It’s been almost 2 years since Omas stopped production, and their pens are amongst the most collectible out there – especially the arco celluloid editions. Whilst I might not be lucky enough to own one of those beauties, I do have a different Omas – the Milord cruise blue. A smaller model of the regular Milord line, this pen is made of a vibrant blue cotton resin, and accented with rhodium trims. So, does this stack up to the hefty estimation that Omas is held in? Read on to find out …
The blue on this pen is absolutely stunning. I’ve often found myself becoming absorbed into the undulating tones of dark and light, and watching the light sparkle off of the resin. The iconic 12-sided barrel is one of the most striking features of this pen, making it a unique design in a world full of torpedo-shaped black resin pens! I like the silver trims, which complement the blue of the pen well, and add some light to this pen. One of the most interesting features is how the colour changes in different lights. Sometimes, the pen almost seems black, which other times it’s brighter even than the monotone colours of, say, a Lamy Safari or Pilot Metropolitan
This pen is equipped with a fine, 14kt gold nib, which writes well enough. It is smooth, albeit with a bit of tooth behind it, and almost never has flow issues. The nib is small, but rather pretty with it’s rhodium coated design. It’s a small pen, and occasionally the threads on the section can dig into my fingers if I let my grip slip down. Altogether, it’s a workhorse, but more often than not, it gets left on the shelf. It’s just a boring pen to write with.
As I said, this is a small pen, and that can be an issue for some, especially if you’re used to larger pens. However, the unique shape means that it’s not uncomfortable to hold, and it can always be posted for significantly more length. It’s a C/C, and the Omas converter has a decent capacity. It’s not a particularly wet writer, so it lasts a long time on a full refill. It’s especially nice with a blue ink to match the body!
Final Thoughts (6/10)
Omas is a brand with a wealth of history and prestige, and the Milord Cruise lives up to that. However, whilst I can’t critique the writing quality, I really don’t enjoy writing with this pen. It’s a workhorse, and comfortable to hold – it would be near the top of my list if I had to chose a pen to write with for an hour. But, that given, I’d still rather look at this pen, with it’s beautiful blue tones, and reflective resin, than to actually use it.
By Oliver Jack Bennett