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    Default Vintage Omas sources

    Hi - I have been trying to find good resources about vintage Omas pens (1930s onward). Can anyone recommend any good sites for information and, in particular, anyone on the web that restores and sells these pens?

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    Default Re: Vintage Omas sources

    For Sales, try Letizia Iacopini at www.tenpen.it She is very well known and respected in the fountain pen community and attends the US shows pre-pandemic. You can also try Sarj Minhas but I don't have his email address. I don't think Sarj has a website, but he is known affectionately as the 1-man pen show due to his HUGE collection of pens he brings to the shows.

    For repair and restoration there is Ron Zorn at www.mainstreetpens. He does have a very long queue time for repairs though, and parts are very hard to find. John Mottishaw also does repairs of Omas IF you purchased the pen from him in the past, otherwise he is no longer accepting repairs. Both repair people are located in the US.
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    I did a similar search and outreach a couple years ago with no success. The famous pen fixers all responded with sympathy and courtesy in saying no...because parts are not available.
    I eventually had to go fishing on EBAY for parts and become my own repairer. Success has been mixed. Very expensive parts from Italy do show up occasionally. The #1 problem I've met is cracked nib collars. I don't think longevity was a concern during manufacture. These collars are very thin and they are not really compatible with time and ink.
    On a 360 I have had to machine a mock-up section to get a proper fit experimentally, since I haven't been able to find a nominal feed/nib diameter. ( for a while I fantasized that they were in .5mm increments from pen to pen) This is an odd and expensive way to get a working Omas 360. I'm about to decide the only avenue is to build one from scratch and transplant the original beautiful 360 nib.
    In the original exploration I promised the forum an update on this quest. This was it. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pointpergame View Post
    I did a similar search and outreach a couple years ago with no success. The famous pen fixers all responded with sympathy and courtesy in saying no...because parts are not available.
    I eventually had to go fishing on EBAY for parts and become my own repairer. Success has been mixed. Very expensive parts from Italy do show up occasionally. The #1 problem I've met is cracked nib collars. I don't think longevity was a concern during manufacture. These collars are very thin and they are not really compatible with time and ink.
    On a 360 I have had to machine a mock-up section to get a proper fit experimentally, since I haven't been able to find a nominal feed/nib diameter. ( for a while I fantasized that they were in .5mm increments from pen to pen) This is an odd and expensive way to get a working Omas 360. I'm about to decide the only avenue is to build one from scratch and transplant the original beautiful 360 nib.
    In the original exploration I promised the forum an update on this quest. This was it. Good luck.
    Is 3D printing the broken collar a viable option here?
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    Default Re: Vintage Omas sources

    I got extra collars from Tom Westerich. Mine aren't broken yet, but in case ...

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    Default Re: Vintage Omas sources

    Vintage OMAS come up for sale from time to time in the usual places. If you’re interested in a 1950s 556/s, give me a pm.

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    I recommend Tom Westerich from penboard.de

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    Default Re: Vintage Omas sources

    Quote Originally Posted by Nexus View Post
    For Sales, try Letizia Iacopini at www.tenpen.it She is very well known and respected in the fountain pen community and attends the US shows pre-pandemic. You can also try Sarj Minhas but I don't have his email address. I don't think Sarj has a website, but he is known affectionately as the 1-man pen show due to his HUGE collection of pens he brings to the shows.

    For repair and restoration there is Ron Zorn at www.mainstreetpens. He does have a very long queue time for repairs though, and parts are very hard to find. John Mottishaw also does repairs of Omas IF you purchased the pen from him in the past, otherwise he is no longer accepting repairs. Both repair people are located in the US.
    +1 with Letizia, just wonderful to deal with.


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