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Parker 45 - Flighter Xf 14K Nib

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#1 watch_art

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 00:28

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!  :)

 

 

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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!  :)

 

 

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Appearance -

It's metal with a black plastic grip.  Smooth with no texture. 

 

Construction/Quality -

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.  :)

 

Weight/Dimension -

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!  :)

 

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 02:01

The ring on the section is loose on both of mine as well. Must be fairly common.



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Posted 22 July 2013 - 02:13

Epoxy will make it stick.  :)


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Posted 22 July 2013 - 16:14

Silver clip and ring make a pretty flighter. Thanks for sharing.



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Posted 22 July 2013 - 18:50

When you screw in the barrel, that holds the ring in place, so it does not matter much that it is loose.

 

Nice review, I'm in the process of getting a P45 up and running.


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Posted 22 July 2013 - 18:50

Loose on mine as well.  +1 epoxy.


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Posted 22 July 2013 - 19:17

When I take the barrel off it falls off - that gets on my nerves.  So I fixed it.


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