The Spitfire Pen – Available to Pre-Order Online
The Spitfire Pen
Onoto are proud and excited to present the Spitfire pen, a collaborative project in conjunction with provenance brand, TMB Art Metal of London, to celebrate the Royal Air Force’s iconic aircraft, the Supermarine Spitfire, produced in time to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in 2020.
A limited edition of 100 fountain pens, followed by 100 roller ball, are being crafted using Duralumin (a form of aluminium) originating from 1940 Battle of Britain Spitfire “P7350”. In celebration of the Spitfire’s sleek curves, the pen’s basic design features a gentle radius throughout, the cap being crowned by a propeller spinner, with the clip, made of bronze, in the form of a propeller blade. The overall effect comprises a triumphant amalgamation of form, function and history.
Every pen will be engraved “Made of P7350”, in tribute to the metal of which it is formed, and limited edition numbered. The pens will be issued in a high-quality case, this fitted with a plate cut from ex-P7350 Duralumin skinning, engraved with the pen’s details.
A tribute to one of the finest and most iconic machines ever created, the Supermarine Spitfire. The polished Duralumin is very tactile to the touch, with a comforting warm feel.
Using 80 year old Spitfire metal for a new purpose creates minor surface imperfections from the casting process on many of the pens. This adds to their uniqueness, fascination and charm. In addition, the beautifully crafted rose-gold colour bronze clips haven’t been plated or lacquered, so will tarnish – we leave it to the proud Custodians to re-polish them to a bright finish or allow them to dull gracefully with age, this ultimately resulting in a deep rich brown patination.
As with all old machines, to maintain them in tip top operational condition and preserve them for the years to come it’s necessary to perform a degree of mechanical replacement, and in 2008 P7 underwent a refurbishment programme, during which a quantity of original Duralumin components were removed, namely her wing main spar plus various pieces of outer skinning and structure.
TMB acquired this material directly from the The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) and it is of this original, genuine 1940 ex-P7350 provenance metal that our collaborative Onoto – TMB Spitfire P7350 pens are crafted.
These historic pens will be priced at £1,995 inc VAT (UK VAT will not be applied for orders outside of the UK/EU). However, prior to publicity and official release on 8th July 2019, we will be taking pre-orders at a special price of £1,795 inc VAT, reserving limited edition numbers on a first come first served basis, many of the edition already being allocated. The pens are expected to become available in September this year.