When I first saw pictures of the new Omas Ogiva Cocktail limited edition pens, I wanted one so badly. I seriously considered buying the yellow or blue version, but I simply did not have the money. Plus, I purchased one of last year's limited edition Albas in green with an EF extra flessibile nib, and I couldn't see the need for another pen just like it in a different color.
But, Kenro Industries sent the Pen Addict some pens to review, and happily, one of them was a Cocktail in Vodka Yellow with a 14K broad nib. I love my extra flessibile nib, but I was interested to see how the non-flexible broad wrote.
The Omas Ogiva Cocktail limited edition fountain pen is a cigar-shaped piston filler. All three colors (Vodka Yellow, Blue Angel, and Bloody Mary) are semi-transparent, but, obviously, the yellow is the most transparent of the three. The yellow color is rich and in sunlight the faceted surface of the cotton resin sparkles.
The pen has rhodium colored trim. The clip is Omas's usual style with a cylinder to assist in clipping the pen to a pocket or papers.
The band on the cap is engraved with the beautiful Greek key design as is the band at the top of the grip. The only other adornment is a thin silver ring at the piston end.
The nib is large and luscious. It has arrow engravings, the Omas name, and the gold content on top. The nib size is engraved on the side.
Omas nibs (at least the ones I've tried) tend to be very wet. That is definitely true for this nib. It never skips or has hard starts, but it lays down a thick, wet line.
Unlike the extra flessibile nibs, the broad nib has no flex. The difference is that the broad nib writes a consistently thick line whereas the extra flessibile nib offers variation from EF to B.
If I were to purchase an Omas with a broad nib, I would probably have it ground to a smooth italic and tone the wetness down just a bit. Still, I'd rather have a too-wet nib than one that stutters and is stingy with ink.
This pen is large, comparable to a MB 149 but lighter and not quite as thick. It is 5.75 inches in length, capped; 6.875 inches posted; and 5.06 inches unposted. It is light in the hand (21 grams) thanks to the cotton resin material. I find it very comfortable to write with.
I love being able to see the inner workings of demonstrator pens. But that leads to one negative. The piston seal on this pen allowed ink to seep in between the sides of the seal and the pen body. It is quite noticeable because of the light color of the pen.
I checked my green Omas for similar leaks, but it has a tight seal. So, the defect might be limited to this particular pen. I don't think there's any way to remove the piston for cleaning, unfortunately.
All in all, I love the Ogiva pens Omas is producing. I am sorely tempted to buy the Blue Angel (because: BLUE), but I'm sort of hoping that next year Omas will do a light turquoise version like the vintage Omas 360.
The Omas Ogiva Cocktail pen retails for around $395.00. It comes packaged in a sturdy Omas box with a suede-like sleeve for the pen. These are limited edition pens, so once they are all sold, there will be no more.
- The Omas Ogiva Cocktail is a beautiful demonstrator pen.
- The pen is light in the hand and well balanced.
- It is a piston filler and holds a good amount of ink (0.9ml).
- The nib is smooth and trouble free. * I love the Greek key details on the pen.
- On this particular pen, the piston seal allowed ink to leak between the seal and the body of the pen.
- The broad nib is very wet.
(This Omas Ogiva Cocktail Vodka Yellow was loaned to Pen Addict for review by Kenro Industries)