A very generous friend made me a gift of an Osmia 223. This is the button filler version from the nineteen thirties. Many German pens are very good; some are great, the Osmia 223 being among them.
It measures 12.9 cm capped and is a typical tapered pen of its period. The blind cap fits well and is almost invisible when it’s in place.
The button filling system is well-made and the pen takes a good draught of ink, but like many great pens it’s all about the nib.
The nib is semi-flexible and a medium with no pressure applied. The tines separate with only the very slightest of pressure.
Many flexible pens require concentration to write well at speed; this little beauty does not. The gentle flexing gives noticeable line variation and does so with grace. It is truly a delight to write with. This pen will always be on my desk.