Founded in 1925 in Bologna OMAS was an Italian manufacturer of luxury goods. Their fountain pens weren’t cheap but they had strong following in the community. Sadly it wasn’t enough. In january 2015 company was put in liquidation.
OMAS stands for Officina Meccanica Armando Simoni. The company was founded by Armando Simoni, who also designed the tools and equipment needed to manufacture the OMAS line of pens.
Throughout the years OMAS manufactured a variety of pens, the top line being the faceted Arte Italiana range, as well as a variety of limited edition pens. In their history, they introduced a number of interesting designs such as the “Doctor’s pen” which had a tiny built-in clinical thermometer or the double-nibbed Itala in the 1920s and the 361 model in the late 1940s whose nib could be used as a hard writer if handled in one position and as a flexible writer in another.
In 2000, the French company LVMH acquired OMAS from the heirs of Armando Simoni. In October 2007 the Xinyu Hengdeli Group of Hong Kong purchased 90% equity stake in OMAS. Xinyu had a strategic partnership with LVMH and planned to use OMAS for its expansion of luxury goods in the Asian market. The company continued to be unprofitable and in 2011 it was sold to another Chinese company, O-Luxe. O-Luxe decided to close Omas in November 2015 and the company entered voluntary liquidation in January 2016 ceasing all trading.
It turns out the answer is YES. Actually it’s one of most comfortable sections I’ve ever tried. And the pen fits in my hand very well.
Omas 360 is huge but very light. It feels well balanced when capped and when uncapped. The cap on this pen is snap-on. While I prefer screw caps, this one holds enough tension to post the pen securly. Also, given the shape of the pen, I don’t think Omas had a lot of choice. If you tend to post the cap, maybe you would do well to abandon this strange habit while using Omas 360. Posting is possible and balance will be there. On the other hand the pen will become huge, also I’m afraid that with time too much pressure could cause some unpleasant surprise like cracking celuloid. Maybe I’m just overly dramatical but why take a risk?
Triangular section is metal. I enjoy most metal sections and I believe that even those who find them too slippery would enjoy Omas 3600 section. Due to it’s shape it remains comfortable in the hand, even when the hand tends to sweat a little. The pen sits well in the hand but if you hold it in a way that causes the triangular section to dig into you fingers, this shape won’t work for you.
Burkina celuloid looks sensational. Olive and gold tones swirl together and are separated by solid and dotted streaks of black. In person and on a sunny day the effect is AMAZING.
Omas 360 is a solid, well made pen. As it’s made of celuloid, it’s rather light. Sure metal elemets add some weight to it.
I can imagine that engineering triangular pen was undoubtedly challenging. I think Omas managed to do it in a satisfying way. On the other hand this pen, like most Omas pens, won’t give you highest quality feel you get from playing with Montblanc or Conid. When the cap is posted it feels a little loose and can be moved to some extent in all directions. Also the fit of the elements isn’t really perfect. Sure, everything works fine but if you’ve ever used Lamy 2000 or Pilot CH 92 in which the fit of the elements is simply perfect, Omas 360 may feel awkward in the hand. It just doesn’t feel so well built.
There’s also the clip – it’s functional and eye catching. As it curves upwards it’s easy to slip the pen into any pocket.
Writing sample (L’Artisan Pastellier Olivastre on Fantastic Paper)
The guy who invented a process of creating and tuning nibs for Omas was genius. This nib is simply stellar. In terms of pen-to-paper performacce it offers everything I look for – great looks paired with smoothness and wetness.
I believe thar rich flow is possible because Omas used ebonite feeds instead of typical injection mold plastic feeds. Ebonite feeds aren’t mass produced like the plastic feeds because ebonite requires different technique to machine them into feeds.
The nib and feed combo gives juicy feel that I enjoy and look for in fountain pens.
Piston-filler. The piston operates smoothly and it holds enough ink for a typical day in the office. Or maybe even two.
Capped – 150 mm
Weight – 32 g
I don’t want to give back this pen. It’s stunning. The nib is perfect. Metal section sits well in the hand and is very comfortable. Burkina celuloid looks amazing. Now I wish I had a chance to try one of Omas 360 when they were still produced and easily (but expensively) available. Sure – the pen can still be bought but the price range (500 – 1000 $) is crazy high. While this pen is marvelous it’s definitely not worth this amount of money. For this price you’ll easily get few very good pens. I know this, I’ve analyzed everything. Sadly it changes nothing. I already know that I’ll keep on looking for good deals on this one. That’s how infatuation works. You just can’t help it.