I am so happy today! My Grail Pen arrived: A Parker "51", Forest Green Aerometric from 1949!
I was searching for this particular pen for sometime now, and finally 15 days ago I found it on Ebay UK, at a very affordable price: the seller was asking 85 British pounds for it, I offered 60 (about 95 USD) and he accepted! The pen had a Oblique Medium 14K nib, but since I am addicted to stub nibs now (yeah Ghost Plane, you did manage to corrupt me! ) and the seller was only shipping to the UK, I had him sent the pen to Oxonian, so he would put one of his 14K British wide Medium Stubs. In fact, we made a deal and he kept the OM and put his nib at no extra cost for me.
The pen has no scratches or dents whatsoever - in fact it is in Mint condition and was ultrasonically cleaned by the seller. The pen is correctly dated as 9. (3rd quarter of 1949), was made in the USA, has a gold filled long clip on a lustraloy cap with a mother of pearl jewel on top.
See the photos and tell me your opinion. I think its a very good find and at an affordable price:
The ink I use in it is Noodler's Prime of the Commons; it has this greenish tint that goes well with the Forest Green of the "51" ...
I am soooo happy that if I could I would jump up high and clap my heels together !
Edited by Korybas, 30 November 2011 - 16:49.