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 model 6000 is one of the larger pens in the range, measuring a whopping 154mm (6") when capped and 148mm when uncapped, the slip cap design was not meant to be posted, the pen is perfectly balanced uncapped. The pen itself is in excellent condition, the chased pattern to the cap is crisp, bright and vibrant. The pattern to the barrel is a little more worn but still crisp and the imprint is clear and legible.
The pen is finished off with a pair of factory fitted solid 18ct gold bands on the barrel. This is a prestigious pen and would have been very expensive and desirable at the time of manufacture.
The 14ct #4 gold nib is in excellent condition and writes beatifully with a Fine line. The nib has a lovely flex to it which gives a lovely shape to your handwriting.
Onoto pens are fabulous writing instruments and will give years of faithful service.