The humble Osmiroid has a much longer ancestry than most fountain pens. It was made by EH Perry in the factory at Gosport. The company had been founded in 1918 by Edmund Perry, grandson of James Perry, a major figure in the development of practical steel nibs. Perry’s first steel nib patent dated back to 1830 and the company’s Iridinoid and Duragold nibs were a success for many decades.

The idea behind the Osmiroid, perhaps not surprisingly, was much more about nibs than pens. Steel nibs in a variety of calligraphic styles were united with screw-in feeds. Oblique (left and right) italic, copperplate, music nibs and many more were available individually. Quality of the nibs was very high. The intention was to provide school-children with excellent writing instruments at an affordable price. Calligraphers benefitted too!

The first pen, the Osmiroid 65, was almost an afterthought. A very basic lever filler, it was adequate for the purpose, though some of the colour mixtures it came in were unfortunate. Many of the 65s have not survived well. The early injection-moulded plastics used in their manufacture were subject to shrinkage over time, with the result that caps often no longer fit and other distortions have taken place. Not all are affected, but buy with care.

The next pen, the Osmiroid 75, was altogether better. Much less subject to deterioration (though it can happen) these self-coloured pens are excellent piston fillers, many still working today without any servicing. Together with a collection of nibs to suit your hand, the 75 remains one of the best calligraphy pens around.

The Osmiroid 75

Later, a different Osmiroid system was developed. The new units included nib, feed and section, which screwed into a cartridge pen. These are not interchangeable with the earlier nibs, and the quality is not so high.

Thankfully, the original Osmiroid nibs still appear on eBay quite frequently and some retailers still sell them. These nibs also fit Esterbrook J and SJ pens , and some post-war German piston-filler school pens.

Not a collector’s pen, the Osmiroid project was nonetheless a worthy one that gave a generation of children good pens with which to learn to write well, and remains a useful workhorse for calligraphers to this day.

76 thoughts on “Osmiroid

  1. Good Day!

    I just picked up an Osmiroid 75 with a Mari 3 stub nib yesterday here in Ottawa, Canada for 10$ at an antique emporium. It is just as you described. Black, simple, but what a beautiful writer. With no cleaning (that will soon be rectified), it is now fillied Pelikan red ink, and it is such a beautiful smooth writer that it outshines some of my more modern pens. It is also a lovely simple pen. The only difference from the one pictured above is my cap is more decorative..the upper cap has a three pronged flower design, and the pen clip is more ornate.

    1. Hi Aaron,
      Glad to hear you got a good one. The 75s were made of better plastic than the 65s and survive better. Now you just need all the calligraphy nibs…


  2. Hi there,

    i came across your praise of the Osmiroid — and your delightful blog — … I have at least one Osmiroid in a collection of fountain pens that I use regularly (I am a journalist/copy writer and always have inky fingers)…. My problem — and you might be able to assist me — is that the cap seems very loose, which may be the cause of the ink drying up on me too quickly. Is there any way to correct that, or is it merely my imagination and the cap works well. Is there a trick to get it tighter?

    1. This is a not uncommon problem with Osmiroids. They were early users of injection-moulded plastics and some of these materials have turned out to be quite subject to shrinkage. I wouldn’t use this solution for an expensive pen – there are other, vastly more costly solutions – but the Osnmiroid might respond quite well to this: get a piece of cigarette paper (or other very thin paper if there are no smokers among your acquaintance), dampen it a little with shellac and press it firmly into the threads in the cap. Leave for a few hours to dry, then screw the pen together. It will grip a lot better.

  3. I love my Osmiroids and it’s a scandal that the factory was closed by Berol, who became part of ‘kiss of death’ Sandford. Osmiroid were a good little British company who made education the core of their business.
    In addition to the 75, Osmiroid also introduced a mark two 65, which looked a little like a larger 75 but retained the lever filling system of the earlier 65 mark one (there were also cartridge converter and even fixed aerometric varients of the mark two). These pens suffer much less shrinkage than the earlier round topped 65’s and the problem of leakage around the threads of the screw in nib is easily solved with approximately 50mm of PTFE tape wrapped around the threads.
    My mother bought me a burgundy 65 mark two in 1973, which I still have and use to this day.
    The factory in Gosport didn’t need to close, the business had a future and could have been built into something really special but as is the way in the Anglosphere, greed won over education, culture and common sense.

