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 mint example of the earlier clipless style Onoto "The Pen" finished in Black Chased Hard Rubber. I haved not seen a pen in as good condition as this one before, the chased pattern is immaculate and looks like it was made last week!! Believe me, these are scarce enough in good condition but to find one in this almost unused condition is incredibly rare.
To preserve the pen's mint status I have not serviced it, if the buyer wants it servicing so that it can be used then I will do so at no extra cost but I rather suspect this will end up in the hands of a collector who will be more than happy to leave it as it is.
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 14ct gold nib is in excellent condition and writes beatifully with a Medium line. The nib has a slight flex to it which gives a lovely shape to your handwriting.
Onoto pens are fabulous writing instruments and this is one of the best I have seen. It is supplied in its original box which is a bit battered but it has done its job of protecting the pen for the last 90 years!!