
Edited by pankajwillis, 10 September 2008 - 21:52.