My favorite Omas is a vintage one, a 556/S. It’s the slinkier, Continental version of the Parker 51. What I love about it is the nib – a classic flexible Omas nib with tremendous softness.

I found an Extra Flessibile nib on an Omas Saffron being sold on the Green Board. It’s nothing like my vintage Omas nib, but it has its own charms. The pen it comes in ain’t bad either.

Omas Saffron

Omas Saffron

This is an 80th anniversary Arte Italiana old-style Omas Paragon in Saffron celluloid.

How do I know? It says so.

How do I know? It says so.

I didn’t know it was 80/80 until Karlo pointed it out to me.

80/80

80/80

The edition number is engraved on the section, hidden under the cap.

The cap and roller clip

The cap and roller clip

Omas calls this trim HT, or high-tech. It’s in white metal compared to the more traditional golden. The trim matches the nib.

Extra Flessibile 14k nib

Extra Flessibile 14k nib

The ink flow is more than generous for what the nib requires.

Writing sample

Writing sample

The generous flow, combined with a nib width somewhere between a Western fine and medium, results in expressive, although not very shaded lines.

Flex in action

Flex in action

Given a finer tip, say an EF, this would show good line variation. The nib width and the high rate of ink flow don’t show the flexibility of the nib to its best advantage.

Writing sample, again

Writing sample, again

They’re not always reliable out of the box, but Omas nibs are always lookers.

A sampling of Omas nibs

A sampling of Omas nibs

  • http://twitter.com/inkophile Margana

    It may not be perfect but it is pretty though not on a par with your writing. :)

  • http://twitter.com/writetomeoften Zeynep F.

    Lovely handwriting and a great pen!

  • http://david.dlma.com/ dblume

    Whoops, I clicked on a blurry section of a macro shot thinking it was a Lytro shot. What have you done to my brain‽

  • http://www.gourmetpens.com/ Azizah Asgarali

    Delicious pictures, and you sure make it look amazing with that gorgeous writing!

  • Carole

    Quanto e bella! Please, what is the ink? Eclat de Saphir?

  • Dr. Ross Poore

    Your writing is gorgeous. Love the look of the lettering.

  • Henry

    I’m staggered by your handwriting Leigh. You could write out computer code and I’d admire every character. Like Carole I would love to know the name of that skykissed ink. Simply, wow!