    1. I agree with you completely – except about the PTFE tape. Its use is somewhat frowned upon in pen repair, as it can cause cracking. Silicone grease does the same job without the risk.
      But yes, I believe there would have been a sound future for Osmiroid. Many other companies have made money producing calligraphy pens and sets, none of them as good as Osmiroid.

  4. I found my old fountain pen recently (Sheaffer), got some ink, and experimented to see if I could still write, after all these years of hammering the keyboard. That made me remember my first fountain pen – I must have been aged about 8 or 10. I got a green one with a gold cap and my best friend got a blue one with a silver cap. Then the word ‘Osmiroid’ popped into my head. I haven’t thought of that word in about 50 years – at first I wondered if it even was a word, then remembered that was the make of my first pen! I’d be interested in hearing from anyone who still has a child’s Osmiroid pen.

    1. I’m not familiar with that particular model with the gold or silver cap, but Osmiroids are well made and survive, so I’d be surprised if there aren’t a few examples of your school pen out there.

  5. After years of writing with an extra fine drafting pen which I can no longer obtain I decided to break out my old Osmiroid pens to see if I might like to use one of them again… I am probably from the last generation to have learned to write with a dip pen (in school)… I got my first fountain pen when I was eight & it was not an Osmiroid but rather a vintage pen from an antique dealer friend of the family….I felt very grown up… It started me on the road to pen collecting & I got a “new” pen at the start of each school year… finally got my first Osmiroid set & writing became the joy I knew it should be…… I still collect & use other pens but now I am back to the basics.

    .I have six of the older Osmiroid pens… two are lever fill & the others (which I prefer) have the twist valve filler…. also have a couple of the later style…. I must have been fairly keen when I started to hoard them as I also have a good supply of nibs for both sets including some shadow nibs & a music nib which have never been used but came along with a few italic nibs I got a few decades ago…
    Unfortunately I didn’t stock up on copperplate nibs….I am now using the only one I have for writing my daily journal..I am hoping to find more as it is my all time favourite nib in my all time favouite pen… Blue barrel Osmiroid….

    .I was not aware that the company was gone until I started to look for new nibs…. I think it is a sad loss for all pen lovers & children in particular….I have met a lot of kids who say they would like to learn to use a fountain pen. It is hard to learn to enjoy writing with a poor pen while it is illogical to spend a lot of money on a “starter” pen.

    1. It is sad that they’re gone because they were the best of the best calligraphy pens. Do not despair, though. Many Osmiroid 65s (the lever-fill ones) and 75s (the piston-fill type) pass through eBay every week and the prices remain low. The nibs are available too.

    2. i have an osmiroid ’65’ pen set. looks as though one nib was only used. i don’t if you have one. everything is in great shape and everything fits well. i was selling it on craigs list for $180.00. if you are interested here is my email address mattr1953@gmail.com. thanks.

  6. My dad worked in the Gosport factory and actually died there suffering a heart attack in 1973. As a child I would sit at home with my mum and we would make up cartridge boxes and fill them. I was a model for the companies educational range of objects e.g. “Tocker Timer”????

      1. Yeah from about 1968 – 1973 used to visit factory with my dad …… it was on the Fareham Road next to a pub which I think was called the North Star ……. he was a production manager. My mum worked on the machines …. that’s where they met ……. must have been late 50’s early 60’s ……. I remember once going for tea with the owner …… an elderly woman …… I think she was called Perry. The factory used to smell of plastic especially the huge tubs full of cartridges ……. I think the educational things were called Ticker Timers …. not Tocker ….. my mistake ……. they also made plastic callipers and a clinometer …… Geoff

    1. hello Geoff. Have just come across your comment re Osmiroid . I worked at Perry’s in the 1960s and knew your dad, Keith, well. Played football and cricket with him. He was the footballer and I was the cricketer. Great bloke. I had just left the company to become a teacher when I heard of your dad’s death at a far too early age. The tocker timers were made to rock for a specified time but not very precise.
      Just wanted to let you know that the company relied very much on dad who was an industrious production manager. I’m privileged to have known him.
      Keith Atkin

