Onoto Magna 1861

This was a very nice gift from a friend (who also happens to be a fan of vintage Bang & Olufsen equipment…) – so it will remain in my collection. However, it’s a beautiful pen that deserved to be seen. This is an Onoto Magna 1861, made in England by the Thomas De La Rue & Company, Limited between 1937 and 1940. The barrel and cap are just transparent enough to be able to see how close you are to running out of ink, which is a nice feature…

One interesting thing about this pen is the plunger filling system, which is explained in detail on Richard Binder’s page. You can also see a video of a similar system on a modern Onoto in action here.

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