This is my first review so please go easy on me. I did not see a review of this particular pen and thought it would be valuable to share since I found the pen so intriguing. Originally produced in 1992 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' discovery of the new world, the Colombo II pen is named to honor the magnificent sailing ship designed by the architectural firm Vallicelli in 1992.
Initial Impression: 10/10
The first think you notice is the unique box for this pen. It is made of a blue fiberglass material, the same material used on the Colombo II sailing ship. The box is made to scale to resemble the stern of the Colombo II ship. The inner lining is made of a suede material, supposedly the same material used in Ferrari's .
When the box is opened it unveils, IMHO, a work of art. The Colombo II is not made of celluloid, it is briarwood. It has the traditional OMAS 12 faceted shape. The briarwood is entirely worked by hand and although I have heard rumors that OMAS was not well know for their wood pieces, they could have fooled me on this design, it is excellent. After reading the material that came with the pen OMAS suggests the wood is worked to give it maximum strength without compromise to the weight. The cap is a screw on and is highlighted by the Greek key, symbol of OMAS. It is decorated in 18K gold trim and the trim can also be found inside the cap just above the thread line.
This is the lightest pen I have in my collection. If you don't post your pens you could write with this pen for hours. I typically don't post my pens but I tried it to see what the impact would be, and although there is a noticeable impact it is nothing compared to posting your 149. I took some photos to compare the size of the Colombo II to the 149 and I wish I could tell you the weight but I think the 149 weighs 3 times as much.
Diameter of the barrel (Largest part)- Just under 2"
Diameter of cap-2-1/2"
Filling System: 9.5/10
The filling system is a Piston filler that operates very smoothly and holds a lot of ink. It would have been nice to have an ink window but for all the other benefits of this pen I can live without it.
I could not find too much on the Internet regarding this pen but I did notice that some of these pens came with a flexible 14K nib. Mine came with an 18K F point and writes like you would not believe. The ink flow is very wet and there is just enough flex. The nib is as smooth as can be. When I am writing with this pen it puts a smile on my face. The 1994 is the year this pen was manufactured.
First of all I had one heck of a time finding this pen. I found a few sites that were advertising it but they were asking ridiculous numbers, over $1000. I found it on ebay and there were only a few people bidding on it, so I jumped on the opportunity and ended up paying about $550 which included shipping. I know that is not a inexpensive pen and there are a lot of other pens out there for that price range but there is something special about this pen so I had to have it and I thought $550 was an fair price especially since the pen was brand new and never inked and it came with box and papers. That being said I still can't give the price/value more than a 8.
Even though this pen was a little more than I was expecting to pay, I am glad I have it! This pen has become a joy to write with. It will be cherished for many years to come. If you ever get the opportunity to experience this pen please try it, I think you will be equally impressed.
Edited by Joehek, 11 February 2009 - 06:23.