  7. I lived next to the Fareham Road factory at Northwood House and as a teenager would
    ‘chat-up’ the girls working there.
    Regards Ron

  8. My mother (who was from England and whose maiden name was Perry!) gave me an Osmiroid calligraphy pen set sometime between 30 and 40 years ago. Like my mother, I love pens and have collected quite a few, which are now added to those I inherited from her. However, I’m no expert, which became painfully clear as I read your blog. I would like to know more about my Osmiroid. The pen has no markings at all, so I don’t know which model it is. It is plain black with a white band and is, as other readers have noted, very loose. I have six nibs, all of which appear to be copperplate though only one actually says that. Of the various fill systems mentioned in your blog, I’m guessing the one I have is a piston fill type; it has a plastic tube inside a squeezy thing to draw the ink in. (I told you I was no expert!) Does this rather sketchy description provide enough information for you to tell me what model it is? One last question; what type of ink is best to use?

    1. Hi Stefanie,
      This is quite a difficult one to answer! There are even more models of Osmiroid than those I have mentioned in the blog. I think the one that you have is a later type. It is most likely a cartridge/converter filler. The squeezy thing is a converter which will take ink from a bottle. If the cap of this pen has a sloping top it is the one that was confusingly called a 65 despite the fact that that was the name given to a much earlier pen.

  9. I’m trying to clean an old Osmiroid that hasn’t been used since 1990 and soaked the pens in water for 24 hours. Now trying to remove the nib. Do I “screw” it out turning to the left or turning to the right? I don’t want to tighten it. I tried heating with a hair dryer to no avail. Should I soak in water another 24 hours?

    1. Hi Joanna,

      With the nib facing you, turn it counter clockwise. These pens are often gummed up with ink that was never intended for fountain pens and that can be a problem. I would advise you to continue with the heat treatment. Very occasionally, soaking can help but it is usually ineffective. Another thing that can help in some cases is a very slippery lubricant called Ballistol which you should be able to find online. Of course if you use that, once the nib is freed you will have to carefully get rid of all the oil.

      Good luck with getting the nib out.

  10. I am writing my autobiography and as I worked for Osmiroid on two separate occasions, late 60s and early 70s, it would be great to hear from anyone who knows me. Names of colleagues would enable me to cover this particular brush stroke.

    1. Hi Keith … My dad was Keith Hinton I think he was a production manager … he died of a heart attack in his office in 1973 at the Gosport factory ….. he had a friend whose name I can’t remember who was from Tyneside and they took me to my first Pompey match against Middlesbrough in 1968 (I think) … I was 7, he used to bring home huge boxes of cartridges which me and my mum would put into little boxes …. I was also the child model for the Tocker Timer thing they made at that time …… good luck with your book

      Geoff Hinton

      1. So good to hear from you Geoff. I did meet you when you were a youngster but you won’t remember. Your dad was a great friend of mine, we played football and cricket together. He was the footballer and I was the cricketer. Knew your mum briefly when she worked at the factory. Dad was a very industrious production manager and always seemed to be working under quite a lot of pressure – respected by all who worked there. Had a few lunch time drinks with him at the North Star next door. Thanks for replying, I appreciate it.
        Best wishes,
        Keith Atkin

    2. Hi Keith I just read your post on January 12, 2020. I have several osmiroid #75 I’m trying to get schematic images of this pen, specifically the piston mechanism and how it is removed from pen. I was hoping that you could direct me to such information. this would be greatly appreciated.

      1. I hope Keith will see this and get back to you. For what it’s worth, I’ve never been able to get that piston out. I don’t think it was designed to be serviced.

  11. I just wanted to add that I recently got an Osmiroid screw in nib section off ebay and mated it with the body of a Manuscript pen. Plugged in a cartridge and immediately loved the way the nib lays down lines. I bought a 4b nib to use in writing gothic textura quadrata. Sharp, well defined edges that can be tapered off easily into very thin fine lines. It feels as if I’m using a dip pen nib with the continuous flow of a fountain pen. I was attracted by the look of the nib actually and I’m very glad I took one for a test run.

