Where can I purchase a Parker 51?
Posted 01 December 2005 - 17:27
Posted 01 December 2005 - 17:33
I'm not affiliated with any of these sites. Some of the suggestions are:
Wet Inc (specializes in 51's) (www.wetinc.com)
Bill Acker's Pens (www.billspens.com) (also specializes in 51's)
Richard Binder (www.richardspens.com)
(Richard always seems to have a few kicking about for sale)
Sam Fiorella at Pendemonium (www.pendemonium.com)
You could also ask on the sales board here or on Pentrace looking to buy. Prices vary, depending on condition and type (ie lustraloy or GF cap), Vacumatic or Aero, etc. You can get user grade 51's for 65 bucks US or so (I think).
Hope this helps
Posted 01 December 2005 - 17:52
Do you have any pictures of a vac filler & a aero filler?
Posted 01 December 2005 - 18:26
For a description there is valuable info at www.richardspens.com. He has lots of information on the 51, about the design differences of the 2. Richard has it listed under Reference Info. There are many different combinations of this pen, notably the caps and pens.
The Vac was 41 to 47 and the Aero was produced 48-59 (US production - I may be wrong) and was made at various Parker factories around the world till 72 or so. Richard has all the various versions (Mark I, II, III) for reference as well. I tend to shy away from the Mark III as it wasn't made of Lucite.
I've heard that an aero is the best starter 51 and can speak from experience. I'm never one to pass up a 51 with either filler but find the aero is the best as I still get confused trying to get a full tank of ink in my 47 Parker Vacumatic. And starting to dabble in repair they are the easiest to take apart to fix. Although Richard has filling instructions on his site as well.
Not affiliated with Richard but his info really helps.
Posted 02 December 2005 - 02:06
Posted 02 December 2005 - 03:40
If you are willing to spend more, here are some of the sites I found that seem reputable and have a significant "51" selection:
I ended up buying a wonderful black aerometric filler with polished stainless cap from FPN's TMann at the bargain price of $40 shipped in addition to a more pricy cedar blue vac filler from Wet Inc, another seller for whom's integrity and product quality I can vouch.
Hope you enjoy your "51"s as much as I do!
Edited by amin, 02 December 2005 - 03:43.
Posted 02 December 2005 - 09:23
Can anyone recommend a site where I can purchase a Parker 51 in an extra fine or fine nib? Ebay's prices are enticing, but if I purchase a dud pen, I would be unable to repair it. I called up Berliner and they're starting at $100 (vs. ebay's around $50).
I would like to encourage another to get the "51" addiction
My advice would be to get a Aero filler as a first pen as they are easier to live with and the most common fault is that the pen has been left unused for sometimes years. This can be fixed by a soaking a flushing, whereas a Vac will almost always need to be serviced if found in the wild.
My advice would be to write to Dennis at Parkville Parkvillepen
and also write to Ernesto at Parker51.com as mentioned by amin, their mail addresses are on the web site either snail or email.
Tell them what you are looking for as they often have more pens than they show on the web site for sale. Say how much you can afford and see if they have something that fits the bill. Don't ask don't get here.
Post a wanted ad here at FPN and also on Pentrace too, you never know.
If you decide to go the eBay route, then just bid on the Aero pens, the most common pens are Black with a lustraloy cap. The caps will have lost most of their finish, but that does not detract from how the pens write. Best of luck
Re vera, cara mea, mea nil refert!
Posted 02 December 2005 - 18:43
But my first recommendation would be to post to the Pentrace Market Board and post a WTB ad for a good P51, f/ef and your price range. someone is sure to answer the call
Also, the Parker 100 is a questionable "replacement" for the Parker 51. Not my cup of tea, and many others agree (others do not)...
Posted 22 January 2006 - 18:33
Posted 22 January 2006 - 20:12
I'll keep my eyes open down here in NZ for you. We often get 51's at a very good price. All seem to be aerometric fillers (squeezy thing) which are easy to live with and clean out.
Posted 23 January 2006 - 02:01
Posted 23 January 2006 - 02:18
They have some in the vintage section. All of em work perfectly and are great pens like new, and have had very very good expierences with them. Its worth a shot for some amazing prices on some amazing pens.
Posted 23 January 2006 - 02:39
Posted 23 January 2006 - 15:08
Provided a smaller pen is what you like, nothing wrong with a "51" Demi.
Wow, thanks for the tip! For a first Parker 51, would a Demi be a good way to try it out? (They're smaller & cheaper?).
The Vacumatic Demi is the same diameter as the regular "51" but shorter. I have one in my shirt pocket most days. It's an excellent pen, you just have to refill it more often than a regular "51."
The aerometric pens are slimmer, as well as shorter, which might make a difference to you. I've never handled one.
AFAIK there is no difference in quality between the Demis and the regular pens.