I was intrigued by some of the more unusual nib designs from parker, such as the parker 180 and the falcon(review coming up). This time around we have the parker 180 for a closer inspection and review. For your delight and annoyance, the pictures are full size(click on them).
Design and construction 4/5. I`il start with the strong points of the 180: it`s a well built pen. Mine has obvious marks indicating some heavy use, but the blue-black lacquer is intact(although scratched) and the cap is still tight, closes with a nice click. The clip is less rigid than on other parker designs, has some spring to it, which makes it practical. It`s a overall metal construction, with metalic threads on the section and a cap ornament which reminds of the parker 75 design.
What i don`t like about it: the plastic grip on the section is nice, but still slippery, and the nib....well, it looks like the end of a spear, not too pretty to look at. It is a slender pen, which some people might find uncomfortable, but it has a good balance uncapped(barrel is a bit heavy). The bad part is that although the cap clicks into the barrel when posted, it wobbles and spins around, so it`s not really secure. For such a small pen, it has some heft to it- i would say medium weight. 13.2 cm closed, 0.8 cm wide.
Nib and writing 3.5/5. Now, to the interesting part. The spear-like nib on my pen has two width-sizes- broad and medium. The broad side is as smooth as you would expect(and really broad). The other side, though, was not as smooth. I had to use a bit of micro mesh to smooth it out a bit. Now it`s decent, but not great. Ink flow was perfect from the start. The former owner of the pen told me that it was a long time since it was last used, and it was dirty and full of dried ink. Amazingly though, after i gave it a good wash with soap(without flushing it) i filled it with water and started writing right away, with the old, now liquefied ink still inside. No skipping what so ever.
Final considerations and price 4.5/5. The parker 180 takes standard parker cartridges and converters- the converter that came with the pen was broken, but it works just fine with cartridges. It`s has a interesting nib design, and at least one of the sides is smooth, if not both. Can be a good compromise for a person wanting to use one pen and wants two nib sizes. I`m personally satisfied with my purchase, giving the fact that it was 12 dollars.
Edited by rochester21, 18 June 2013 - 09:55.