Thomas De La Rue Ltd began manufacturing the Onoto range in 1905 and they quickly established themselves in an already densely populated marketplace. The pens were successful because of the excellent quality of the materials used and the superior design of the filling system. Onoto pens were as good, if not better, than all their contemporaries including Parker, Watermans and Conway Stewart.
This is a superb example of the Onoto's "The Pen" made from Black chased hard rubber with 18ct solid gold barrel bands. The plunger filling system, deliciously quirky but extremely efficient, has been fully serviced with a new washer and cork seals fitted.
The pen itself is in excellent condition, the chasing is not worn and the imprint on the barrel is as clear as it was when it left the factory. The 18ct gold barrel bands are a nice touch and set the pen apart from ordinary Onotos.
The 14ct gold nib is in excellent condition and writes beatifully with a Medium line. The nib has a nice light flex to it which gives a lovely shape to your handwriting.
Onoto pens are fabulous writing instruments and will give years of faithful service.