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Parker 51 Review


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#1 The Classicist

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 17:03

Any comments will be greatly appreciated! I'm still working on dating it, but I'm struggling some with exposing the nib (which is hooded) so I can find the date.

Thanks!!!

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 17:17

Thank you for an interesting review. The pen is very nice but it is extra special that you know who used it.


Any comments will be greatly appreciated! I'm still working on dating it, but I'm struggling some with exposing the nib (which is hooded) so I can find the date.

Thanks!!!

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 19:28

Very nice pen, and review.
I suggest you not try to remove the hood over the nib: it can be a bit tough to get it to re-align properly.
The date codes is usually on the barrel:
http://www.parker51....age1.html4.html
Enjoy,
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Posted 24 December 2010 - 22:44

Very nice pen, and review.
I suggest you not try to remove the hood over the nib: it can be a bit tough to get it to re-align properly.
The date codes is usually on the barrel:
http://www.parker51....age1.html4.html
Enjoy,
gary


I was unable to find a date code, presumably from wear on the barrel. On top of the cap, below the jewel and to the right of the clip there is a number 3 (no dots too), but nothing on any websites mention anything about that at all.
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Posted 25 December 2010 - 13:01

I suggest you not try to remove the hood over the nib: it can be a bit tough to get it to re-align properly.

Its not difficult to re-align the hood and the nib, just screw the hood on and note its position when its tight, then take it off and rotate the nib so its on that spot and re-tighten the hood.
It may take a couple of tried to get it perfect, but there is no risk of damaging or breaking anything.

The bigger worry is freeing the hood which is probably held in place with shellac.
Softening the shellac and loosening the hood usually involves heat, which can damage the pen.

I was unable to find a date code, presumably from wear on the barrel. On top of the cap, below the jewel and to the right of the clip there is a number 3 (no dots too), but nothing on any websites mention anything about that at all.

I have never heard nor seen of a "date code" in the location you mention.
First Year caps had the cap material information marked there. And solid gold clips were marked "14K" on the jewel ring.
Those are the only markings I know of on the jewel end of the cap.
A picture would help a lot!

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Posted 25 December 2010 - 15:47

thanks for the review!

and, glenn-sc is right, it's pretty easy to put the hood back on once it's off using the aforementioned method.

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Posted 27 December 2010 - 07:30

I have never heard nor seen of a "date code" in the location you mention.
First Year caps had the cap material information marked there. And solid gold clips were marked "14K" on the jewel ring.
Those are the only markings I know of on the jewel end of the cap.
A picture would help a lot!


It may be hard to see, but it is there. I have not been able to find anything about a number on the cap, but it could just be this one from Asia...

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Posted 27 December 2010 - 23:51

all i see is:

(Parker Symbol)
USA
Gold Filled

is your finger covering the "date code"

that's a really odd spot for a date code to be...haven't heard of that.

picture isn't clear where it is.

blah, you should post this in the PARKER Sub-forum, as lots of parker junkies can help you out there.

#9 The Classicist

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Posted 28 December 2010 - 17:39

all i see is:

(Parker Symbol)
USA
Gold Filled

is your finger covering the "date code"

that's a really odd spot for a date code to be...haven't heard of that.

picture isn't clear where it is.

blah, you should post this in the PARKER Sub-forum, as lots of parker junkies can help you out there.


No, it is at the top of the cap... right under where the jewel is and center on the pen... This was originally posted as a review and not a question... but I suppose it could be both. You can faintly see a "3"...

Edited by The Classicist, 28 December 2010 - 19:40.

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Posted 29 December 2010 - 08:33

Hmmm, I see the "3" but have no explanation of/for it.

The only markings I am aware of in that location would be "14K" in the case of a solid gold Clip.


Interesting.

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Posted 29 December 2010 - 12:37

Your penmanship is extremely nice. :o
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#12 The Classicist

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Posted 29 December 2010 - 22:38

@ Warriah

Thanks!

I'm hoping to learn the Spencerian Penmanship style right now. It's hard to relearn how you write!
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Posted 08 February 2011 - 00:32

Great review






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