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 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 1948 Vacumatic 51, and it’s been around the block a few times. A handsome pen in Dove Grey, with a 12K gold cap, with the common vertical lines pattern. There are two dents in the cap, which give it character; they’re smallish but visible, both just east of the clip. In addition, there is some staining on the the barrel and the top of the gripping section that just won’t come out, but these are not easily seen except in bright light, and of course, are accommodated in the price. The nib writes a wet, quite fast fine line. This is a user pen that can be used all the time.

Price: $75 Sold

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