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De La Rue Onoto 6235 Fp & Pencil
Posted 17 April 2011 - 22:24
While the newer pens faithfully reproduce the looks of the older pens, they don't utilise the vacuum filling system on the De La Rue pens of the pre-WW2 period. These do tend to be a little bit fiddly, and difficult to get the seals right when servicing, but repaired pen works as well as any modern filling system. Some models (those with the conical-ended plunger) feature an ink cut-off, where the filler knob needs half a turn to open the valve so that the pen can be used.
The FP is slender and the grip even thinner, which makes this pen feel archaic and a little bit like a quill pen. This is exacerbated if the cap is posted - the pen becomes 18.5cm (7.25in) long! The ink shut-off valve means it is more useful for thoughtful or extended writing.
The pencil is obviously from a time when manufacturers were making pencils that just about matched but in reality were marketed to be bought separately by a different market. The Onoto pencil is pretty much standard fare for pencils of this era; I have seen many no-name pencils that look much the same as this one; the twist-action works on the brass end, and the pencil is fairly short, even compared to fountain pens of shorter length than the 6235. I'm not sure if it was available in a chased version, hence the caveat at the top about it being a 'best match'. It works perfectly well, but is no match for holding and writing with the FP.
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 02:39
Posted 18 April 2011 - 19:43
You may be interested to know that we had the first prototype of a brand new Onoto plunger filler FP on display at the Northern Pen Show yesterday.
Everyone said we should try to make one... and we do listen to what you say! It's still very much at the prototype stage, but we are very pleased with the mechanics and it looks as though we will have a retail version ready for the autumn.
I'll keep you posted on this forum re release dates etc.
Posted 18 April 2011 - 20:05