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Review: Cedar Blue Parker 51, F-M


Last year, I set up an appointment with one of Fountain Pen Network Philippines’ nibmeisters so that I can get my Waterman Hemisphere which I handed to him at a pen meet for flow adjustment. At that time I was anxious about meeting him outside of a big pen meet because I was extremely shy. My husband and I went to Magnum Opus early to get a seat. A few minutes after, JP arrived. He gave me my Waterman Hemisphere which, of course, wrote perfectly after he adjusted the ink flow (it was gushing like a squealing teen in a Justin Bieber concert) and made it write like the wet medium that it was supposed to. Instead of heading home immediately after, I was pleasantly surprised that he brought along some of his vintage pens. He opened up his pen case and showed me each of them, explaining what they were, what era they came from, what materials they were made of, etcetera. It was my first mini pen meet. 🙂

At that time, I was only beginning to discover vintage Parker pens. I had a grey aerometric Parker 51 demi which I adored, but I haven’t seen any other vintage pens yet. Of the lot that he showed me, two stood out as the most beautiful (for me, at least)–a Parker Vacumatic Junior in golden brown and a cedar blue Parker 51. I enjoyed that meet a lot. JP was like a cool uncle showing me wonderful treasures that I previously only read about.

Fast forward to a few months after. These two pens (the brown Vacumatic and the cedar blue 51) are now part of my permanent collection of vintage Parkers. I am a happy camper. 🙂


The first time I saw this pen, I already thought that it was beautiful. The second look still gave me the butterflies in my stomach. Parker 51s are so understated and classic in their beauty. This one is pretty different from the ones that I have, though, because it has a blue diamond. Design clues tell me that this pen was manufactured in the second quarter of 1946. During that time, the FCC hasn’t yet banned the use of lifetime guarantees for Parker’s pens. That’s what the blue diamond stood for–the commitment of Parker to make pens that will last a lifetime. Since somehow this pen found its way to my hands almost 70 years after and it’s still working perfectly, I’d say that Parker’s guarantee is spot on.

(L to R) Parker 88 Rialo, 51 aerometric, 21, 51 gold-filled vacumatic, cedar blue 51 vac, 51 special, 75, Vacumatic Major in Azure Blue Pearl, Vacumatic Junior in Golden Brown

This particular generation of Parker 51 is pretty interesting because you can see how it transitioned to a different clip design used by the later 51s.

(L-R) Vacumatic Azure Blue Pearl, Cedar Blue Parker 51, Parker 51 Vacumatic

As you can see in a photo above, the clip sports the arrow that is reminiscent of the art deco movement. The pen in the middle and the right are both Parker 51s but the clip of the Cedar Blue P51 (middle) is more similar to the clip of the Azure Blue Pearl, which was from a completely different generation of pens.


These two pens, even if they come from different generations have very similar clip designs. The Parker 51 was transitioning from the era of the blue vacumatic.


This pen is filled through a vacumatic filling system. In the early 1940s, Parker stopped using metal components in their plungers and instead used celluloid plungers with no metal trims on the threaded collar. Metal was scarce during those times because of the war effort. This pen has a metal thread because by the time it was manufactured, the war was already over.  Continue reading “Review: Cedar Blue Parker 51, F-M”

A Closer Look at My Full-Sized Parker 51 Aerometric


I wrote yesterday that I traded one of my demi-sized Parker 51’s for this full-sized 51. It’s basically the same as my demi, except it’s bigger and the aerometric converter holds more ink and is encased in a steel shell instead of just a clamp.


The date code on it shows that it’s from 1959, I think my demi is a bit older.The cap is also lustraloy, and the arrow clip is virtually the same, just bigger.  Continue reading “A Closer Look at My Full-Sized Parker 51 Aerometric”

Traded: Parker 51 Demi for a Full-sized Parker 51

Full-sized Parker 51 (top) and a Parker 51 special (bottom)

One of my favorite pens is my trusty ole navy grey Parker 51 Demi. I don’t generally like fine nibs but on Parker 51’s, I love them. The nibs are smooth and they’re wet and reliable writers. I bought a mint Parker 51 special (also in navy gray, pictured above) and it has a fine nib too. The only difference it has with my Parker 51 Demi is that the pen above has a black jewel and an octanium nib. My demi has a gold nib. Also the cap on my demi is lustraloy. Everything else looks the same. According to the date code on this pen, it’s made in 1959. Like my demi, it also has a gold nib and a grayish jewel on the cap.