  12. Hello Geoff & Keith, I worked at “Perrys” from 1957 to 1968, I knew your Dad and had many a beer with him in the North Star, I remember the pens manufactured in that time the Osmiroid 65, and 75, the Sonic and Prima, the units were Italic, Cursive, Marion Richardson, Copperplate, Music, lettering, in the early years there was the “Osmiroid Viscount fountain pen that had a gold plated unit, however there was a problem with the clip on the cap and it was withdrawn, 30 nib units were offered including those for those “left handed” also manufactured was the Iridinoid dip nibs that incorporated a reservoir at the back of the nib to hold more ink, all so there was marker pen range manufacture called the “Glider Range” which also had cartridges of coloured ink, Keith I remember quite a few people from the 11 years I spent there,

    1. Hi Bob, I’m sure I remember you. I was the chap that had the onerous task of keeping the office girls under control. Failed miserably ! I also had to interpret for the Argentinian visitors who visited the factory on occasions. I was only there for a short while but helped to launch the new range of educational aids, Centicube etc. It was while doing some market research in schools with young children using the measuring tools that I realised that I wished to become a teacher which I did for the remainder of my working life. Geoffrey Nockolds thought that I would make a better teacher than an Office Manager. He was right. Great to hear from you. Best wishes.

      1. Keith I remember being one of the children used to model the educational range for some kind of catalogue late 60’s early 70’s …… you haven’t got a copy of one of them have you??Geoff (Keith Hinton’s son)   From: Goodwriterspens’s Blog To: geoffreyhinton@yahoo.co.uk Sent: Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 14:25 Subject: [New comment] Osmiroid #yiv0028977043 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv0028977043 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv0028977043 a.yiv0028977043primaryactionlink:link, #yiv0028977043 a.yiv0028977043primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv0028977043 a.yiv0028977043primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv0028977043 a.yiv0028977043primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv0028977043 WordPress.com |

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      2. Hello Keith, in the early years the Perry’s Pen Company had a contract with a company called Don Gresswell i think in Nottingham, who had a contract to supply schools with education materials, which included Osmiroid Fountain pens, the children from the schools filled in a form with their name and colour pen they wanted with a specimen of their handwriting, the forms were sent the Don Gresswell company who sent on to Perry’s,
        Once received the pen was selected and the form with specimen of handwriting would be laid on a board that had several transparent overlays that were laid on top of the form until
        one overlay matched the written specimen. on the overlay was a list of nib units in the cursive, italic, Marion Richardson style that would suit the specimen handwriting, this was fixed in the pen, (this operation was one of my responsibilities so I am responsible for the handwriting of a lot of school children back in the 60’s, the pens were then engraved with the pupils name, Regards Bob

      3. Hello Bob. I certainly do remember the regular green order forms for engraved pens from Don Gresswell to be sent to various schools. When I became a teacher I encouraged good handwriting as a part of good manners. Sadly, I do not believe that so much importance is attached to it today. I also remember accompanying Miss Perry to a school in Worcestershire somewhere to present the Osmiroid trophy for good handwriting. It was a magnificent trophy of a quill pen set in acrylic and it was presented to the school in a rather special assembly accompanied by a school band.
        HI Geoff, I’m afraid I have no advertising literature for the educational aids. The best one in my opinion was the micrometer, well designed and made.
        Best wishes Keith

      4. Hi Keith

        I remember the micrometer … and Tocker Timers! As well as being photographed for the advertising literature …….. I also remember, as a child, helping my mother doing piece work at home …. making up cartridge boxes …. filling them up (still remember the plastic smell of the large box of cartridges) …… I also recall using a white waxy stick to rub over the engraved names on the pens


    2. Hello Bob
      I have been collecting Osmiroid pens for some years after my interest was sparked by an artist friend struggling to find Osmiroid nobs that she loved when she was younger. Having located and bought a few pens and restored them I have got quite interested. I have been asked to give a talk about them to a group of handwriters being taught by my friend. To do this I have been trying to gather the stuff I have learnt about these pens and am currently writing it up. Would it be possible to contact you to check some of the things that I am writing as I am sure that you will have a fuller knowledge than I have gleaned in the last 3 years. I will be happy to talk on the phone, connect via Email or send you a link to my web page where I can make the stuff I am writing accessable.

