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Parker - Made In China, Taboo Subject?


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#61 ildbig

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 17:43

A lot of people don't mind Chinese Parkers. But for those who do, there is a neat solution: Buy Bexley pens! Or Edison Pen Co. pens.

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 17:48

I have read FPN numerous times but usually do not reply, so I'm not sure if this is where I reply to the writer above or not. I 100%, totally agree with this Parker user. They picked up from Janesville, WI and took 200/500 jobs out of that town and outsourced their Parker brand pens and they undoubedly do not want to advertise this fact! Sheaffer and Cross did the same thing. None of them put the country of orgin on their pens anymore.


Little of that statement is true. The Parker Jotter, Vector, Sonnet, Premier and Duofold all have a country of origin on the pens. Granted, that is because all of those pens are made in France which has some cache with the consumer versus China.

Parker did not start manufacturing in China until 2008. Currently only the IM, Urban, Jotter Premium and Vector Premium are made in China. All other models including ink cartridges and bottles are made in France.

The Janesville factory hasn't made any pens since 1999 and those jobs were outsourced to England, not China, at Parker's Newhaven factory.

I don't know about the Chinese made pens but Parker still makes their own pens at the Waterman Factory in Nantes, France. I own Chinese, American, French, Canadian and British made Parkers and quality standards are good across the board.

Parker doesn't put country of origin on the Chinese made pens but they do on the package because it is required by US law. The cardboard insert in the plastic blister package will say Made in China.


Thank you Florida Blue for the info, I find it odd how the Jotter and Vector Premium are made in China whereas the regular jotters are made in France.

#63 Mike 59

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 11:02

On the back of the blister card packaging we see in UK now, (Gold and black printed card versions), there is a service centre address, maybe Europe only, can't be sure, of "Saint Herblain, France". There is no indication of where the pen is made though, on the card, maybe so the packaging can be used across more models?
The most recent SS Jotter ballpen I bought was made in France (stamped on pen with code IIIQ.)
In our shops lately, there are the engraved versions of Urban FP and IM FP, with the "Trip of a lifetime" offer,
but the price has gone up to £31.99, as opposed to under £20 for the 'plain' versions.

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 22:24


Hmm. I just got a Parker Urban Kit and there was a notation on the packaging saying something like "assembled in Mexico" (sorry, I didn't save the box).
Does this mean the pen was made in Mexico, or that it was made in China and the pen, ink, etc., just packaged in Mexico?
(I didn't realized that Parker had moved out of the US until a friend of mine who knows a lot more about FPs than me told me that, basically, *no* pens are made in the US anymore). I had to go to other sites (including this one) to get *any* information (other than registering for the extended warranty) because the Parker website was so annoying to navigate (has anyone else had this problem, btw, or is this just a function of having an older OS and browser?) Even the very nice website that was specifically for Parker afficionatos, run by Tony Fischier, didn't say anything about them not being made in the US... :hmm1:
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I have read FPN numerous times but usually do not reply, so I'm not sure if this is where I reply to the writer above or not. I 100%, totally agree with this Parker user. They picked up from Janesville, WI and took 200/500 jobs out of that town and outsourced their Parker brand pens and they undoubedly do not want to advertise this fact! Sheaffer and Cross did the same thing. None of them put the country of orgin on their pens anymore.


Little of that statement is true. The Parker Jotter, Vector, Sonnet, Premier and Duofold all have a country of origin on the pens. Granted, that is because all of those pens are made in France which has some cache with the consumer versus China.

Parker did not start manufacturing in China until 2008. Currently only the IM, Urban, Jotter Premium and Vector Premium are made in China. All other models including ink cartridges and bottles are made in France.

The Janesville factory hasn't made any pens since 1999 and those jobs were outsourced to England, not China, at Parker's Newhaven factory.

I don't know about the Chinese made pens but Parker still makes their own pens at the Waterman Factory in Nantes, France. I own Chinese, American, French, Canadian and British made Parkers and quality standards are good across the board.

Parker doesn't put country of origin on the Chinese made pens but they do on the package because it is required by US law. The cardboard insert in the plastic blister package will say Made in China.


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Posted 09 February 2012 - 23:59


Hmm. I just got a Parker Urban Kit and there was a notation on the packaging saying something like "assembled in Mexico" (sorry, I didn't save the box).
Does this mean the pen was made in Mexico, or that it was made in China and the pen, ink, etc., just packaged in Mexico?
(I didn't realized that Parker had moved out of the US until a friend of mine who knows a lot more about FPs than me told me that, basically, *no* pens are made in the US anymore). I had to go to other sites (including this one) to get *any* information (other than registering for the extended warranty) because the Parker website was so annoying to navigate (has anyone else had this problem, btw, or is this just a function of having an older OS and browser?) Even the very nice website that was specifically for Parker afficionatos, run by Tony Fischier, didn't say anything about them not being made in the US... :hmm1:
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Yes, Parker pens are no longer made in the USA. However, there are still some great companies making in the USA including Bexley, Edison and Gatecity (which are made for Richard Binder by Bexley). Noodler's and Private Reserve bottled inks are made in the USA as well.

To be honest, I've never heard of Parker making any pens in Mexico. This made be a new development. The Urban has never been made in the USA though only in China from what I previously was aware of. "Assembled" to me sounds like it was made in Mexico.
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Posted 10 February 2012 - 16:30

Don't know if Parkers now are made in China but of all the Parker's I have all are made in England, or France, or Australia or USA, the best of them as smooth writers has been the vintage ones, pre 1990 some as old as 1970s since they were my Dad's. The quality and materials used on the vintage seem to be better and more reliable and longer lasting than the modern ones.

My modern Sonnet and Vectors are still France or USA made and are top-notch in quality and are smooth writers still.

I have not checked out the Facet or any of the entry-level Parkers lately and would be interested to know if these were made in China. So far, my only China made pen is the Hero 330 and it is a smooth and wet writer albeit an F nib.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 22:15

I have not checked out the Facet or any of the entry-level Parkers lately and would be interested to know if these were made in China.


The Facet was made in China as well as the current IM and Urban pens. The standard Vector is made in France but the premium finish is made in China.
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Posted 11 February 2012 - 00:28

All my Parkers are stamped "Made in USA", well except for a couple of Canadian Vacs.






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