Having had this pen inked up and working now for a week, I can now say that I am completely delighted with it. It has what I would call an old-fashioned Omas nib which is exquisitely expressive with perfect flow. Its long tines are flexible, not 1920s Waterman flexible, but flexible nevertheless. And no matter how quickly I apply pressure to thicken the line, the feed provides enough ink to avoid "railroad tracks". It releases well from a full press without leaving a blob. Considering that I am a leftie and often get a nibmeister to "re-form" a pen nib for me, Omas has accomplished a major feat by satisfying me right out of the box. The celluloid has grown on me. When I bought it, I was pleased by its novelty; now I am pleased as well by its complexity. The quality of workmanship is evident in the three cap rings. They are perfectly set to conform with the faceting, a signature design feature of Omas.
The Shop: Stilo Fetti
As well, I want to tip my hat to the shop in Rome where I bought the pen, Stilo Fetti, just steps away from the Pantheon at Via degli Orfani, 82. Its proprietor, Marco, was extremely patient as I examined quite a few pens in his very large stock. When I wanted some time alone with my wife to decide on what to buy, I told him, “I’ll be back”. Instead of simply saying goodbye, he recommended a café where we had what turned out to be the best cup of coffee in Rome (quite a claim!). And when I returned to buy the pen, he recommended a very fine local restaurant for lunch devoid of tourists which could never be found since it was down several alleys without street signs and had a door that was entirely unmarked.
Finally, the actual glass a brick of the shop was a treat to anyone who loves old shops. It was filled with wood cases set in warmly polished wood-framed rooms with thick carpets and soft lights. Though I speak no Italian, Marco and his staff easily understood what I was looking for and were very helpful and considerate. There is no question that when I return to Rome, I will return to Stilo Fetti.
Here's their contact info:
Stilo Fetti, Via degli Orfani, 82, Roma. Tel. 06.678.96.62.