The Parker 180s were only made for eight years, 1977-85, but these were lean times for well-made fountain pens. Indeed, they were not just competing with ballpoints, they were a statement: built strong and with a hardy two-way nib to withstand ballpoint writing habits. I’ve always been fond of the 180s, wrote with one for most of the 1990s. These pens are also slimmer than the typical fountain pen, a third of an inch across versus the typical .45-.5″ They came in two nib combinations: extra fine/medium and fine/broad, and carried aerometric fillers. In the early years 180s came in a range of lacquered colors, and metal finishes made in France were added in the early 1980s. Very nice pens, fit well in a slimmer grip, very well balanced writers.