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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Omas Phoenix Gold, Silver & Bronze Fountain Pen Set

OMAS was founded in Bologna, Italy in 1925 by Armando Simoni. OMAS is one of the most famed and respected pen companies in the world.

Each of their pens is handcrafted to perfection in the same workshop in Italy from which the company was founded. 

The process of creating an OMAS pen involves a myriad of different stages, levels, and processes that must be done to exact specifications. There are over 100 stages involved in the refinement process alone. From the initial cutting of the 18-carat gold leaf to the rolling, trimming, and final shaping, every stage contributes to the extraordinary flexibility of OMAS nibs.

The OMAS Fountain Pen available through Abbey Pens embodies all the passion and expertise a skilled pen craftsman can put into their work.

Armando Simoni was often quoted to say, “A pen must make writing pleasurable.” If this is true, then there is no other company in the world that has worked harder to prove it than OMAS. In their entire manufacturing process, they only use the most capable and exceptional quality, craftsmanship and materials to make their pens. From the skilled hands of a craftsman to the eager hands of a writer, OMAS pens are the epitome of traditional finesse and sophistication. 

"A mythological bird which never dies, the Phoenix flies long distances ahead of us, observing with its sharp eyes the countryside around us and the area ahead. It represents our visual capacity to gather sensory information on the environment around us and on the events that unfurl within it.

The Phoenix, with its perfect beauty, produces an amazing exaltation combined with the dream of immortality.”

Only in the aura of mystery surrounding it is the Chinese Phoenix similar to the mythical Egyptian bird, which continually rises from its own ashes.
It represents power and prosperity which were the exclusive attributes of the emperor and empress, the only people allowed to wear the symbol of the Feng.

It is portrayed in many ways, often with the forehead of a crane, the beak of a wild bird, the neck of a snake, the shell of a tortoise, the stripes of a dragon and the tail of a fish, held to be the finest attributes of these animals, and is the personification of the primordial forces of the Heavens.
In its beak, it carries the sacred texts, on its body are written the Five Cardinal Virtues, its song contains the five notes of the Chinese musical scale and its tail has the five primary colours: blue (the East, spring and wood), red (the South, summer and fire), white (the West, autumn, metal), black (the North, winter and water), and yellow (the Centre, the emperor and earth).
The two yang colours, blue and red, are balanced with the yin colours, white and black.

The enamel Phoenix, elegant and proud, which dominates the reservoir of the Omas fountain pen "The Trip of the Phoenix" copies this faithfully.
The body of the pen too, which comes in four versions, offers four of these colours; however, the metal of the finish changes:
The yellow enamel is combined with platinum, the red with gold, the blue, silver, and the white, bronze.
On the top there is a beautiful jade of an intense green, which recalls the green of the plumage, and the highly original clip is inspired by the presence of movement and harmony.
The Phoenix flies from Greece to China, from the Parthenon skilfully reproduced on the cap, to the Summer Palace, symbolically miniaturized on the nib, bringing together for the Olympics two great civilisations whose influence has been fundamental to the development of humanity.
Though geographically distant, they have both given the world wisdom, philosophy, art and innovation.
This small masterpiece available with 20% discount via Abbey Pens comes in a precious wood case, and its production has been entrusted, as always, to craftsmen and artists with unquestioned experience over many long years.

The Omas Phoenix Gold, Silver & BronzeFountain Pen Set writing instruments will make a superb investment to any collection.

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