Thomas De La Rue Ltd began manufacturing the Onoto range in 1905 and they quickly eastablished 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 earlier clipless style Onoto "The Pen" finished in Black Chased Hard Rubber. 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 chased pattern is crisp, bright and vibrants and the imprint is clear and legible. An unusual feature is the imprint on the slip cap "Onoto the Pen" which is very clear.
The 14ct gold nib is in excellent condition and writes beatifully with a Fine line. The nib has a slight flex to it which gives a lovely shape to your handwriting.
Onoto pens are fabulous writing instruments and will give years of faithful service.