Parker 51

1950s

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 demis, a half-inch shorter in cap and barrel, were also produced. 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 is a Demi-sized Aerometric pen, a 1950s model. It is in black with a Lustraloy cap, an unadorned, elegant pen. I am very fond of the Demis, a little shorter at 4 7/8” capped, and a touch more slender, at 7/16”, but they feel great in the hand and are always wonderful writers. This pen cleaned up very nicely, is almost unmarked, and writes a fast wet fine. A pen to be used every day and enjoyed forever.

Price: $100 Sold

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