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Onoto Magna Classic Royal Ruby


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#1 View from the Loft

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 11:06

Onoto Magna Classic Royal Ruby

 

OK, I'll admit it.  I saw the photographs of these on the Onoto website and started drooling.  Fortunately for me, these pens became available just as my employer handed me some vouchers as my long service award.  Combine them with the discount that Onoto give for members of the WES, and I could just about justify buying this pen.  Oh wait, I did.

 

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Appearance and Design 10

 

This pen is quite a departure from the rest of the line up of the Magna Classics.  It is manufactured from a glossy acrylic, with the section being from the same material (in contrast to the black section supplied with some of the other colours).  Another difference is that the barrel does not have the usual imprint confirming that you are holding/looking at an Onoto.

The silver furniture provides a striking contrast, and is, in my opinion, far more aesthetically pleasing than gold would have been.

 

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Construction and Quality 9

 

I have one minor gripe – and it is minor but as you are all pen addicts, you will share my pain.  When my pen first arrived, I could not ink it because the barrel stubbornly refused to unscrew.  According to David at Onoto, this is sometimes caused by fumes from solvents.  After a few frustrating days, and just when I thought I was going to have to give up and send it back, cycles of heat and cold did the trick.

 

The pen is beautifully finished, with not a manufacturing mark, burr or anything to be found that shouldn’t be.  Nothing rattles that shouldn’t – indeed, nothing rattles on this pen.  Acrylic it may be, but it doesn’t feel thin or brittle.

 

Weight and Dimensions 9

 

This is a large pen, but very light in weight for the size.  However, I comfortably use it for all day writing sessions, and while I am currently recovering from a thumb injury, it’s the only pen I can use all day.  But fortunately, I have had the pen for long enough to say that for me the balance is perfect unposted (the only pen I post is a Kaweco Sport).

 

Nib and Performance 10

 

The nib in this pen was ground to a CI for me by John Sorowka (included in the overall cost of the pen), and as John has worked on several nibs for me and knows what I like, I would have been very disappointed if it hadn’t been just right when I inked the pen.

I needn’t have worried, it is perfect for me.  Apologies for the writing sample, but my writing is very poor at the moment due to a) the thumb injury and B) lack of sleep.

 

The nib is smooth, and glides over the paper with a tiny amount of feedback.  It’s a wet writer, but that’s how I like them.

 

Filling System and Maintenance 10

 

What can I say?  It’s a cartridge convertor.  I haven’t experienced a problem with it, and should one occur, I know what to do.  I have found that these pens are easier to flush than many others out there, so that’s a bonus.

 

Cost and Value 9

 

Oh how I would love to give this a score of 10.  But I can’t – it is an expensive pen, but a very beautiful pen that writes flawlessly.

However, it arrived well packed in a stunningly beautiful and simple box, burr walnut I believe.  This almost pushed this score back to a 10.

 

Conclusion 9.5

 

A strikingly beautiful, albeit expensive pen, which writes flawlessy.  The Magna Classics are pens that look beautiful, not pieces of jewellery that happen to write.

 

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 11:19

Thank you

 

The nibs are indeed very good. In have a CI-M nib by John.

 

Enjoy your pen.

 

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#3 Montblanc owner and lover

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 11:35

very nice pen,remind me some duofold...just for the global look. Nice review thanks


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#4 The Good Captain

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 15:01

Great pens and there used to be a discount available to members of FPN as well. Check with David.


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Posted 30 June 2013 - 16:07

The acrylic looks like frozen crushed cranberries - lovely.

 

The converters are the very reliable Schmidt K5 and are easy to overhaul if they ever get stiff. The gold coloured ring at the back end of the converter unscrews (it may resist the first time) and it can then be disassembled for cleaning and re-greasing.

 

My Onoto Magna 261 (gold on black chased) shows almost no wear after around a year as a daily writer. Given a buff with a microfibre cloth it looks as good as new. They are very well made and incredibly reliable modern pens, feel satisfying in the hand and are a pleasure to write with.



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Posted 30 June 2013 - 17:20

If only the clips had just a little bit more flexibility, they'd be perfect.


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Posted 30 June 2013 - 20:32

Great review of a lovely pen, thanks



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Posted 30 June 2013 - 23:59

looks very nice, thanks for sharing :thumbup:


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Posted 01 July 2013 - 09:54

Gorgeous pens. I am glad Onoto had the courage to make these. They are reminiscent of the Celluloid Magna's of the 1930's and are so attractive.

 

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 09:55

Good review of the Onoto Royal Ruby - a great looking pen  :thumbup: I note the comments about the silver furniture, however I had mine made with gold furniture and in my opinion it is every bit as aesthetically pleasing  :D


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#11 View from the Loft

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 11:34

Good review of the Onoto Royal Ruby - a great looking pen  :thumbup: I note the comments about the silver furniture, however I had mine made with gold furniture and in my opinion it is every bit as aesthetically pleasing  :D

That's one of the good things about Onoto - they will work with you to deliver the pen that you want and they do listen to their customers.

 

it's a pity my photographs don't do this handsome pen justice.



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Posted 01 July 2013 - 12:16

That's one of the good things about Onoto - they will work with you to deliver the pen that you want and they do listen to their customers.

 

it's a pity my photographs don't do this handsome pen justice.

 

Yes, I find Onoto unique in the way they handle their customers. As for your photographs, they are a lot better than mine would have been  :sick:



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Posted 06 July 2013 - 01:37

If I recall correctly the wood is burl elm. Whatever, it is, it looks great.

 

The ruby resin looks good with the sliver trim, and I suspect it would also look good with either yellow or rose gold.








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