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
This 51 Demi is from 1948, the first year of the MKII, or Aerometric filling, 51’s and the first year of the Demi’s. It is in excellent condition, its Cocoa barrel and hood showing almost no wear. The Demi 51’s are not small pens, they are full-sized 51’s that are scaled down .15″ in cap length and .4″ in overall length, and approximately .15″ in girth. They fit very well in a smaller hand as well as a larger hand. The imprint is “made in USA 8”, without the Parker 51 brand. The cap is stainless steel, called Lustraloy, with a plain cap ring. The cap is unmarked and without dents. The nib is Octanium, and writes an exceptionally smooth and wet bold line.