About This Model
Parker 21 was first designed as a school pen, a less expensive version of the top selling 51, and it first appeared in 1948. Made of polystyrene plastic, for three years the Mark I, sold pretty well, but had issues with premature ink drying. So, starting in 1952, the Mark IIs appeared, and these became a big seller and model companion to the 51. The Mark IIs had many improvements over the Mark I, gold-filled trim, and a good variety of colors and octanium-tipped nibs. Although the Parker 45 was introduced in 1960, it did not supplant the 21s for five more years. Like 51s, the 21s proved to be very durable, and are easily found today.
The Parker 41 was introduced in 1956, and only survived for two years. It was essentially a brighter-colored 21, and many of their parts are interchangeable. One doesn’t see many 41s these days, and probably didn’t in the late 1950’s, either. Models were changing fast then, and the Super 21 followed the 41 in 1958, and both were superceded by the highly successful 45 in 1960.
About This Pen
This is the classic Parker 21, a 1950s pen with a dark blue plastic barrel and hood, Octanium tubular nib under the hood, “valley” 21 clip, and Lustroloy cap. This pen has gotten almost no use over the years, so does not have the layer of use wear, and the Pi-Glass tube in the aerometric filler is unstained. Its nib is a fast and smooth XF, again typical for the 21. Matching price with useability and durability, the 21 is one of the best buys in all of pendom. Enjoy it, use it hard, toss it in your bag.
Note: the dark spot near the bottom of the cap in the photos is an artifact of light in the photo booth.