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Onoto Seem To Be Back?!?!?!

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#1 ralfstc

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Posted 26 April 2017 - 21:13

Hi folks,

 

I'm afraid I rather lost track of all the news concerning Onoto, but thought that you might be interested to know that the website is currently alive and kicking, and I was able to order a Magna just the other day. Does this make it a zombie-zombie-pen-company?

 

Sorry if this has already been discussed to death!!!

 

R.



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Posted 26 April 2017 - 22:05

I thank you for alerting us to the new models available on the website.  I watched the site for new arrivals until I was convinced I had imagined them being available.  It is a pleasure to see them & I hope this is the beginning of many more to come.



#3 richardandtracy

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Posted 27 April 2017 - 12:17

The Amber Pearl Magna Classic looks gorgeous.

 

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#4 david6

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Posted 30 April 2017 - 13:31

The Amber Pearl Magna Classic looks gorgeous.
 
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Richard


I've been lusting after that colour pen ever since James showed it to me last year - it's stunning!

#5 PeterBeoworld

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 21:41

They have changed some design features - the Doctor's pen has a reworked clip and replaces a single silver band with two thin silver and one gold. Shame to see plunger filler has gone.


Edited by PeterBeoworld, 05 May 2017 - 21:41.


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Posted 06 May 2017 - 00:42

The Amber Pearl Magna Classic looks gorgeous.
 
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Richard


... Especially the chased version!

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 10:06

Price of the Onoto Magna Classic pens seems to have gone up a lot in price. The.basic price looks ok but to upgrade to a gold nib is now very expensive and then there's the cost of having added weight to the pen. Far to pricey for me sadly.

#8 praxim

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 10:20

Is the extra weight available as a spare part?
Anyone owning three or more working pens is in no position to disparage choices by others.

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 14:47

Beautiful pens !

But I'm somewhat confused  : are there any fountain pens left which feature their famous plunger filler system?

I've checked on several versions, but all these are convertor/cartridge….

Francis



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Posted 07 May 2017 - 16:12

The modern company has only made a few very very expensive plunger versions, which is too bad because that really is the hallmark of Onotos. I don't know if there are plans to do it again.

 

I bought a steel nibbed magna a couple of weeks ago, to "top off" my collection of vintage Onotos. It's a handsome pen, but AJ50 is correct that upgrades are all quite pricey.

 

As for the weight as a spare part, the contact form of the website works well, and I think you could expect a reply from the incredibly helpful Mr Li within 24 hours.

 

R.



#11 praxim

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Posted 08 May 2017 - 07:23

I too was disappointed at the lack of a modern plunge filler. While they are attractive pens they do not grab me as being Onotos.

 

Several months ago I frivolously correlated measures of price, weight and year for all of my pens, discovering that weight increased with year and, still more significantly, price increased with weight. Onoto selling weight as an add-on seemed to me the apotheosis of the trend.


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#12 ralfstc

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Posted 08 May 2017 - 14:25

Praxim, interesting! Did you use constant dollars?

 

R.



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Posted 08 May 2017 - 19:42

Oh my. The amber is beautiful, but sadly now way, way out of my reach. The green pearl that I ordered at the London Show last year is likely to be my last Onoto.

A fine example of aspirational pricing.

#14 praxim

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Posted 08 May 2017 - 23:38

Praxim, interesting! Did you use constant dollars?

 

R.

 

No. Oz dollars paid in 2016-2017. However (and not to address it too seriously) the scatterplot held up through the latter decades.

 

Having since bought some modern light Auroras as well as an original Onoto Magna, I think there might today be more deviation today.

 

Despite my mild digs at weight-for-dollars, Onoto's (modern) action makes sense to me. Why not have the pen tailored to your preferences for weight and balance, when this can be done without visual impact?


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#15 fountainbel

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 12:19

 

Onoto's (modern) action makes sense to me. Why not have the pen tailored to your preferences for weight and balance, when this can be done without visual impact?

 

Skipping the choice for buying their excellent plunger filler does not look a wise commercial decision to me……..

Francis 







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