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Churchill Style: The Art of Being Winston Churchill by Barry Singer
Onoto Onoto: The British Pen

Founded in 1905, the Onoto Pen Company and it’s self-filling, plunger “safety” fountain pens were an immediate success; one of the very few 100% British pen makers prior to World War I. “Send me…a new Onoto pen,” Winston Churchill wrote to his wife Clementine shortly after his arrival in the trenches of France. “I have stupidly lost mine. Send me also lots of love and many kisses.”

Onoto Pens
The Bachelors’ Club of London was Churchill’s first club membership at the age of twenty in 1895. It also was the source of his preferred writing instruments during his earliest years as a professional writer. Loathing the pens in India, Churchill beseeched his mother in a February 1898 letter to send him a box from the Bachelors’ Club “of the sort I like. The Hall porter knows. They cost 4/- but are very good.” Churchill’s first documented pen purchases were Swan fountain pens from Mabie, Todd & Baird, Pen Makers, in 1905 (at 10s. 6d. each). During World War I he would use an Onoto pen.
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