Designer of the Spitfire
In the history of aviation, few people have made such an impact as Reginald Mitchell. Known simply as ‘RJ’, Mitchell revolutionised aircraft design in the early years of British aviation and is best-known as the designer of the Spitfire.
For The Aviator, we have turned to one of RJ’s earlier designs, the Supermarine S6B, for inspiration. The sleek, smooth lines of the S6B with its ridged aerodynamic fuselage won the Schneider Trophy in 1931 at a speed of 340mph (547km/h) flying 7 perfect laps of the triangular course over the Solent, between the Isle of Wight and the British mainland. Seventeen days later, another Supermarine S6B flown by the same pilot Flt. Lt. John Boothman broke the world air speed record reaching 407.5mph (655.67km/h).
The evolution from the Schneider Trophy-winning S6B of 1931 into the prototype Spitfire K5054 which first flew in 1936, is obvious. The need for speed and maneuverability were paramount for both - and Mitchell, aided by the power of Rolls Royce engines, achieved them superbly.
Perfect balance and feels
The Aviator is designed and made in England by Onoto’s silversmith/craftsmen in sumptuous solid sterling silver accented with a gold-plated clip. The cap button features the iconic propeller from the Supermarine S6B milled from sterling silver and plated in 23ct gold.
Hold The Aviator and you will marvel at its perfect balance and how tactile it feels. It has real substance and is a joy to hold.
The ridged fuselage of the Supermarine S6B, designed by Mitchell to cool the engine oil, is the inspiration behind the highly tactile barrel and cap of The Aviator. Whether purchased as a gift for someone who loves flying or as a ‘signature’ pen for your own desk, this pen has a great heritage and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity indicating its number in the limited edition of 200. The edition number is also engraved on a button at the end of the barrel.
Onoto nibs – Probably the best on the market
Put ‘pen to paper’ and you’ll be amazed at the smoothness of the exclusive Onoto #7 18 carat gold nib. It’s a true touch of luxury and is available in broad, fine or medium widths to suit your handwriting style.
Custom nibs also available
And if you prefer to use a special nib – an italic, stub or oblique, for example – just let us know, we can grind to your exact specification by one of the UK's leading nib-masters. Just complete your requirements in the shopping cart.
Like all modern Onoto pens, the The Aviator comes with a lifetime guarantee. If there’s ever a problem with your pen, just return it to us and we’ll repair it for you free of charge. (See guarantee card for full details. Does not apply to accidental damage.)
Certificate of Authenticity
The Aviator is being produced in a limited edition of only 200 pens. Each one comes with an Onoto Presentation Box and a signed Certificate of Authenticity, together with an Onoto History booklet, an Onoto blotter and a cleaning cloth to keep your pen in tip-top condition. Also included is a leaflet on “How to care for your Fountain Pen”, and a booklet on English hallmarks explaining the history of these stamps of quality. Look closely at the pen and you’ll see a full set of English hallmarks including the Leopard's Head mark indicating that it has been assayed in London.
A heavyweight pen!
The Aviator Pen weighs in at 95 grams and is perfect for those who like their pens on the heavier side. And of course, all our precious metal pens are designed to have perfect balance and comfort in even the largest hand without the cap being ‘posted’ on the end of the barrel.
Mitchell’s sleek Supermarine S6B design became the model for the prototype Spitfire in 1936 – and the inspiration for The Aviator.
Made in England – with pride
is completely hand-made in England by a group of talented silversmiths using techniques which have changed little over the centuries to create a writing instrument that exudes the finest quality.
For more than 100 years Onoto pens have been used and cherished by famous patrons like Sir Winston Churchill, the Japanese writer, Natsume Soseki and Field Marshall Haig who all relied on their Onoto pens to communicate great words of wisdom. Click here
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Prefer a Rollerball?
The Aviator is available as a Rollerball or Fineliner with at no extra cost. Why not purchase a fountain pen and a rollerball as companion pens?