Let’s compare two OMAS Grand Paragon fountain pens: the Arco Bronze and Wild celluloids.
This beautiful pen was sent to me by La Couronne du Comte. Don’t forget that BROWN10 gives you a 10% discount code there. Celluloid, large pen, #6 nib, 190 euros – what is there not to love about this pen?
Length (capped): 146.9 mm/5.78″
Length (uncapped): 133.2 mm/5.24″
Length (posted): 176.0/6.93”
Diameter (section): 11.9 – 12.6 mm/0.49″ – 0.54″
Diameter (barrel): 12.4 – 13.7 mm/0.49″ – 0.54″
Weight (all): 22 g
Weight (cap): 14 g
Weight (body): 8 g
Let’s have a closer look at one of my personal fountain pens with a lovely titanium nib.
Length (capped): 150.5 mm/5.92″
Length (uncapped): 130.5 mm/5.14″
Length (posted): N/A
Diameter (section): 10.6 – 13.8 mm/0.41″ – 0.54″
Diameter (barrel): 13.2 – 15.5 mm/0.52″ – 0.61″
Weight (all): 42 g
Weight (cap): 26 g
Weight (body): 16 g
This pen was kindly sent to me by Salvatore of Leonardo Officina Italiana – grazie mille!
Length (capped): 142.1 mm/5.58″
Length (uncapped): 129.3 mm/5.09″
Length (posted): 168.1 mm/6.61”
Diameter (section): 10.5 – 12.3 mm/0.41″ – 0.48″
Diameter (barrel): 12.4 – 14.6 mm/0.48″ – 0.57″
Weight (all): 24 g
Weight (cap): 7 g
Weight (body): 17 g
In this video I discuss my opinion on fountain pens as an investment and the recent spike of interest in Arco celluloids.
This pen was kindly lent to me by Emmanuel of Armando Simoni Club Pens. What I forgot to mention in the video is that the ruthenium coating on the nib appears to be less sensitive to developing “nib crud”, as less ink seems to stick to the laser engraving in the nib.
Length (capped): 160.5 mm/6.32″
Length (uncapped): 147.9 mm/5.82″
Length (posted): N/A
Diameter (section): 11.8 – 12.9 mm/0.46″ – 0.51″
Diameter (barrel): 14.2 – 15.7 mm/0.56″ – 0.62″
Weight (all): 60 g
Weight (cap): 12 g
Weight (body): 48 g
I sold my OMAS 360 Magnum and then Azizah gave me another one because I missed it so much. I absolutely love the triangular profile of this pen, and it has a very smooth nib. I have not done a full review of this particular pen, but I have reviewed an identical model with a fine nib a long time ago.
The Visconti Speakeasy is both hideous and magnificent at the same time and I love it. Yes, it has a booze indicator and a hidden compartment for alcohol, but it’s also a beautiful oversize pen made from stunning celluloid. With its stubbed double broad nib, it’s an absolutely pleasure to use. I have done a full review of this pen too.
The Visconti Opera Elements Fire has been in my collection for a very long time. I absolutely adore the finish of this pen: it’s a wonderful pen that just looks beautiful. The smooth and springy 14 karat gold nib is particularly special. This pen is quite a bit smaller than its big brother, the Opera Master, but it is also lighter and more portable.