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Otto Hutt writing instruments: Bauhaus style for your writing pleasure

When thinking about making German pens, if your mind immediately turns to brands such as Pelikan, Lamy, Montblanc, Faber Castelland other legendary companies, it’s time to add Otto Hutt to the list. Founded in 1920 in the German jewelry epicenter Pforzheim, it produced – and continues to produce – Bauhaus-inspired pens and other small accessories.

Design by Otto Hutt c

A lot has happened in the last hundred plus years. In the 1960s, Otto, the son of founder Karl Hutt, took over the management of the company. Later still, Robert E. Huber GmbH revived the brand. And although the company has since moved from its first location to a larger facility, still in Pforzheim (but now with over 70 employees), many of the artisan skills employed in those early years are still used in a one way or another today.

“One of the most traditional jewelry-making techniques is guillochage,” says managing director and owner Marco Frei, who, together with Nicole Klingel, overhauled Otto Hutt’s product line and manufacturing processes. Otto Hutt continues to both hand craft this time-tested signature art form and utilizes modern CNC machinery in its contemporary execution.

Guilloche by CNC machine at Otto Hutt

All construction of Otto Hutt’s pens – fountain pens, rollerballs, ballpoint pens and pencils – takes place in-house at the town’s manufactory on the edge of the Black Forest. This includes electroplating, varnishing and polishing before embarking on a series of stringent steps to ensure the quality of every pen that leaves the premises.

Otto Hutt writing instruments

Writing instruments are listed by number, with collections 01 to 09 currently available. Although close in their Bauhaus leanings, each pen series features distinctive details including shape, materials and decoration that make it unique.

“Otto Hutt’s 01 and 02 designs go back to the roots of the company, while the 03 design is an adaptation of the style of writing instruments from the 1940s,” explains Frei.

Design by Otto Hutt 08

But it’s the C-design fountain pen, and later the design 08which charted a new course for Otto Hutt.

Both were designed by an award-winning German designer Marc Brown, who has worked with a number of renowned brands, including the watch company Nomos Glashütte. Braun, for example, was responsible for the appearance of the Metro Nomos Glashütte.

Design by Otto Hutt C

Design C was created in recognition of the company’s 100th anniversary and can best be described, I think, as a prime example of great artistic expression paired with precision craftsmanship – with a touch of the game of notable words.

Fountain pen Otto Hutt design c

Its innovative Pull+Twist™ fill mechanism requires a “slow pull” that brings the Pull+Twist mechanism into the fill position, while turning it clockwise creates a vacuum inside the fountain pen , sucking up the ink.

The cylindrical pen is devoid of decoration except for a single 18-carat gold index, one on the body and one on the cap, which replaces the classic clip. When aligned, the cap can be engaged.

Otto Hutt design c leather case

The pen comes in a stylish silver box, also designed by Braun, and a German leather pen case and bottle of ink are included inside. There are 500 pieces in this limited edition, each with an 18k gold nib.

Design by Otto Hutt 08

The Otto Hutt design 08 fountain pen also uses the Pull+Twist filling mechanism, and its decor features guilloche lines throughout its ruthenium-coated surface, reinterpreting the age-old technique in a contemporary way.

Ink filling in the Otto Hutt design c pen

The almost mesmerizing design is rotated 90 degrees on the cap and on the rotating cylindrical finial, serving as an indicator of the proper position to remove the cap and also activate the filling system.

Design by Otto Hutt 08

The spring-loaded mechanical clip is another example of precision craftsmanship, as is the cap: when closed, the pen’s limited-edition number is perfectly aligned with the back of the 18-karat gold nib. The grip section is made of stainless steel coated with matte black PVD.

The design pen Otto Hutt 08

“Every detail has been meticulously planned,” says Frei, adding that the 08 design best demonstrates the spirit of the brand in its construction and purpose. “In total, the fountain pen consists of 25 parts, of which only seven are visible. Design 08 embodies an attitude where fine craftsmanship and high technology claim their place in our daily culture, our way of life.

The Otto Hutt design cap 08

For more information, please visit www.ottohutt.com.

Quick Facts Otto Hutt Design C
Cap and body: 925 sterling silver
Nib: 18 carat gold
Limitation: 500 pens
Price: $4,250

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