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 is an excellent example of a working 51 — not fancy, but in very nice condition and an excellent writer. It is a MKI black “T6”, made in 1946 in Parker’s transitional factory, and it carries a 1945 nib. Use wear is evident under the shiny surface, and there are a couple of visible marks, but nothing significant. The Lustroloy cap is smooth, with a couple of shallow scratches and one dent that is felt but not seen. The pen’s Vacumatic filler works well, and writes a wet enough, smooth enough fine. A good pen, ready for its next generations of use.