Parker 51

1947
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 51 is a MKI, i.e. has a Vacumatic filler, a very nice pen. Its date code is “T7”, meaning 1947 from the temporary factory in Janesville (not from Toronto, as David Nishimura’s research confirmed). Its dark blue barrel and hood show evidence of use in micro-scratches, although it cleaned and polished up well. The cap is an era-correct “stacked coin” variety, Lustraloy with a raised band of parallel lines that resemble thin coins, and nickel-plated trim. The trim shows some wear; the nickel proved to not be as durable as gold or stainless. These caps are not rare but not seen all the time. The nib is 14k gold, correct for the pen, and is a fine; it is great for fast note taking.

Price: $85 Sold