I have been looking forwards to trying this ink. Since Scrittura Bolognese (ScriBo) started to produce their own line of dye based inks there has been the question over whether any were from the old OMAS catalogue. Having a treasured bottle of green, which is gradually being used up, I was interested to see if Verde Bosco was the same as it is only one of two greens presently in the range, with the other being the far lighter Prato.Continue reading
There is something very right about an ink from a Mediterranean country being a vibrant orange. It is the colour of sun, summer, warmth, and happiness. Named after the orange growing region of Sicily, this pigment based ink does feel very appropriately named.Continue reading
When ScriBo was launched there was the question over ink. Would there be any, after all OMAS had a decent range. The answer appeared to arrive with the launch if their first regular pen, the Feel. The first ones bought directly from ScriBo came with a 20ml bottle of a blue-grey ink. One of the two colour options for the new pen, as well as being used for corporate media. It would seem inks would be just round the corner. Time passed.Continue reading
Scrittura Bolognese are keen to emphasise that while they have DNA from OMAS they are a new company with new products. After a number of successful years with their first consumer offering, the Feel, rumours started to emerge of a new pen that would again surprise us. In early 2021 the Piuma was launched in four limited edition finishes, offering a deceptively sized pen with some unique elements to the design.Continue reading
You would have thought there was an important football coming up tomorrow (soccer to those of you from across the Atlantic), so for a bit of fun I gathered together a handful of pens to represent each side, along with suitable inks (with caveats). Some of these pens were already in my daily rotation/desk set, and some were an excuse to use up some samples I have taking up space.Continue reading
We’ve all been there. We’ve held an item, a gadget, a widget, a tool, in our hands and it has just felt right, perfect for the task, comfortable and comforting. It may be cheap, it may be expensive. It may be bespoke, it may be off the shelf, there are no hard and fast rules, and like all emotive mysteries, it’s hard to explain just why it works so well for one person, yet may not for another. Continue reading
One thing Luca Baglione, CEO of Srittura Bolognese (ScriBo) is keen to point out is, while he and many of the staff came from OMAS after it’s closure, ScriBo is not a phoenix or a restart, but a new company which is built upon the DNA of the former company (along with some of the manufacturing tools). Initially we first saw a new pen materialise as a store specific limited edition for Write Here in Shrewsbury, UK, a new looking pen using the OMAS specified Bock nibs we saw and loved from the latter days of OMAS. During the summer of 2018, post a couple of high end collector models, ScriBo announced a new consumer model, the Feel, which I saw at the London Writing Equipment Show. My first impressions were captured here (note I’ve since found out the nibs are now produced by Scribo themselves using the old OMAS machinery, and not by Bock) and also in this video of myself and Penultimate Dave interviewing Luca. There are two versions, one in the ScriBo corporate colours of blue/grey, and the other a dark blue. Both look very smart and could be used in any business environment as well as casually. The pens are made from resin, as are those from a number of top German manufacturers, and each one is turned by hand from an individual rod.
Before I start, there is one thing I need to cover about SCRIBO. While the company came about due to the closing down of OMAS, with many of the staff coming from OMAS, and the nibs being the same ones produced by Bock for OMAS, they are Scrittura Bolognese or SCRIBO, not OMAS.