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OMAS 360 Vintage Red

 

Fifteen years after the launch of the popular OMAS 360 line, the company issued the first of its 360 Vintage Limited Edition pens. The first pen, in 2011 was a translucent resin in a beautiful blue tone. This was a pen I admired. But I was unable to obtain one with a broad nib.

In 2012, OMAS released the next in the 360 Vintage Limited Edition Line, a stunning translucent resin in a scarlet red. From the moment I read the news release about this pen, it was on my list of pens to have.

OMAS says that the goal of the 360 Vintage Limited Edition lines is to glamorize the famous triangular model in a modern updated pen. I second that, as what I call the classic 360 is a pen of high looks.

The 360 Vintage in Red with silver accent trim.

The Limited Edition has 360 fountain pens made and 360 roller balls. On demand, OMAS would produce a combined fountain pen and roller ball set.

I acquired the 360 Vintage Red while at Novelli Pen in Rome. My wife has written Marco to say we would be in Rome and I was talking about this OMAS red pen. When I arrived in the store, there is was in the show case. It did not take long to make from show case, to the counter, to an ink bottle, to my hand!

It is a large pen, measuring just under 13.5 cm (6") when closed. Each of the sides is 1.5 cm (10/16"). Without the cap, the body and nib stretch a wonder 13 in length. I typically write with a pen posted and with the cap posted the pen stretches 17 cm - so it sits very comfortably in the hand and does not "end" at the top of the thumb/hand joint.

The resin in translucent, and you can see that there is ink in the chamber, and you can make out the threads of the piston mechanism. But the inner works show in a very subtle way and it is not as stark as the demonstrators can be with fully clear body and cap sections.

 

OMAS 360Vintage Red

 

OMAS 360 Vintage Red 

 

 

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