A masterpiece of design and craftsmanship
For years, the 1937 Onoto Magna has been the prized possession of many pen collectors. Renowned for its style and balance and of course, for its plunger-filling system, the Onoto Magna had no equals – until now! Today, the recently introduced Magna Plunger-filler range brings together all the style and iconic design elements of its predecessor as well as the remarkable plunger-filling mechanism.
And now, here’s an exclusive silver overlay edition by the world famous overlay craftsman, Henry Simpole.
Henry’s delicate silver filigree work is the stunning focus of this edition of the Magna Plunger-filler. Hand-crafted in his London studios in sterling silver, each overlay is fully hallmarked and includes the words ‘Onoto The Pen’ cleverly but subtly interwoven through the vines and leaves that make up the design.
A superb pedigree
Stylish, elegant and tactile, this new edition of the Magna Plunger-filler has a superb pedigree and follows a proud Onoto tradition of Art Nouveau silver pen overlays dating back to the 1910s. Yet it was the astonishing plunger-filling mechanism first devised by George Sweetser and Evelyn De La Rue in 1905 that helped put Onoto at the forefront of pen manufacture in the 20th century.
The plunger-filler was eventually withdrawn in the 1950s partly because of the cost of manufacturing such an intricate mechanism and partly because of the fashion for more streamlined pens. However, it remained a firm favourite with Onoto enthusiasts and collectors around the world, and now, following many requests, the creation of a new Onoto Magna with a true plunger-filling mechanism has become a reality.
The Onoto Magna Plunger-filler has an impeccable lineage and has been developed using original Onoto drawings: the same classic design; the same chevron clip; the same plunger-filler vacuum system. However, key components are now made from better materials than those which existed 60 years ago. For example, the plunger rod is made of carbon fibre; the cup valves are a special silicone rubber and there's an ingenious 3 washer seal that we believe gives a much longer life than the original cork seals. This makes the brand new Onoto Magna range virtually maintenance free.
Huge ink capacity
What’s more, the ink capacity is 3 mls, more than 4 times the capacity of a standard K5 converter or cartridge, so you have much longer writing time than most modern fountain pens.
Cut off valve prevents leaking
And, just like the original plunger-filler, The Magna Plunger-filler also features a cut-off valve which seals the ink reservoir when the pen isn't in use. Simply turn the valve by half a turn and it's ready to write!
18ct gold size 7 nib
As well as being beautiful, this new Onoto overlay is a wonderful writing instrument with the famous 18ct gold size 7 Onoto nib –available in Fine, Medium or Broad.
And if you prefer to use a special nib – an italic, stub or oblique, for example – we offer a service by one of the UK’s leading nib-masters to grind a custom nib to your specification. Just complete your requirements in the shopping cart.
Personalise your pen
We can engrave the barrel with your name or initials for a small additional charge. Just complete your requirements in the shopping cart.
Produced in a strictly limited edition of 100 in Sterling Silver, each Magna Plunger-filler Simpole Overlay is engraved with the edition number next to the English silver hallmarks on the overlay and confirmed by the engraved silver button in the end of the barrel.
As with all modern Onotos, it comes with a lifetime guarantee. If there is ever a problem with your pen, just return it to us and we will repair it for you free of charge. (See guarantee card for full details. Does not apply to accidental damage.)
Special booklet & Certificate of Authenticity
Each Onoto Magna Plunger-filler Simpole Overlay edition comes with a special booklet on Henry Simpole – the silversmith and craftsman behind this very special Onoto pen. In addition you will receive the following: a Certificate of Authenticity showing the limited edition number, an Onoto History booklet, a blotter, a care leaflet, an explanation of English hall-marks, and a cleaning cloth to keep your pen in superb glittering condition!
Made in England
The Onoto Magna Plunger-filler range is completely hand-made in England and bears the words:
ONOTO THE PEN
Made in England
engraved on the barrel just like many of the vintage Onoto pens of the last century when famous patrons like Winston Churchill, Ernest Shackleton, Natsume Soseki and Field Marshall Haig relied on their Onoto pens to communicate great words of wisdom. Click here for more information on the history of Onoto pens.