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I recently acquired a smoky black OMAS 360 Vintage edition, that has a wonderfully springy broad nib. Was rather unexpected, but lovely to use. Any idea as to which OMAS pens have this kind of nib? Are all the 360 nibs of this type, or only the 360 Vintage editions? Any other, standard pen types have this nib?

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My 360 is the same as yours and same nib and also springy. My 2013 Paragon with B nib is also springy and slightly smoother

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My Omas Brown Paragon Argo has a flexible (flessible) nib.

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I recently acquired a smoky black OMAS 360 Vintage edition, that has a wonderfully springy broad nib. Was rather unexpected, but lovely to use. Any idea as to which OMAS pens have this kind of nib? Are all the 360 nibs of this type, or only the 360 Vintage editions? Any other, standard pen types have this nib?

 

I don't know about the current production 360's.

 

The 360 Magnum has a stiff nib. All the full size and Vintage LE I've handled have springy nib; however, I suspect that 360's produced before (approximately) 2000 will have stiff nibs like the Magnum. That's when OMAS ceased in house nib production and started outsourcing their nibs from Bock, and from what I've read the late OMAS made nibs are stiff, while the Bock made nibs are soft and springy (more like vintage OMAS nibs).

 

It makes sense that the Paragon Vintage LE's also have springy nibs - so far as I can tell they're using the same nibs and feeds as the 360 Vintage LE's. Furthermore, it wouldn't surprise me if the pre-2005 Paragons (on which the VLE's are based) have the same springy nibs too; however, I have no evidence to offer on way or the other about these pens.

 

I don't know about the current production 360, the 360 Mezzo, nor the non-VLE current production Paragons and Milords.

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In my very meagre collection (I do have a 360 turquoise which I bought in haste and have not used), the best *potential* nib is omas arte deco CE titanium nib. It is smooth and springy (almost semi flex) and looks great with the pen (almost like ruthenium plating).

 

It need a bit of adjustment as it has slight babies bottom.

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1980s - early 1990s? 14K inhouse nibs: springy. I'd actually consider them semi-flex/flex since they come super close to vintage Omas flex and semi-flex nibs.

 

1990s - roughly 2000 18K inhouse nibs: stiff. But if for thin widths I actually prefer thse to later Bock nibs; see next.

 

2000+ 18K Bock nibs: springy. But the widths of Bock nibs are wider than inhouse ones, e.g. a Bock EF is closer to an Omas F (rather than an Omas EF). Also, Bock really lays on the tipping material, much more than the inhouse nibs.

 

2000s 14K Extra Flessibile Bock-made nibs: springier. But "mushy" soft, not at all like inhouse modern 14K and vintage.

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1980s - early 1990s? 14K inhouse nibs: springy. I'd actually consider them semi-flex/flex since they come super close to vintage Omas flex and semi-flex nibs.

 

1990s - roughly 2000 18K inhouse nibs: stiff. But if for thin widths I actually prefer thse to later Bock nibs; see next.

 

2000+ 18K Bock nibs: springy. But the widths of Bock nibs are wider than inhouse ones, e.g. a Bock EF is closer to an Omas F (rather than an Omas EF). Also, Bock really lays on the tipping material, much more than the inhouse nibs.

 

2000s 14K Extra Flessibile Bock-made nibs: springier. But "mushy" soft, not at all like inhouse modern 14K and vintage.

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