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Omas V.S.Piston Filling Fountain Pen in Black Acrylic With Gold Filled Trim. Italy c.1963

Omas V.S.Piston Filling Fountain Pen in Black Acrylic With Gold Filled Trim. Italy c.1963
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Omas VS Piston Filled Fountain Pen in Black Acrylic with Gold Filled Trim - Two Sided Nib, Firm and Soft - Made in Italy c.1963

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Item Ref: HD:OMAS.VS/8445

 Omas Ogiva Vintage Fountain pen
Pen Description
In 1948, what is perhaps the most significant invention in the Italian fountain pen production was created, the OMAS 361 model. Born as a response to the success of the Parker 51 range, the originality of the pen is in the central position of the nib, mounted on the axis of the pen around which is placed an hood open by one side. Depending on which side the pen is used, when the nib is almost completely covered it will provide a rigid writing, and when it is left uncovered, it will allow for a flexible writing. It was a very functional grading system, so much so that Parker tried several times to acquire the patent (no US-2565667) from OMAS.
The Omas VS superseded the Omas 361, introduced c.1963. The Omas VS is made from acrylic resin as opposed to the 361, which was made from celluloid, cracking at the nib section forced Omas to move to acrylic resin on the VS. The pen has a slip on cap, with wide cap lip band. The body and cap are round in section, both the cap and barrel tapper off to a hexagonal section. A broad tapering cap clip blends superbly with the cap's hexagonal taper. There are two gold filled  arrows on the section at 180 degrees to one another, defining the hard and soft characteristics of the nib. At the rear of the barrel is the piston turning knob, which operates the helical piston rod, moving an elastomer piston seal.
Centrally on the barrel, the name of the pen is very prominent 'OMAS - V S' below is the patent number "BREV - 440022 - 520233 - 63/16'
Nib and Feed

Solid 14 carat gold. Nib is stamped 'OMAS' (unseen within section). Essentially, both the firm and soft (flexible) sides of the nib are medium. Soft side of nib has excellent flex and is a very smooth writer. Ebonite (BHR) ink feeder.
Omas VS Vintage Fountain Pen
Measurements and Specifications
Closed Length: 5.20" (132 mm)
Posted Length: 5.98" (152 mm)
Barrel Length (including Nib and Section): 4.72" (120 mm)
Cap Length: 2.40" (61.0 mm)
Cap Diameter: 0.52" (13.2 mm)
Nib: 14K Gold - Medium Writing Tips - Soft and Firm.
Filling System: Integral piston
Cap Type: Push On (may be posted onto rear of barrel)
Pen Weight: 17.1 g
Serial Number: Not Applicable

Omas VS Vintage Fountain Pen
Service and Restoration

Pen has been fully serviced. Screw piston mechanism removed and seal lubricated. Nib and feed assembly removed  and correctly re-aligned in section. Pen barrel and cap delicately hand polished. Reassembled, write tested and finally flushed with clean de-ionised water.

General Condition

The barrel and cap are free from scratches, with no cracks, hairlines or dents. There are no personalisation. Gold plating is excellent with no signs of age related ware. Barrel and cap have a high gloss sheen. Piston filling system slides with ease and draws up maximum ink volume. Cap to barrel press fit is firm and positive. Overall pen is ready to write and is in excellent condition. Pen comes with original Omas red velvet covered case and white outer box.

Hepworth Comment

Produced when OMAS were arguably in their prime, the Omas VS is a unique fountain pen. Offering a lovely springy soft writing tip on one side, rotate the pen 180 degrees for a firm writing experience. The transition from a round pen tapering down to it's hexagonal cap and barrel ends invoke typical design style. 


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