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I found the pen shop that sells the Omas fountain pen with a discount of at least 40%.

 

The model I looking for is $350(sale price) so I've got a problem to decide to buy this Omas or to buy another pen, Pelikan m605.

 

If you were, what will you do?

 

+)I just remembered the Omas fountain pen model - it is Omas Milord Cruise White.

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What’s the model? Can you try it in your hand and dip test the nib?

 

I would probably go for the Omas, if it’s a genuine discount. Their nibs are more interesting to me - and you can always come back for a Pelikan later.

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Whats the model? Can you try it in your hand and dip test the nib?

 

I would probably go for the Omas, if its a genuine discount. Their nibs are more interesting to me - and you can always come back for a Pelikan later.

I forgot the model name and couldn't dip and test but only grip it one time. (The seller told me only looking for the fountain pen with an eye) The Omas nib is EF. The grip is not bad but a little bit smaller than my TWSBI 580AL.

 

Thx for your quote🙂

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I have an Extra ringtop, which for some reason everybody on eBay ignored so I bought for a reasonable price. It's got a nice semiflex Fine nib.

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Price doesn't sound like a bargain. I think that's probably the going rate for the model.....despite some of the craziness you might see on ebay these days.

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It really depends on the model (which you aren't able to tell us). It could be a plain Bologna model, in which case that price is high, or you could be talking about a vintage arco paragon which is more in the "shut up and take my money" range of things. If there is anything else you could tell us about the pen, even something as simple as the color, we might be able to better help you.

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The Omas Milord Cruise White was one of the latest models with the new Milord size (similar size to the old Paragon)

 

here you can find a review of the cruise caramel

https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/240319-review-omas-milord-m-cruise-caramel-ce/

unfortunately the photos are missing (always upload your photos on FPN...)

 

I think the selling price was in the region of $500 new.

Do note the cruise is a CC pen, not a piston filler.

 

What is the condition? Mint?

At $ 350 it's probably a good price, if the pen is new, fully working, and nib is perfect.

Testing it would be best, being a left over stock.

 

Pelikan M605 is a good alternative though.

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i'd go for Omas, hands down. i own and use both Omas and Pelikan fps. in my experience, $350 for an Omas is a good price. and Omas nibs are very reliable. they are always wet and smooth. Pelikan, however, not consistent in quality. at least with the few i own.

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i'd go for Omas, hands down. i own and use both Omas and Pelikan fps. in my experience, $350 for an Omas is a good price. and Omas nibs are very reliable. they are always wet and smooth. Pelikan, however, not consistent in quality. at least with the few i own.

 

I'd beg to differ having owned (and still retaining) quite a few Omas. My experience is of course only mine. Omas pistons always feel weak and they always fill me with a sense of nervousness, especially when it comes to cleaning a pen. The small end piston nob shearing off is not common, but neither is it very rare. Some of the celluloid models are prone to celluloid rot and discolouration and in latter years Omas was sloppy about alignment. Not all nibs are perfect - some are. I've had two very dry nibs that I attempted to increase the flow on myself but eventually had to send to a specialist to make them write well. Moving nibs (probably due to a poor fit and badly made tolerances) can sometimes be found on the Ogiva models, but can be common enough an issue on the Cocktail models.

 

In spite of their issues I have a great fondness for Omas because when they do write they are very beautiful. However, the prices being asked on the likes of ebay are to my mind are far more to do with a craze than they are to do with worth. These are not necessarily easily repaired if you encounter a problem because the company of course is now gone. There is no question that they are amazing pens, but like the best Italian opera, after delighting you it can also make you cry.

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To answer your headline: Yes, I do use OMAS pens and I absolutely love them. But as others mentioned above, there is absolutely no guarantee to get a flawless pen. Particularly towards the end of the company's life they made compromises apparently. It seems like the pen in question is one of the latest productions but I don't know it in person.

 

In my eyes, OMAS pens are kind of exotic gems. Many of them are outstanding but there are also lemons. It's certainly not everyday's street fare. I think I was lucky and I don't want to miss any single one of them - and I have quite many.

 

I also own and love many Pelikan pens (mostly vintage, though) and appreciate them for their reliability and good nibs. But I always feel like an OMAS pen is a great luxury while a Pelikan is just a great pen.

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Agree with Omassimo. I collected Omas for a while in the 00s - some lemons, some excellent. Some are works of art (the AM87 is). The nibs tend to be smooth but for awhile were made by Bock, so not entirely exotic. After some catastrophic failures, I moved on to Aurora.

 

What is the return policy in case of defect for the Omas? I just looked it up and it looks way more interesting than the Pelikan - but the Pelikan may be more reliable.

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I'd beg to differ having owned (and still retaining) quite a few Omas. My experience is of course only mine. Omas pistons always feel weak and they always fill me with a sense of nervousness, especially when it comes to cleaning a pen. The small end piston nob shearing off is not common, but neither is it very rare. Some of the celluloid models are prone to celluloid rot and discolouration and in latter years Omas was sloppy about alignment. Not all nibs are perfect - some are. I've had two very dry nibs that I attempted to increase the flow on myself but eventually had to send to a specialist to make them write well. Moving nibs (probably due to a poor fit and badly made tolerances) can sometimes be found on the Ogiva models, but can be common enough an issue on the Cocktail models.

 

In spite of their issues I have a great fondness for Omas because when they do write they are very beautiful. However, the prices being asked on the likes of ebay are to my mind are far more to do with a craze than they are to do with worth. These are not necessarily easily repaired if you encounter a problem because the company of course is now gone. There is no question that they are amazing pens, but like the best Italian opera, after delighting you it can also make you cry.

 

yes, i agree. with the company now closed, it could be troublesome if you experience a issue with an Omas pen. one need to find a reputable person to fix the problem. i'm guessing it is not so difficult for those living in the continent of North America or Europe, but it is a real problem for those like me who live in the continent of Asia, especially when it comes to fixing a non-Japanese brand pens.

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I have four OMAS pens a 360 FP and RB, a Paragon Milord and a Tokyo. The best of the bunch is the Milord which is a Traveler model (cartridge fill only). It has a broad nib and is very reliable. Love the feel of the 360, but the piston is terribly problematic, even after a trip to Italy for repairs.

 

Havent used the Tokyo in decades.

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I just found a store carrying a bunch of NOS Omas pens here in Seoul. Discounted to 50% off the original MSRP.

 

I got a spectacular deal on a orange and purple bologna - a pen I've been after for a while and regretted not buying before the company went under.

 

I went in to buy an Opus 88. Was super shocked to see the Omas's. They also had a bunch of sailor specialty nibs in stock... naginata emperor, cross Concord, etc.

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I have a model Phaethon (often overseen special model made for VW with 650 made, hence never been is penshops) made from celluloid, and an model MoMa in silver trim made of their own resin formula. Both perform flawlessly, and have very nice , wet and smooth nibs. So no complains from my side. As OMAS is gone as company i suggest you take the OMAS if it suites you, as you can still come back to Pelikan later.

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On 1/22/2020 at 7:37 PM, seoulseeker said:

I just found a store carrying a bunch of NOS Omas pens here in Seoul. Discounted to 50% off the original MSRP.

 

I got a spectacular deal on a orange and purple bologna - a pen I've been after for a while and regretted not buying before the company went under.

 

I went in to buy an Opus 88. Was super shocked to see the Omas's. They also had a bunch of sailor specialty nibs in stock... naginata emperor, cross Concord, etc.

What is the name of the store?

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17 hours ago, Thefinenib said:

What is the name of the store?

 

Asking for a friend.

It's hard work to tell which is Old Harry when everybody's got boots on.

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