I posted this pen when I returned from DC and someone asked for a review...
I have a new found passion for Parker 51 Vac fill pens... this is the latest in my collection. Acquired in a trade with Ernesto Solar at the DC Show. He got a Parker 45 Brocade with a factory oblique nib.
This is an extremely interesting pen... the fact that you can see all the inner workings makes it fantastic to any collector of vintage pens. The finish of the pen is extraordinary, every attention to detail was taken care of. As for general appearance... It's a Parker 51, I don't need to say any more than that.
Nib and Writing Performance 5/5
The pen has a sweet smooth fine gold nib that is a joy to write with. It lays down a line with just enough wetness to give the ink a nice shading. Just what I want. I have left the pen in my box for a couple of days and it still writes with the first stroke. It is amazing to see how much ink is around the collector.
Filling System 4.5/5
As mentioned this is a Vac Filler... this pen had the filler fully restored when I got it and it takes a full load of ink... it is real nice to be able to see how the filling system works when you press on the filler and watch the ink fill the body. About the only down side to the Parker 51s is cleaning out the old ink so you can change colors... The collector really holds a ton of ink and needs multiple flushing and trips through the UC to really clear. Then you need a bit of time for the new color ink to totally fill the collector so the pen writes to it's full potential. If you don't intend to change colors... it is a fantastic system.
I can see no difference in the workmanship of this pen compared to the US or Canadian made 51s that I own. It is every bit a Parker as the others are.
I am ecstatic over my new pen.... It is definitely going to be included in my daily writers... and the looks it gets when I take it out to sign something is a trip. I have had more questions asked about this pen in the last week than about any of my other pens.
Edited by OldGriz, 19 August 2006 - 18:21.