The Hamlet Pen from Onoto: To be O’NOTO be?

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400 years ago, the Bard had a vision. In his play “The Tragedies of Hamlet”, he made his vision clear and tried to foretell the arriving of ONOTO. However, this famous quote “To be O’NOTO be” had never been edited correctly by many printers, who did not really understand Shakespeare’s vision… until the birth of ONOTO…

Of course, we made it up.


We would like to present you the ultimate pen that pays tribute to the Bard, and his famous character Hamlet, the Prince of Demark, available in a limited edition of 100.

The design of this Hamlet pen is centred around the “skull”. The pattern on the sterling silver cap band is based on the decoration from the Hamlet first folio (1623), with an added twist to incorporate the crowned skulls, referencing to the themes of death and skull imagery in the play.

The black and white pinstripes were artfully chosen to remind the pen owners that life may not be black and white but it sure helps us act faster if at times we perceive it as such.



The Hamlet pen is based on the shape and style of the 1937 Onoto Magna and features a silver broad cap band engraved with a custom designed skull pattern reminiscent of the play.

The blending of black and pearlescent white in a single pen was created using a special fusion-bonding technique. The black and white theme with the skull motifs were artfully chosen to remind the pens owner that life may not be black and white but it sure helps us act faster if at times we perceive it as such.

The pen is finished off with the famous Onoto cypher cap button and made available in a limited edition of 100.



Material: High-density acrylic with sterling silver fittings
Nib: Onoto size 7 in gold-plated stainless steel
Cap fittings: Hallmarked sterling silver band
Button – sterling silver with Onoto cipher
Clip – sterling silver with Onoto cipher
Barrel fittings: Sterling silver button

Capped (closed): 144mm

Uncapped including nib: 127mm

Posted including nib: 166mm

Barrel diameter: 11 – 13.2mm

Cap diameter: 14 – 15.8mm

Cap length: 67mm

Weight: 25gms or 32gms

Nib Options:

Gold-plated stainless steel or 18ct carat gold
Fine, medium or broad nib as standard
Customised stub, italic or other styles available to order

Ink feed: Converter (provided) or standard European cartridge

Upgrade to Plunger-Filler available

Rollerball conversion: Conversion kit available to order separately



All of our deliveries will be tracked and insured. The delivery charges are based on destinations:

UK under £50 – standard: £4.99 + vat; upgrade to Courier delivery: £9.99+vat
UK over £50 – standard: Free; upgrade to Courier delivery: £9.99+vat
EU – standard: 14.99+vat; upgrade to Courier delivery: £24.99+vat
Rest of World – standard: £19.99 no vat; upgrade to Courier delivery: £29.99 no vat

EU countries include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

Items with standard specifications, i.e. no options are chosen, will normally be dispatched within 2-3 working days. Delivery lead time can be delayed in some circumstances. For example if you have requested personalisation of your order such as engraving or change of fittings.

If for any reason we are unable to meet our delivery commitments, we will contact you with a revised estimated delivery date or offer you the option to cancel or select other goods.

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