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 Parker 51 is a MKI Vacumatic filler, from 1946 (showing the “T6” date code, which indicated that it was made in the transitional factory). It’s in Jet Black, with a Lustroloy cap and gold trim, including the Blue Diamond clip. The body is generally quite clean, restored very well, without significant scratches or marks. However, there are circumferential marks on the blind cap and a bit of wear on the gripping section, both most likely from the cap. The nib is a full medium, smooth and wet enough. It fills strongly and flows well. This is a workhorse pen, can serve its next owner forever.

Price: $90 Sold

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