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 5.4″ 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 is a typical Parker 51, Mark 1, in Cedar Blue, from 1943.  It is in very nice user condition, without a lot of micro-scratching. There are some stress marks on the blind cap, perhaps showing that it was turned on too tightly during earlier years. The Lustraloy cap is clear of scratches and dents, but does show an area of light bleaching which is not easily seen. All in all, an excellent example of a wartime pen. It writes a very smooth extra fine, and is an extraordinarily fast writer. This will be the perfect note-taking pen!


This pen is not for sale.