  13. I just received an Osmiroid 75 and am unsure on how to approach cleaning it as I don’t know how it goes together. The plunger cap only comes away from the body of the pen by less than 1/8 inch (1.5 rotations). Am I right in assuming that all plunger action is accomplished in that short throw? It does not seem like much ink would be transferred with that short throw – only the width of the clear “window” piece. How do you remove the nib holding piece from the body of the pen for cleaning purposes. How is it reassembled and secured? Working now with heat to remove the nib.

    1. If the piston (not plunger) moves freely and draws ink, that’s probably as good as you’ll get. These pens were not made to be disassembled and serviced. I’ve never found a non-destructive way of getting them apart. Surprisingly, many of them work just fine after all these years. I have one here that’s working well and it only takes 1.5 turns to fill.

  14. I’ve been collecting both the 65s and 75s for years. I use the Italic Extra Fine nibs for regular writing (in my mini Filofax) and a B2 nib for Hebrew calligraphy. If anyone has Italic Extra Fine nibs to sell please contact me at barbarakoltuv@gmail.com. I have loved reading about all of you whose dads and mums worked at the plant. I too am of an age…I learned to write “cursive” with a dip pen, and LOVED my first fountain pen…a reddish striped Waterman’s, given to me by my “Uncle” Marty May for my seventh birthday I believe.

  15. I used Osmiroid 65, and 75s in school from 64
    And I still have them and a collection of different nibs

    When we went in to the First Form we had to learn to write italic
    So the 65 got different italics till we found the ones that suited us
    By Third Form we were allowed to write in in italic
    We had the 75 by then
    Off to W.H. Smiths to buy the selection of nibs
    And if the branch did not have what you wanted you could order it
    It was great to play with the different nibs
    And my favorite nib was the fine soft

    I am amazed that a pen company could produce such a range of nibs from hard to soft, fine to broad and all the cranked nibs
    And nowadays nothing to even compare

    To get a soft fine nib that was so expressive to touch
    I would need to buy a $150 Pilot Nakami!

  16. Hey Goodwriterspens,

    I didn’t get into fountain pens until fairly recently. I am writing a book about Lost Jesuit Mines and Treasures. Originally, I planned on only Hardcover and Softcover Versions. I decided I wanted to make a hand bound version with hand drawn illustrations…….and even some Illuminated Pages. Part of the Illumination was to learn an old alphabet. In this case Uncial. First thing was to get some cheap Calligraphy Supplies and learn to write Uncial. I found a huge lot of Calligraphic Stuff at Goodwill’s Online Store. It was literally 35 pounds of pens, dip pens, technical pens, a pound of loose nibs, and several Osmiroid Calligraphy Kits. These were the cheapy later ones (both single and three gold ringers). Like the poster above, the B4 is absolutely amazing with Uncial. I liked writing with them so much, I saw one one Ebay that looked a bit nicer, that was called the “Prima”. It was $20 & Free Shipping, and was new in blister package. I was a bit disappointed when I got it out of the package, as it felt too lightweight (just like the other cheapy ones, even though it has a nice dull textured finish). The nib was a little different though. All my others were kind of a dull gold color. This one was shiny, like a real gold nib. It reads “OSMIROID TIPPED ENGLAND”. This thing is smoother than my Mont Blanc Rollerball! I have tried to find more such Osmiroid Nibs, but they seem to be nonexistant. I can’t even find anything about the Prima. The only link online, is to the Ebay Auction that I had already bought!

    Do you (or anybody else reading this) know anything about the Prima? Where can I buy more nib sections or entire pens?

    Thanks – Mike

    1. Hi Mike,

      That’s very interesting! If you check eBay UK, you’ll find several listings of the Osmiroid Prima as individual nibs, pens and sometimes sets. I’m glad to hear that you found it so useful.

  17. Thanks GWP,

    Just looked and nothing. Bunch of Monteverde Primas, but no Osmiroid. I looked by “Osmiroid Prima” “Osmiroid” (got two pages with no Primas), and “Prima” nothing. I will keep checking. HAHAHA The search continues.

