About This Model
After the wild success of the 51 throughout the 1940’s and 50’s, Parker was ready for change by the late 50’s. Their changes were in three major directions — new technology and efficiency with the capillary filling 61, economy with the 51-“lite” 21, and a bit of all of it in the all-new 45. The 45 (yes, named for the revolver that “won the west”) and following the design of Eversharp’s 10,000 which was owned by Parker by this time, revolutionized pen manufacture by introducing refillable and replaceable cartridges and continuing hooded nibs, now with plastic feeds. The 45 Classic had a brushed steel cap, gold-plated clip and cap ring, and a plastic body and section that was available in numerous colors. In addition, they were all one size, 5 3/8” long capped, longer and slimmer than 51’s and 21’s, with both ends tapered.
About This Pen
Parker 45s Flighters were introduced in 1964, after the 45’s unexpectedly large success proved to Parker that the 45 didn’t have to only be a discount pen. The Flighter is essentially a 45 Classic with steel cap and barrel; they came with chrome trim and gold trim, and are a bit heavier and more substantial than the Classics. This Flighter is a CT (chrome trim) with a black plastic tassie and section. The cap grips firmly. The pen is in very good overall condition, but there are two long scratches on the section, possibly from the cap. The nib is fine. The pen comes with an original (empty) Parker cartridge. 45s were the ultimate workhorse pen in the 1960s, and sold by the million. There are more details about 45s in the main Parker 45 listing.