So, the world famous Parker 45. I had the chance at a 45 Harlequin, or shield pattern, a few years ago, but the nib was awful and the price too high. I think he wanted $180 for it. No thanks.
During my recent search for a 75, which I got, I stumbled on this incredibly low priced flighter 45 with about five minutes left on to go... or was there more... whatever.
I picked this beautfy up for a mere $16 and change from China - and it got here 3 days before the "expected" delivery date. Fast shipping!! Go Fred Yeung!
Condition - Well it's okay. It is an old pen so I wasn't expecting it to be in perfect shape, but I wasn't expecting the nib to be so out of whack that it wouldn't even write.
1 - the tines were pressing together so tightly that no ink could get through.
2 - misaligned so badly it was SCRATCHY as hell.
3 - POINTY! Look at the doodle to see what I mean. The inner edge of the tines was SHARP.
So me being the way I am, I hit it over my Arkansas wet stone until I was happy with the shape and then on the padded micromesh. Much better.
Bonus! It's a 14k nib. Stiff as a nail, but now nice and smooth.
Next - two loose parts. The ring from between the barrel and section was flopping around. A dot of epoxy and that was cured.
The barrel finial spun freely. Another dot of epoxy on a long wooden dowel smeared around the end of the inside of the barrel cured that one. Very nice. There's a tiny bit of shrinkage on the section too - not a big deal.
The metal is all straight and blemish free! No dings! Perfect!
So with the condition issues taken care of --
It's metal with a black plastic grip. Smooth with no texture.
It's well built I'd say. I suppose the loose bits are probably not uncommon on these things. The shrinking plastic section is a bummer, but at least it's more durable than the 21. Binder says on his website that it's a good quality plastic. So I'm happy.
Posted or not this thing sits so comfortably in my hand. Not heavy - not light. This is definitely one of those Goldilocks pens. At least it is for me. Which honestly, is quite a surprise. I wasn't expecting to like it so much!
And a doodle of a chili pepper of some sort growing in our garden. Noodler's Golden Brown. Something else I wasn't expecting to like SO MUCH. What beautiful ink!