Thaddeus’s Silver Onoto
June 16, 2015 3 Comments
Some time ago my good friend Thaddeus Butts asked me what I thought was the “Best of British” fountain pen. After some consideration I concluded (and this is my opinion, I know yours will differ) that a solid silver 1920s Onoto would be about the best you could get.
Thaddeus went looking and eventually one turned up as part of a “miscellaneous silver lot in an auction.” It was in quite sad shape at that stage. The silver section was gone, the inside of the cap had to be rebuilt and threaded. The turning button cover needed to be built up to fill the hole made from removing the silver pin holding it for restoration of the filling system (1mm x 1.5mm elliptical).
It was passed to Eric Wilson. He had some difficulty obtaining a silver blank to fabricate the section and eventually a section from a donor pen was adjusted to fit. To say the least of it, this was an exceptional repair, restoring this superb pen from scrap metal to its original condition. It has a splendid Onoto nib and it writes beautifully. Thaddeus is very pleased with it. Full credit and a round of applause to Eric Wilson. There aren’t many pen restorers around these days who can do work of this high quality.