Parker Duofold Junior

About This Model

Parker's Duofold was the successor to its early pens, the numerous and various Jacknifes and Lucky Curves, appearing first in 1921 and lasting until the late 1930s. Its first transition kept the Lucky Curve name, and its feed, for the first few years, but more importantly effected the shift from ebonite to celluloid, the Dupont brand it called Permanite. Duofolds came in Seniors, Juniors, Ladys, and Juniorettes, as well as desk pens, and are easily recognizable for their “derby” crowns and detailed imprints. Later, starting in 1930, Duofolds adopted tapered barrels and caps, and were now Streamlined Duofolds; their lengths at each model were a few millimeters shorter s well. In the late 1930s, these later Duofolds transitioned into the vertically striped Striped Duofolds, which appeared in two generations, the button-filled models and then, until 1948, as Vacumatic-filled models (now often called Duovacs). There has always been some confusion among the overlapping models of the 1940s, but to me, if it carries a Duofold imprint it’s a Duofold; that plus a Vacumatic-filler makes it a Duovac, the Vacumatic-imprinted vertically striped pens are Vacufolds; but even the experts admit that there are more variants than can be named. Typical for their day, Duofolds generally carry firm to stiff nibs. They were very well-made, solid pens, so are often found today in surprisingly good condition, even after decades of steady use.

About This Pen

This a Duofold Jr from 1925-27, in red Permanite celluloid, the much smaller sibling of the Big Red. It is in unusually good condition for one of the colored Duofolds since they are so often seen with cap and barrel edge cracks. This pen shows almost no wear, except for some light nibbles, and the celluloid is remarkably clean throughout. The gold trim is complete and untarnished, and the Lucky Curve imprint shallow but complete. Wait, there’s more! The real attraction of this pen is its nib — it is a factory flex nib and a truly impressive writer! Yes, it’s firm, it is a Parker, but genuinely flexible. I have loved the Duofold Jr’s for years, because they have all the substance and solid feel of a Duofold but are short enough (4.1”) to fit easily in any pocket or a smaller case. Luckily for you, I wasn’t willing to part with one of mine to keep this. Enjoy it!

This pen is not for sale.