Parker 51 Demi

1951
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

Demi-sized Parker 51s, while not rare, are not seen as often as the standard sized pen. They are a touch more than ⅛” shorter than the full-size, and the diminution is in both barrel and cap. The Demis (MKIII) also pioneered Parker’s use of the new “U” shaped filling unit. This pen, from 1951, is in Burgundy, and is very attractive with its ribbed gold-filled cap. It shows some micro-wear from use, but is in very clean, shiny condition; there is also a small, professionally imprinted personalization for Charles Pechulis. The nib is from 1951, probably original to this pen, and writes a smooth fine. (Notwithstanding the filling unit’s imprinted instruction to use Superchrome Ink, please do not — Superchrome turned out to be one of Parker’s few pen-killing mistakes). A very nice Demi, elegant but an everyday pen!

This pen is not for sale.