    1. Hello, I worked for E S Perry from 1957 to 1968 in many roles, the company
      came to Gosport from Edmonton London in the early 50’s, the products produced in the time I was there were Fountain Pens and Dip Nibs, The styles of script these were in was Cursive, Italic, Marion Richardson, Copperplate and Lettering, A large range of nibs including Left-hand and oblique, the Fountain Pen models were The 65, The 75, The Viscount, The Prima The Sonic and The Glider which was a marker/art pen, the dip nibs were marketed under the name of Iridinoid and had a small ink reservoir, the early 65 and Viscount pens were lever filled and the 75 was plunger filled later came the ink cartridge,

  18. Greetings ~

    Back in the early ’90s, I received as a gift, an Osmiroid Fountain Pen (‘Barrel & Cap’ (Medium Blue, with a White Band, and no markings other than the letter ‘O’ within a ‘square’ appearing on the pocket clasp) ~ ‘Squeezefill Model’, in bubble packaging) along with three ‘Easy-change’ Nib Units (an Italic Medium Straight, a B2 Unit, and a B4 Unit, in individual bubble packaging). The pen was given to me, by a friend who was interested in ‘calligraphy’ (at the time), after I expressed an interest in it. I just recently happened upon this pen once again, and decided that I would like to play around with calligraphy again! The items mentioned above, are all in ‘like new’ condition ~ however, after learning that Osmiroid was no in business, my question is: What ink would be best to use in this pen? In lieu of the no longer available, ‘Osmiroid Free Flowing Ink’. Please forgive my ignorance in these matters. ‘Thank You’ ~ Ron

    1. Hi Ron,

      Any good ink, really. Personally, I mostly use Parker, Waterman and Diamine – all good inks, but you’ll find that there are supporters for all the brands of ink out there.

      1. goodwriterspens ~

        ‘Thank You’, ever so much, for your response. I really am looking forward to plying ‘pen to paper’ once again! Also, I was wondering, if ‘ink cartridges’ can be used in this pen as well? And if so, which brands would work best? Again, I apologize for my lack of knowledge in these matters. ~ Ron

      2. Hi Ron,

        Yes, the Squeezefill Osmiroid does take cartridges. Osmiroid made their own cartridges. but I don’t know if any other cartridges would fit. It’s worth searching eBay for Osmiroid cartridges which do turn up now and again.

      3. goodwriterspens ~

        ‘Thank You’, once again! Your very quick responses to my questions, have been most helpful. ~ Ron

    1. I remember when I first joined the company in 1957 I was given a job of going through some old boxes that had been brought down from Edmonton when the company moved down to Gosport, in there were boxes of pen nibs that were not wanted, I had to empty them all into a bin for scrap,One particular nib was the shape of a hand with all the fingers clenched except the index finger which was the actual nib, I kept a few of these, however lost them over the years, wish I had looked after now, would have been a talking point with my three grandsons, I also have a photograph of the Osmiroid Show Stand. And a blotting paper card with a brief history of E.S.Perry printed on the back.

      1. Hi Bob. There cannot be many people around whose connection goes back as far as yours. As you know I worked in the sales office during the 1960s and this period of my life forms an important part of my autobiography. However I need some information about our export arrangements and would like to contact carol who ran that department to see if she can help. Her maiden name was Shutler. Any ideas?

      2. Hello Keith, I am afraid not, I think after my time, I rember some of the export processes and jobs that were done when I started, There were Mr Michael, Mr James and Miss Francesca as they were know and addressed, Mr James ran the export side, some things I remember on the export side, Once I was sent to London by train with two brown paper parcels of Iridinoid pen nibs , quite heavy, I had to take them to a private address close to Tilbury Dock and hand them over to who came to the door. Another time I accompanied the company driver Bill Cull in a Austin A40 van to Liverpool (No Motorways then) we stated overnight in a Salvation Army Hostel, in the morning we drove into Liverpool Dock alongside a freighter a guy comes down the gang plank and we handed some parcels similar to those I took to London, E,S Perry must have advertised in the newspaper in South Africa then, as we would received lots letters, (sometimes just writing paper folded and a stamp holding it closed) asking for free samples of pens, and “Anything else we could send them) it was one of my early jobs to handle these, export parcels would be posted wrapped in thick waterproof brown paper with sealing wax seals on the folds of the paper and stamped with ESP, also a metal seal clamped on the ends of the string to stop them being untied, also some packing cases would have a thin lining of tin inside and once packed, another sheet laid on top a soldered !!, I could go “on and on” about those early days at E.S.Perrys

  19. I´ve had these pens since I started calligraphy when I was 13. Now 30 years later I still have them and they owrk perfectly well. I´ng glad to have found this site, I typed osmiroid to see if there are any available for my children.

