Saturday, November 13, 2021

Otto Hutt Design 02 Mechanical Pencil & Hallmarks

Dragged into the 21st Century by Otto Hutt.

Sterling Silver. It really is incomparable if you like a lustrous shiny writing instrument, and for an added bonus you often get lovely British hallmarks, those little symbols that reveal so much about who and when your object was made.

Otto Hutt Design 02 Mechanical Pencil
Otto Hutt Design 02 Mechanical Pencil

Once whilst aimlessly wandering the internet I came across Otto Hutt, the German brand of luxury writing instruments and was intrigued by their sterling silver options. A German competitor to Yard-O-Led, albeit a modern one? I noted that as required by UK law, their products were fully British hallmarked when sold via UK retailers, and so I sent my GBP to the other side of the world and duly received back an Otto Hutt Design 02 Sterling Silver Mechanical pencil. It is serial number 02-4060, just for the record. Imagine my annoyance when I instantly noted the lack of any hallmarks!! Instead there was just the usual sort of manufacturers marking “925 GERMANY”. Very annoying.

Ripped off! Taken for a ride! Polite but stern messages to the retailer ensued. Soon my face was red with embarrassment. You see, I was unaware that two decades ago, unlike me, the UK assay offices joined the 21st century and introduced the new fangled option of laser engraved hallmarks.

Spot the hallmarks on the Otto Hutt, the lower of the two pencils

The obviousness of physically hammer struck old style hallmarks versus the deliberate unobtrusiveness of modern laser engraved ones.

Near invisibility. It is all a matter of angle. The laser hallmarking is very unobtrusive and frequently only obvious to the untrained naked eye unless the light is striking it at certain angles.


Vikram said...

Neat! I like the design of the older hammered hallmarks on the flat sides of the YOL, but somehow it seems like the new laser-engraved ones on the Otto fit its more futuristic design better.

Glad to see you're back! :)

Kiwi-d said...

Hi Vikram. Good to hear from you. Personally I prefer the stamped, but it did take me time to learn to like them, as sometimes they can seem to be out of place or disfiguring. Certainly laser is the way to go for very thin or delicate objects, and probably for many purely decorative objects. I guess its "horses for courses" :)

Víctor said...

¿Entonces hay que pensar que el grabado del cuerpo es también hecho a láser y no a mano?