Parker 51

About This Model

The Parker 51 is generally agreed to be one of the genuinely iconic fountain pens, for its timeless design, revolutionary construction, efficiency, unparalleled durability, and for being a great writer.  It is also among the most sold pens of all time, having been available from 1941 until the early 1970’s, manufactured in plants around the world, and sold millions.  Within each major model there are myriad combinations of color, cap, and other details that have made collecting 51s a serious sport around the world. 51s are available in two lengths: the typical 51 is 5 3/8″ long, but there are also demis, 4 13/16″ long. They are excellent writers, hold a great deal of ink, and are great shirt/jacket pocket pens. Parker 51s are readily available today, although some of their colors and cap patterns are rare.

About This Pen

This Parker 51 is a Vacumatic filler, a MKI from 1947, marked “T7”. As noted before, 1946-7 was when Parker built its new factory in Janesville, using an old tractor factory for the transition, hence the “T” (with thanks to David Nishimura’s research, these are now known to not be Toronto pens). It’s a very nice user pen, restored very well. The Vacumatic filler is strong. The cap is Lustraloy, in very nice condition. Close inspection of the dark cordovan body will reveal a few deep black stains of unknown origin, very hard to see except in bright light and unwilling to be completely removed. Their presence has been accommodated in the pen’s price. In addition, there is a tiny dimple at the tip of the hood that I believe was in its original manufacture. The nib is a fine, writes well. Another very nice user pen, enjoy it!

Price: $80 Sold