  20. I agree. I used them in high school and this was before 1975, I got a left handed set and will give it to a coworker who’s a southpaw. He’s only 23!

  21. I am so happy to have landed on this website! I have two Osmiroid pens, a 65 and a 75, that I got from my father in the late 1960’s. He worked for Hunt Manufacturing Company which, in addition to ball point pens and Boston pencil sharpeners, manufactured (still does, I think) the Speedball line of art supplies including calligraphy supplies. Hunt was the US distributer for Osmiroid pens. The little box set I have included 6 nibs. Osmiroid pens were not intended to be used with waterproof India ink so there was an Osmiroid branded ink. I still have a couple jars and it is still viable all these years later! The Osmiroid Guide to Italic Handwriting booklet was written by Tom Gourdie, M.B.E. I treasure my Osmiroids and have created many calligraphic works of joy with them. I originally came to this site looking for info for left-handed writers since Osmiroid had nibs specific for them. I guess E-Bay is the best place to find them.

  22. I used Osmiroid pens at school as a lad, the teachers used to recommend (insist on) these pens for the learning of italic writing which I really enjoyed. I came second in an italic writing competition which I think might have been sponsored by Osmiroid – as I remember us pupils being told to buy these pens for the occasion.
    As far as I’m concerned these pens haven’t been equalled. I was forever taking my Parker pens to their service dept. in Bush House. W.C.2 to get them serviced, or have their nibs replaced, to try and replicate the Osmiroid’s wonderful flow and smoothness, but without success.
    As a schoolboy I had many of their 65s, today I still buy the odd one on e-bay.They are not the prettiest in my modest collection by far- but to me they’re the best. Oh! it’s just hit after all these years! It was a Mr. Crawford at the London Oratory school who used to insist on Osmiroid pens.

      1. I think you have covered it well. You have some pens I didn’t know about. I’m not sure that I agree that the 65 is entirely to be avoided. I’ve had some quite decent ones. The main point about the Osmiroid for most people nowadays is the nibs. As you’re aware, the Esterbrook, a much better pen, has the same thread and is a better bet for the calligrapher using Osmiroid nibs. Also, many German piston-fill school pens and some technical drawing pens will accept Osmiroid nibs.

      2. My comments on the model 65 were about the first version, All of the mk1 versions I have bought have suffered from shrinkage but the later ones (with the sloped cap end) are mainly good. My favourite pen is a mk2 model 65 – the green one at the bottom of the section on the model 65. It lives in my pocket.

  23. I own an Osmiriod lever style fountain pen with an italic style nib it was purchased from school (1959/60 – I think the price was 7/6 no name or 8/6 if you wanted your name on it. It was my first fountain pen and I last used it most probably the mid 1960’s. I don’t wish to part with company with the pen but I wonder if I could get hold of a new ‘ink sac’ as I would love to use it again as I am writing up my family history – at the moment I am using the modern way and that’s the infamous ‘keyboard’ but I would like to write some information using my beloved ‘Osmiriod’ after about 55 years of non use.

    1. That’s marvellous, keeping your Osmiroid for all that time! There are two ways you can go: you can buy a sac (I think it’s an 18), shellac to attach it and some pure talc to ensure that the sac doesn’t stick to the pressure bar. You can get these thing from various vendors. I suggest https://www.vintagepensacsandparts.com/

      Alternatively, if this is the only pen you’re going to be repairing, it might be better to send it to someone. A simple replacement of a sac won’t be very expensive. Derrick Purser does good work http://www.classicpenengineering.co.uk/fountain-pen-pencil-repairs.html

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