Onoto has a new limited edition, The Flanders Pen. It employs copper from WWI shells from The Somme and earth from Ypres.
I’ve always thought that the association of limited edition pens with famous people or events silly, to say the least. Onoto seems to be in a competition with Mont Blanc to see who can come up with the most strained association. Mostly these things are just foolish but basing a pen on the slaughter of WWI is beyond distasteful. It’s profoundly objectionable.
My husband’s grandfather met a hail of machine-gun fire when going over the top with his comrades at The Somme. With four bullet wounds it was almost miraculous that he survived but his life was blighted by disability thereafter. He was one of thousands. Other family members did not return.
There could hardly be a family in Britain that did not at least know someone who was killed or left with permanent disability. Trying to coin a few quid from that horror seems just plain ghoulish and exploitative. Onoto must be truly desperate to do such a thing.