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 MKI, i.e. has a Vacumatic filler, a very attractive pen. It is from 1947, a very nice user pen. It has seen solid use, and has a fair amount of micro-scratching in its Dove Grey barrel and hood. However, even in the lighter color plastic there are no disfiguring marks; it polished up very nicely. Similarly, the ⅛ Karat gold-filled cap is very attractive and shiny, but also shows use wear and has one small dent just east of the clip that is not noticeable if you don’t know it’s there. The nib is a typical 51 extra fine — finer than Parker’s fine, not as extra fine as some. It’s a very good writer, very attractive pen for daily use.
Price: $85 Sold