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

Parker 51s almost always show the love they’ve received in years of use by their wear; this MKII (Aerometric filling) from the 1950s has no evidence of wear. It is a beautiful pen from Parker England, in Navy Grey with a plain Lustraloy cap, an unadorned pen that is meant for use. It carries a wet medium nib, a fast and wonderfully smooth writer that lives up to the expectation of English soft nibs. This pen is made to be used every day, but maybe treat it to a case to protect that finish?

Price: $135 Sold

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