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 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. Typical for their day, Duofolds are button-fillers, generally with 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, 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!