Onotos

I use Tiger A5 notebooks, hard-cover and spiral backed, to draft everything I write. That may seem like double work but it’s worth drafting my articles and correspondence because they improve on the edit – or at least I like to think that they do. These Tiger notebooks may only be available in the UK. I get them from Amazon and get through about one a month. I’m glad I found them. The paper is very good with no show-through and the spiral allows the paper to lie flat. I like to draft with the notebook on my knee rather than the desk. It works for me that way.

Of course the other part of writing is the pen you use. I have a couple of 1940s plunger-fill Onotos and they are excellent for the purpose. They hold a lot of ink and have first class nibs, especially the older ones. I don’t offer Onotos on my sales site very often because I never had much success restoring the filling system. I forget that they offered lever fillers too – from quite early. Rob Parsons has reminded me by sharing photos of a couple of fine examples.

This black hard rubber example has a delightful flex nib which Rob puts to very good use. The slip cap makes it an earlier example. This lever box is unique to Onoto.

This GP Onoto bears a personalisation “MD 12-12-38” which dates it nicely and suggests that it was a presentation pen. Like so many of these plated pens, ink has attacked the metal closest to the nib. Are inks so caustic nowadays? Rob tells me it took some work to get it right but it’s a pleasure to use now.

4 thoughts on “Onotos

  1. The few Onotos in my care have wonderful nibs, expressive and smooth. Also, I particularly like the extended profile of the section in the earlier models, which is particularly comfortable. Like all the other British pens you bring to our notice: “When shall their glory fade?”

  2. Deb. The BCHR one , and to an extent the gold one, has the most awesome flexible stub nib.

    I can’t put it down….I love writing with it so much.
    And as usual, I’m going ……” if this was my only pen, I’d be completely satisfied 🤗”

    1. Here’s a sad story. Before I could restore pens I picked them up from time to time. One was an early twenties Onoto with a glorious oblique stub. I used it as a dip pen. Years later I had it repaired and I was even more delighted with it. Then a perverse notion came upon me to sell it. I did and have regretted it ever since. Best pen I ever had.

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