Parker 51

1956
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 Aerometric is an excellent example of a top of line MKII. It is one of my favorite combinations of teal blue, with a gold-filled cap in the vertical lines pattern. The barrel and section are nearly flawless. This pen is the MKII-B variety, with the true Aerometric filling unit that has “squeeze 4 times” inscribed in the filler. This is a 1950’s model, so there is no date code. The nib is gold, and writes an extra fine to fine line. A beautiful pen to enjoy and use; give it a case please?

Price: $120