First Impressions 4/5
The pen arrived on a modest blister that contained the pen, a cartridge with blue ink and a fabric pouch. The finish is matte black with the metal trims very well differentiated. It looks way better than I expected for the price. The fabric pouch is a nice touch. It is a black fabric with a geometrical pattern and on the zipper there is the Parker arrow on metal. A very welcomed bonus.
Appearance & Design 9/10
The most obvious feature is the barrel shape that is not a plain cylinder but it is wider at the middle of the cap and towards the other end. It looks modern but not designed for high school.
The cap clicks on and off.
The clip is the classical Parker arrow pointing downwards and on top of the cap is the letter P.
Construction & Quality 9/10
I was surprised that the build quality was so good. The black areas are matte smooth with no hint of scratches and the metal parts are all shiny and well finished.
Weight & Dimensions 9/10
The pen dimensions are as follows:-
Overall Length Capped = 138 mm
Length Uncapped = 125 mm
Length Posted = 155 mm
Maximum Cap Diameter = 15 mm
Maximum Barrel diameter = 12 mm approx.
The pen feels substantial and it is on the heavy side. I prefer heavy pens. Uncapped it feels just fine for writing maybe demanding a bit more balance but capped seems to go the other way now being top heavy.
Nib & Performance 9/10
The nib is M and writes smoothly right from the beginning.
Filling system & Maintenance 8/10
The pen uses cartridges.
Cost & Value 9/10
I bought it from 'savichenko' on ebay for US$19.99 with free international shipping to Mexico in March 2010. It took 2 weeks to arrive. I expected a somehow cheap looking pen but the combination of its high quality finishing, weight and unusual design makes it look far more expensive.
For a modern looking fountain pen you can not go wrong with this pen specially at this price. Just a bit more expensive than Chinese pens the build quality is much better and the included pouch is very handy if you toss your pen on a backpack or other environment that could scratch it. If this cheap entry level Parker is an indication I can imagine how wonderful the more expensive Parkers must be!
Edited by watch_art, 12 February 2011 - 16:16.