Parker 51 special on top, Parker 51 Demi at the bottom.

My friend Lexie has a full-sized, black Parker 51 which seems to have a medium nib. It looks like a medium to broad to me, even. She loves it too, but she really prefers a fine nib, and I really prefer the fire hydrant wet medium. So we swapped, plus a bit of cash to offset the price difference. My demi’s on its way to her by tomorrow. 🙂

I have to admit that I’m loving the full-sized P51. It’s large and a  bit more noticeable than the demi. Just a bit more girth and it would already be a bit painful for me to use for long writing. As it is, it sits comfortably enough in my hand. The demi is a better fit for the size of my hand (it’s my pen of choice for long writing), but this large pen is not uncomfortable at all and it’s gonna go well with my current collection of full-sized pens. Besides, if I should ever miss the demi, I still have the Parker 51 special in my daily carry.

I love the way Parker 51s look. They’re no-nonsense and very simple-looking, in a classic kind of way. I’m not surprised it still holds the record for the most number of fountain pens sold in history. The official tally is over 20 million, but since they stopped counting after that, the number could be closer to 50 million.

Blast from the Past – Parker 51 Special

Mint, new old stock, Parker 51 Special set with glossy cap and black jewel. Navy Grey, Fine Nib, complete with box.

Parker 51 has been my favorite since I first owned one a few months ago. I totally love how it writes, looks and feels. I bought this mint set of Parker 51 Special (which of course works perfectly right out of the box), and I was so happy not just with the pen but with the pencil. It is so cool. The twist action is so smooth and feels solid. The pencil itself it kind of on the heavy side. Amazing how a pen and pencil from the 50’s survived in such great condition. The box is pretty cool too. I’m definitely keeping it.

I have to admit that it writes almost the same as my Parker 51 Demi, but owning a vintage pen that’s in mint, NOS (New Old Stock) condition certainly is quite different than owning one that looks really used.  Continue reading “Blast from the Past – Parker 51 Special”

My Quiver, So Far

L to R: Frontier (F), Sonnet (M), 45 (F), 45 Harlequin ballpoint pen, 51 (F)

So far, I am enjoying collecting Parker pens and learning about them. The entry-level pens are quite affordable and are, at the same time, really good writers. I didn’t include my jotters, I didn’t want to dig them out for the photo. 🙂 Hopefully I can get more vintage Parkers with medium nibs, someday.

Review: Parker 51 Demi, Navy Grey (Fine)


Yesterday, I got my second vintage Parker pen in the mail. It’s the Parker 51 Demi in Navy Grey with a Fine nib. As I said in previous posts, I don’t really like using fine nibs as I find that the shading is more prominent with medium nibs. I like generous ink flow on my pens, and I generally find fine nibs to be scratchy, dry writers. The only fine nibbed pen that I appreciated was the Waterman Crusader (which reminds me that I haven’t reviewed that yet). Today, all that changed when I got the Parker 51 in the mail.


I read in a forum that I frequent that any self-respecting fountain pen collector worth his salt should have a Parker 51 in his collection, and since I’ve been enjoying Parker pens these past few days, I decided to try this one out. It’s hard to describe my first impression of this pen. I was a little half-hearted about it because it had a fine nib, but it felt so great in my hand. It’s not too small (like the jotter) and not to big either. It’s a tad on the light side, but the build is just really solid on this pen.

A Parker Demi 51 is a smaller or “lady” version of the full-sized 51. I admit that holding this pen made me want to look for a full-sized 51 to add to my collection. The color is something I don’t see in modern Parkers anymore–Navy Grey.  Continue reading “Review: Parker 51 Demi, Navy Grey (Fine)”