Parker 51

1948
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 5.4″ long, but there are also 5″ long demis. 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

The Parker 51 is from 1948, the first year of the MKII Aerometric filler. The “Made in USA 8” imprint is quite clear. It is a very nice user pen, with some scratches that did not polish out, but the Lustraloy cap is wonderfully shiny. This pen’s only flaw, and the cause of its lower price, is that the aerometric filling unit is quite worn for some reason. That doesn’t show, however… The nib is Octanium, and writes a very fast and smooth fine.

Price: $80 Sold