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    Lovely pens and they seems to be best writers !!! I never hahave a single Italian pen except a safety pen that has no name !!!!!

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    That's a great choice for your only Italian pen.

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    EoC, did it come with a receipt? I've always wanted to get an old pen with original proof of purchase (I did get my grey Soennecken 111 with a beautifully designed warranty/receipt for a 222 from the early '60s from a shop in the Hague).

    Here's a new thing I've discovered: Italian pens are enhanced in daily use with an Italian-made case. The workmanship of this Il Bussetto is delightful--all these little details--and the leather feels amazing.

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    I have a twin to that little brown Omas. What's interesting for that period is the way the piston filler mounts to the barrel - and your photo shows the two pieces well.

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    That's a fantastic pair from most prominent Italian brands. That Novum is quite uncommon

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    That's a fantastic pair from most prominent Italian brands. That Novum is quite uncommon
    But more common than Optimas from the same era in my experience. I've had twice as many pre-war Novums pass through my hands than pre-war Optimas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by markiv View Post
    That's a fantastic pair from most prominent Italian brands. That Novum is quite uncommon
    But more common than Optimas from the same era in my experience. I've had twice as many pre-war Novums pass through my hands than pre-war Optimas.
    Yeah I have found it harder to find optimas….I wonder if they were produced in smaller numbers, are less likely to have survived over the years, or are more coveted and hung on to…
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    I was referring to the celluloid when I wrote "that Novum..."

    Agreed about Optima >> Novum on scarcity scale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fountainpenkid View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
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    That's a fantastic pair from most prominent Italian brands. That Novum is quite uncommon
    But more common than Optimas from the same era in my experience. I've had twice as many pre-war Novums pass through my hands than pre-war Optimas.
    Yeah I have found it harder to find optimas….I wonder if they were produced in smaller numbers, are less likely to have survived over the years, or are more coveted and hung on to…
    The Optima, a plunger-filler, was their flagship pen and probably cost enough more to limit sales in comparison to the lever & sac Novum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markiv View Post
    That's a fantastic pair from most prominent Italian brands. That Novum is quite uncommon
    But more common than Optimas from the same era in my experience. I've had twice as many pre-war Novums pass through my hands than pre-war Optimas.
    Yeah I have found it harder to find optimas….I wonder if they were produced in smaller numbers, are less likely to have survived over the years, or are more coveted and hung on to…
    The Optima, a plunger-filler, was their flagship pen and probably cost enough more to limit sales in comparison to the lever & sac Novum.
    Although having toyed with the novum's cam-operated lever while it was being restored, it is a pretty sophisticated little part, as is the choice to line the barrel with aluminum. According to the one bit of advertising I've translated, the aluminum was a durability selling point. (Which seems funny and maybe misguided, considering how durable properly-made celluloid is!)
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