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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.

    Nice pen.
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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 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
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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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    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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    Fantastic

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    What gorgeous pens. For some of them I'd had to learn to speak enough Italian to buy pens.
    I only have one Italian pen (One of my first 20 pens) a piston Columbus from @ 1948-52. It has always been one of my most beautiful pens. The nib is not original but it is semi-flex.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AltecGreen View Post
    This pen is the Omas 361. It was introduced circa 1948 and was Omas' answer to the Parker 51. Omas took a different route than Aurora and their 88 pen. The key feature is a simple but effective hood that rotates allowing a firm and fully hooded nib in one position and full flex in the other. This pen in various forms was made into the 1960's. The pen comes in both the bronze arco and platinum arco. It also comes in black and burgundy resin. The body of my pen is in the classic faceted body with post-war trim of a single cap band and a non-roller clip. This pen also comes also with a round body and later ogival bodies. This pen comes in the classic platinum celluloid Omas has used since the early 1930's. Montblanc are also famous for using this material.











    fully hooded and stiff position




    Flex position




    Here's how it works
    Simply gorgeous!!!

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