The Stipula Calamo fountain pen ink offers an authentic writing experience. Direct from Italy, packaged in a beautiful 70ml glass bottle that has been treated to protect the ink from light exposure deterioration, the Stipula Calamo ink is a must-have addition to your fountain pen ink supply. Available in multiple rich color shades.
OMAS was an Italian manufacturer of writing instruments, fountain pens, ink and related luxury goods, founded in 1925 and put in liquidation in January 2015. Their products were in the upper price range of writing instruments and had always been manufactured in their factory located in Bologna Italy.
OMAS stands for Officina Meccanica Armando Simoni. The company was founded by Armando Simoni, who also designed the tools and equipment needed to manufacturer the OMAS line of pens.
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 cutting edge designs including the “Doctor’s pen” (which had a tiny built-in clinical thermometer) and the double-nibbed Itala in the 1920’s and the 361 model in the late 1940’s whose nib could be used as a hard writer if handled in one position and as a flexible writer in another. Their last major design innovation was the 360, a fountain pen with a triangular body to maximize grip and writing comfort, launched in 1996.
The largest size pen manufactured as a non-limited edition in their most current production was the 12-faceted Paragon, the second largest being the Milord. Omas’ product range was last updated in 2005. The Milord model became the size of the pre-2005 Paragon model. OMAS continued to release limited editions based on their earlier style pens.
In 2000, the French company LVMH acquired OMAS from the heirs of Armando Simoni. It was the only writing instrument company in its suite of companies. 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.
Omas was one of the few companies still making their own nibs and feeds.
Massive stocks of Omas’ signature celluloid were left behind for the auctioneers gavel.
While not shown here, the famous and sought after Arco was scarfed up rather quickly.
The sample stock of new or untested colors on the above right in polished samples.
Long rods of colors in use and retired from yesteryear. I remember selling many Omas
Galileo fountain pens back in 1993, with a special black and white veined celluloid, which
I and other dealers were assured that this material was nearly sold out and never to be used
again. Of course this was false, as you could see with the introduction of many other pens, from the Urbano fountain pen, (100 pens made) to ballpoints to current production of more limited editions
in the 360 collection, to modern oversize Paragons and Milord fountain pens.
I can only imagine what these trays hold. Hundreds and hundreds of fountain pens ready to be boxed,
packaged, and shipped around the world.
Didn’t get a close up to know what came in these boxes or if they were ready to be shipped out.
The celluloid came to the factory in heaving wooden crates carefully wrapped and packed to
avoid damage in shipment. Many theories are out there where these materials come from.
This writer has seen Italian factories that make celluloid in person, but understand that there
are companies in Asia making it as well.
Oh how to get one’s hands on a manual such as this one. Manufacturing and or repairs,
this will become invaluable in the years to come as pens are in need of service. New parts
will become harder to find as stock slowly dry up.
Congratulations Tyler Thompson for completing graduate School in NYC and on your upcoming marriage to the lovely Tessa. Now that I got that out of the way let’s talk ink. More specifically, Organics Studio Nitrogen Bottled Ink.
When Tyler was a student of the University of Maryland in early 2010 he would stop by the store. When his busy schedule allowed, he would peruse Bertram’s Inkwell. “Cool guy!” we thought to ourselves. He’s knowledgeable, loves pens, knows pens, and even has pens! Who is this kid? As time went on and friendships developed, Tyler worked for Bertram’s Inkwell part-time. He should have been full time since most of his pay checks were not deposited into his accounts but cashed in the drawer every other Friday as he picked up his latest pen/pens from the store. So it goes for many folks who have a love of pens and end up working in their favorite shop.
Not only was Tyler interested in fountain pens but also in what went in them. And so in 2012 Organics Studio Bottled Ink was launched.
Originally there was the Chemistry Series, with the take on a collection of the essential colors of any writing ink collection. These inks makeup a set of ‘simple’ colors, tasked with coloring the basic spectrum of pure colors. These chemistry-themed inks were the first foray into the ink world, and are still part of the formula. The first four colors ever made included Carbon Black, Mercury Red, Cobalt Blue, and Manganese Blue/Black. Then expanded to include Uranium Green, Vanadium Violet, Arsenic Gray, Copper Turquoise, Sulfur Yellow, Nitrogen Vibrant Blue, and Lithium Violet. In 2016 the resurgence of the company will include a selection of these previously available inks, along with some new members.
Next in the line up are The Masters of Writing Series.
Organics Studio bottled ink collection attempts to merge a famous writer from previous centuries with a color that brings them to mind. These inks have more unique hues that we made to fill gaps in the available ink world. This series pays homage with inks such as Jane Austen Violet, Jules Verne Nautilus Blue, Edgar Allan Poe Raven Red, L. Frank Baum Emerald Green, and many others. In this line also included is the renown Sepia Series, which included Foggy Bottom Red Sepia and Join or Die Green Sepia, two inks made to commemorate the DC and Philadelphia Pen show, respectively.
And the next is true to Tyler’s heart.
These inks are all forays into unique ink properties. The Darwin Ink Series are all fast-drying inks. The Accident Blue, the Isaac Newton black, and the Gregor Mendel are pigmented and Chlorophyll-based ink.
And the Vintage Ink Series.
The Organics Studio inks do well with being left in the pen for extended periods of time. This way you don’t have to worry about damaging such pens. These inks have become some of our customers favorite inks for their unique colors and desired properties. You can order Organics Studio Inks here.
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