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A Closer Look at My Full-Sized Parker 51 Aerometric

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

My First Parker Vacumatic

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I’ve been keeping an eye out for a Parker Vacumatic for quite some time now. Tonight, I traded in my Kaweco ALSport for it. I wasn’t using the Kaweco much, anyway. I’ve decided to focus my collection on full-length or demi-sized pens, specifically Parkers. I love this pen. I think the Parker 51 is still the smoother writer, but this pen is beautiful and the lines it writes have more character. Review coming up soon. 🙂

Review: Parker 25, Broad

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My quiver has a handful of arrows.

When somebody offered to trade her Parker 25 with my Kaweco Sport, I agreed because I honestly haven’t used that pen in months. I’m learning now that plastic pens aren’t really appealing for me. I thought I’d just add another Parker to my collection of arrows.

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Parker 25 – square clip, tapered bottom.

This morning, I got the Parker 25 with a broad flighter nib in the mail. I bought it because I thought the design was pretty interesting. It looked (for lack of a better term) quite futuristic. The pen has a very streamlined design. It has a slim profile with the end of the barrel tapering off and the rest of the pen feeling pretty much the same width. The pen feels really solid in the hand, it has good heft to it. My first impression was that it felt like it could withstand a lot of abuse.

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Parker 25, uncapped

The body is stainless steel, the section is hard plastic. It feels substantial but well-balanced, neither top not bottom heavy. When you post the pen, it sits on the tapered part of the barrel comfortably and securely. The cap snaps on and off the section and slides onto the end of the barrel when posting. Unlike other Parker pens with the iconic arrow-shaped clip, this one has a squarish clip with the Parker logo on it. This is probably because this pen (which was made in the UK) was marketed towards a younger demographic. They wanted to make a pen that looks modern, with a slim profile, but offers all the benefits of a fountain pen. Needless to say, it became really popular during its time. It had the reputation of being boxy but extremely reliable, a great workhorse of a pen.  Continue reading “Review: Parker 25, Broad”

My Quiver, So Far

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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)

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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.

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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)”

Review: Parker Frontier, Fine

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I got this package in the mail yesterday. I love how my husband puts my packages beside our bed so that when I wake up, it’s like waking up to a surprise. Haha. Anyway, the package contained a Parker Frontier in matte black, with a fine nib, and a small bottle of Parker Quink.

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As I mentioned in my last entries, It looked really similar to my Parker Sonnet, like a diet or trimmed-down version of it. However, this pen is lighter, simpler, and less sophisticated. This isn’t to say that it’s a bad pen. I actually think it’s a pretty good pen for its price point. This particular pen was manufactured in the third quarter of 1993, although the line itself was discontinued in 2012, which is just two years ago.  Continue reading “Review: Parker Frontier, Fine”

Comparison: Parker Sonnet and Parker Frontier

I got a matte black Parker Frontier in the mail this morning and I can’t help but feel a distinct sense of deja vu when I saw it. It kind of reminded me of the Parker Sonnet I got a few weeks back. So I decided to take side by side photos of the pens to check out their similarities and differences.

Note: Pardon the oily finger prints on the barrel, I was snacking on some cheese when I took these photos, haha.

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Parker Sonnet’s at the top of the photo and the Frontier is at the bottom. Eeeeh, sorry for the greasy fingerprints. 🙁 Anyway, They’re about the same length, I would say. The Sonnet is a lot more svelte, though. it also has an almost uniform width around the entire barrel. The Frontier, on the other hand, looks to be a bit chubbier and has a slight bulge around the middle of the barrel. The trims are also wider and more obvious with the Sonnet.

When you hold them, the Sonnet feels heavier and more substantial. It’s really better-balanced than the Frontier. The Sonnet also posts, while the Frontier doesn’t.

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The caps look similar, though I prefer the clip holder design of the Frontier over the Sonnet.  Continue reading “Comparison: Parker Sonnet and Parker Frontier”