Omas Ogiva Alba, Behind the Scenes

  • (0:00) Intro
  • (0:29) Cotton resin seeds in raw form
  • (2:08) Piston/Clip installation
  • (3:52) Ebonite feed cutting and shaping
  • (6:00) Conclusion

Omas is an established pen company that does a great deal of hand work and craftsmanship to manufacture their pens. Luca Baglione, the Brand VP from Omas in Italy, was kind enough to shoot some footage of a few of the manufacturing processes for the new Omas Ogiva Alba and share it with me.

Check out here for my full introduction of the Ogiva Alba, and check it out on here.

What do you think?

Write On,
Brian Goulet

2017-10-11T03:56:01+00:00 November 11th, 2014|Pen Reviews|17 Comments
  • Gordon

    Fascinating stuff, Brian – thanks for sharing it! $500 is still a bit (ok, a lot) beyond my means, but it helps to appreciate the process and the workmanship!

  • Tom Johnson

    Great seeing how they make these pens. Far from an automated machine production. If I spring for a $500 pen, it will be an Omas, I'm sure. You can tell they are proud of what they make. Thanks Brian, this is great stuff.

  • Paul Peterson

    Awesome stuff! Thanks Brian and Luca! Understanding how these pens are made helps me appreciate them even more.

  • I love the behind the scenes stuff, thanks!

  • Lisa Porter Cordovana

    Loved this information. Thanks for sharing. I WANT ONE!!!!!

  • Yeah, I realize this is way more than most people can conceive for a pen. But, I still think it's fascinating to know what goes into a pen like this. I love watching shows like How It's Made and Ultimate Factories. Not that this is quite to that level (at all), but still, it's a glimpse 🙂

  • You're welcome, Tom! I've been really fascinated to learn more about Omas, too. Some pen brands out there are expensive just because they know they can charge that much (good marketing, brand recognition, you name it), but it's been neat to see how Omas works because they're really not that way. In fact, they've under-marketed if anything, because the hand-work they do limits the number of pens they're able to make, so they pretty much always sell out of everything as they make it. But, their reason for wanting to show stuff like this through a retailer like me, is because they're proud of their craftsmanship and they want people to appreciate this kind of old-world style of manufacturing that they've been doing for 90-years. It's really neat to be a part of that, personally.

  • Thanks! Yeah, I feel the same way. I'm fascinated by these, and I'm working on getting Luca to send me more!

  • Haha, right? 😉

  • Lisa Smith

    What a cool video!! I loved the behind the scenes work!! If I win the lottery, I'm getting an Omas in every color for sure!

  • Jo Daneman

    Very interesting! I had no idea how the ebonite feed was made, let alone "cotton nibs", which I assume are a cellulose-based resin? Fun to peek inside the factory.

  • Allen

    Really interesting video. Too bad Mr. Baglione "speaks" Italian with his hands. He waved the feed around so much after each finishing operation that I never got a good look at it!

  • Daniel <— John Mottishaw calls his Omas his long-time favorite. Quite a testament, I think, considering the man knows a thing or two about quality pens.

  • SMQ

    That was a really interesting video. I never really thought about how pens are manufactured. I'm looking at all my pens in a completely different way now!

  • Mike Winn

    That was an incredibly interesting video, Brian, and I hope you are able to add to the "How They Are Made" videos from time to time. Such as various nibs (Jowa? TWSBI? Pelikan? possibly even Baoer in Germany?), your own videos (i.e., a video about making your videos), a Noodler ink (if a video would fit into Nathan's very busy life), … (My own fantasy video would be pretty far out–you in China and walking us through the manufacture of the Jinhao pens you have begun to offer. That one would take subtitles at times.)

  • Michael Heenan

    I hope I'm not too late to this topic… I received my Jinghaos yesterday and it was love at first writing. On one, I used the converter and Noodler's Squeteague ink. On the other, the converter and Noodler's Walnut. Both filled easily and wrote beautifully. I could hardly believe these were $9 pens.

    But here's where the story gets more difficult… I'm getting a tremendous amount of leakage into the cap, and it seems to be coming from the nib. The Shimmering Sands (with the Squeteague) was the first to dump its contents into the cap. (I discovered this gradually, following mystery puddles of ink and suddenly super-stained hands.) I figured it was operator error in using the converter, so I took it all apart, cleaned it within an inch of its life, and loaded a Kaweco cartridge instead.

    Although the leaking is not nearly as dramatic, it's still there. This morning, I was very sad to see the other pen had dumped its converter contents into the cap also. That one held up through a lot of writing in the evening, and appeared to be solid.

    Could this much leakage occur from failing to store the pens nib-up? That's my last guess at what could be behind this problem. (I watched the video on leaks from a Kaweco eyedropper conversion.)

    I'm not giving up on these beautiful pens. Any help or advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated!

  • Michael Heenan

    Update: I was more careful to keep the pens nibs-up overnight and I found no leaking of note from the nib or feed. Put this down to newbie error, I guess. Although, this is with the cartridges. When these are depleted, I'm going to give the converters another try. Fingers crossed!

    But above all, these are really lovely pens for the price, and the speed and care of the delivery from Goblet is more than impressive. I'm become a very big fan in a very short time.