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Parker 51 Fp & Mp


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#1 soapytwist

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 23:10

This Parker 51 set was my grandfather's; I had already used a 51 for my 'O' & 'A' Levels (15-18 years old) when I was given this set of an aerometric fountain pen and twist-action pencil with rolled silver caps.

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The fountain pen worked from a standing start, but the pencil's mechanism was non-functioning. I discovered that it shared its insides with a UK Duofold pencil I had, so I transplanted it into this to make this set complete again.

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My grandfather obviously used the pencil more than the fountain pen; the cap has more wear and dings on it and the grip is very brassed. Brassing seems to be the achilles heel of 51 plated caps, but these have held up pretty well. The gold clips show more wear than the silver caps.

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The pencil is very comfortable to hold; the grip is ribbed to prevent your fingers from sliding down to the pencil's point.

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Unfortunately the brassing worry, and the set's sentimental value means I don't get to use them. I prefer to use a stainless steel capped burgundy aerometric fountain pen if I pick a 51 to use.

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#2 Glenn-SC

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 07:31

Ah, very nice.

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#3 Korybas

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 16:42

I perfectly understand why you don't want to use the pen and pencil, but if its the brassing is what concerns you I think there are restorers out there that will repair that, no sweat! Then maybe you will consider using this fine set you have there! Congrats! :thumbup:
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