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Old 19 April 2017, 04:40 PM   #1
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I finally got my grail pen today!

I can't believe I actually was able to get this pen! I've been following eBay for months scouring for any new listings of an Omas Arco brown celluloid with gold trim. Lately it's all been rollerballs and things like that. I would only spend this kind of coin on a fountain pen so a rollerball was out. I put a bid in on a green HT trim Arco about 6 months ago on an off chance I would pick it up but, again, prices went ballistic and I was out. Finally a pen came up for sale in Korea last week. An Arco brown new style Paragon in fine. Stated it was only inked once. I watched the auction intently but things soon got out of control and the price was far out of my range. This is what I expected as Arco brown Omas pens soon go nuclear and the price rockets into the stratosphere. It's not often these come up for sale lately. Another auction was running at the same time, this one in the USA just a few days later than the auction from Korea. In addition to that it had a cursive italic nib! I love cursive italic nibs! This would have been the exact pen I would have ordered years ago before the Omas stocks had run out. A new style Paragon in gold trim, Arco brown celluloid and an italic nib. Unfortunately I missed out back then. I was following the bids on this new Arco listing and noticed a few of the bidders that didn't win the auction from the pen in Korea making a play for this pen. I had an idea what the price might go to so I put in a Hail Mary bid in the last few seconds expecting to lose since it was several hundred less than what the Korean pen went for but at the limit of what I could mentally handle spending on a used pen. A few seconds later, and I couldn't believe it, I won the auction!! It was kind of an oh sh!t moment because I had not planned buying such a pen right now. Thank God it's tax refund season. The seller also had great feedback so I have no worries about the deal. Still can't believe it. This is one of those situations when all the nibs in the sky align and you get exactly the pen you've been looking for! I'm hoping to have it in my hot little hands this Saturday. Here's a random reference pic from the Internet. The auction pics were fair but I trust the sellers description. All other pen projects are on hold until I recover from this one. Ok maybe a few more Jinhao's or a Kangaroo from China but that's it!!
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Old 19 April 2017, 10:20 PM   #2
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Congratulations. I hope it's as good in person as you expect it to be. Pics when it arrives please
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Old 19 April 2017, 11:31 PM   #3
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What a beautiful pen. Congrats.

I hope you use paragraphs when writing with it though! ;)
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Old 20 April 2017, 03:02 AM   #4
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"Go 'long," I said; "you ain't more than a paragraph."
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Old 20 April 2017, 06:39 AM   #5
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Congrats, great feeling when things work out like that!
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Old 20 April 2017, 11:10 AM   #6
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Very nice! I haven't seen that model before, but it's stunning.
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Old 20 April 2017, 11:37 PM   #7
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Old 21 April 2017, 01:00 PM   #8
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Huge congratulations on a very very nice instrument!!

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Old 22 April 2017, 06:32 AM   #9
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Out for delivery as we speak I think I've watched every youtube clip on the internet related to Omas Arco celluloid over the past few days. Can't wait for this pen!
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Old 22 April 2017, 08:17 PM   #10
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That is an awesome Omas!
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Old 23 April 2017, 05:49 AM   #11
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To add a bit more, I think that history will record that this Paragon along with all the other models of the Omas Arco Brown fountain pens will be awarded the best in its class in fountain pen history. At least up to this date.

I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but if you don't think this is the nicest FP in existence (in its class... sans Urushi etc) then come over here and let me poke you in the eye with my Omas Arco Brown Ogiva! It's a BB nib too so it may take me several attempts!!! And we will leave it stuck in there until you willingly agree with my never to be humble opinion!

















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Old 23 April 2017, 08:16 AM   #12
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To add a bit more, I think that history will record that this Paragon along with all the other models of the Omas Arco Brown fountain pens will be awarded the best in its class in fountain pen history. At least up to this date.

I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but if you don't think this is the nicest FP in existence (in its class... sans Urushi etc) then come over here and let me poke you in the eye with my Omas Arco Brown Ogiva! It's a BB nib too so it may take me several attempts!!! And we will leave it stuck in there until you willingly agree with my never to be humble opinion!

















I do kinda like that one Richard but platinum trim would suit me better.

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Old 24 April 2017, 06:45 PM   #13
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To add a bit more, I think that history will record that this Paragon along with all the other models of the Omas Arco Brown fountain pens will be awarded the best in its class in fountain pen history. At least up to this date.

I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but if you don't think this is the nicest FP in existence (in its class... sans Urushi etc) then come over here and let me poke you in the eye with my Omas Arco Brown Ogiva! It's a BB nib too so it may take me several attempts!!! And we will leave it stuck in there until you willingly agree with my never to be humble opinion!

















I agree 100% Richard! It's the most interesting material from Omas at the end of their production run. I don't see this interesting of a material coming out of Italy in the near future. I feel very lucky to have it in my collection! Edit: please don't poke me in the eye with a BB Omas. I've got my eye on one and I'll need the depth perception to place the order!
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Old 25 April 2017, 03:48 PM   #14
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Finally arrived

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Old 26 April 2017, 09:10 AM   #15
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wow this thing is sweet
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