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

An English 51 from the 1950s, this pen is in English bloody red with a gold-filled cap, to me one of the more elegant color combinations. The Aerometric filler works well, and there is still some transparency in the pi-glass sac inside the filler. The barrel and hood are virtually unmarked and shiny. The nib is a full wet medium, and this is a fast writer.  

This pen is not for sale.