Name:Vintage OMAS Extra 555F Fountain Pen & Pencil Set
Maker: OMAS, Italy
Colour: Black / Gold
Material: Faceted Celluloid with Gold Trim
Nib: 18k 750 Gold Nib: Fine Flex Nib
Filling System: Piston Filler
The Full Story
OMAS was founded in 1925 and is one of the historic Italian fountain brands. Since then, albeit with mixed success, and with several changes of ownership occurred after the death of its founder, it has remained an active force in the fountain pen market. Ownership passed to the French Luis Vuitton company in 2000, and then in October 2007 to the Chinese company Xinyu Hengdeli, in March 2016 it ceased its activities.
OMAS pens are now highly colletible, here the OMAS 555 with faceted cap and barrel are rather striking, and the OMAS Extra is a classic vintage pen, dainty in size but oozing with Italian style and craftsmanship.The 18k Gold Nib is a fine flex nib, just what one wants from a responsive flex nib.
The Nitty Gritty
There are no major imperfections to note, no splits cracks or engravings.
The cap bands are a little loose and there are micro-scratches and some light marks present on the cap and barrel to both pen and pencil
The hard case shows signs of wear, including ink stains to the satin lining.
The 18k nib offers a smooth writing experience, a springy, responsive nib putting a good amount of ink down in a fine line with plenty of flex.
Fountain Pen Measurements
Length capped: 115mm
Length uncapped: 104mm
Length Posted: 141mm
Barrel diameter: 11mm
Cap diameter: 11.5mm