Omas Extra

1980s

About This Model

Trying to briefly describe Omas is as challenging as describing Montblanc or Parker: there is too much history, too much production, too many years, too many models and sub-brands to discuss briefly. In addition, Omas bought parts from and sold parts to other companies, as is the tradition in Italy but not elsewhere. For this account, Omas was founded around 1920 by Armando Simoni in Bologna, and the name first appeared in 1925. Early Omas pens were made first in ebonite, in the Waterman style. then significantly that of Parker Duofolds, which formed the design for the Omas Extra. The Extra appeared in many forms, both cylindrical and faceted, until 1946, when it was changed to a piston-filler with a transparent barrel window. The Lucens and Extra Lucens line appeared in 1936; the Lucens was cylindrical and the Extra was faceted. Post WWII pens were tapered, and were piston fill pens called the 361. These were the major production through the 1950s. Omas maintained numerous sub-brands, including Minerva, Accossano, Erccolessi, Fips, Mengoni, Simplex, Kosca, The Scotland, and even Parker, with some unspecified relationship to the American company.

About This Pen

The 1980s and 1990s were difficult, transitional years for the fountain pen industry worldwide.  Omas, the renowned Italian manufacturer, made some of its most beautiful celluloid pens during those years, and also made lower level pens, of plastic. The Omas Extra is an example of the lower cost production. This Omas Extra, from my personal collection, is a very nice, shiny pen, made of plastic with gold trim, including the classic Omas cap ring. It does not exhibit much sign of use. The “Omas Extra” barrel imprint is complete. The piston works very well.  The nib is gold plate, and is marked “Omas”; it writes a soft wet medium line with a hint of flex. This pen does have a flaw, one that afflicted many pens of this era: its cap has some shrinkage that is visible if you look carefully and has created a tight fit on the section; it should be screwed on with care to not overtighten. That said, this is a true Omas, and a great writer. With Omas prices continuing to steadily rise, this is your chance to own an Omas!

Price: $61.2 Sold

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