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Parker Urban Premium
Posted 29 March 2012 - 20:33
I just received my Parker urban premium matte black about a week ago now. The one with the straight lines, kinda reminds me of computers and or tron Initially I couldn't decide between the brown or black but matte black won.
Overall it is a nice pen but it only came in medium nib, I would prefer a fine. the nib is steel and really stiff but does offer a fair bit of flex to it with some pressure but its nothing noticeable.
I have been using it for about a week now and I am happy with it. It is heavy, but I like some weight in a pen I do not have any problems with leaks as I have ready about form some reviews. I find myself wanting to use it but I still carry my sailor regulus fine with me as it is still my favorite. I always post my pens as holding the cap means that I will drop it. personally I do not notice much difference form posting and writing vs. not posted and writing.
It writes smooth, took me a bit to get used to from using my sailor fine everyday, as there was some scratch and feed back I guess its called? I really dont get any noise form the Parker and it does seem a bit dry but not horrible. eventually I will get it to write a bit more wet.
I do very rarely have a skip problem but only on the first part of a letter if it has been sitting open for a bit, otherwise no problem, starts right up and continues to write no problems!
The nib and feed can be pulled out for thorough cleaning, you just need to have a good grip on the small nib and feed. I suppose you could use the small slit behind the feed to insert your thumb nail but just seems like a bad idea to me.
Overall it is a nice pen and is unique in its design, something I really liked, I have had people ask me about it and always ends up with them wanting to use it, being that it is a solid nib and pen I have let them try it out under fountain pen user supervision and a few people have decided they are going to get a fountain pen...(achievement unlocked )
P.S. my sailor will never be used by anyone but me
I hope you enjoyed and the pictures fallow! ^_^
Posted 29 March 2012 - 22:28
I know I will be getting the I.M. soon which is similar, so am pleased to see this review.
I have found that all my new fountain pens write better, if flushed through with dish washing up liquid and water solution, as it takes away the factory 'newness', from inside the pen. Then the ink seems to flow much better.
All the Urbans I have seen have been silver or pink, so I will look out for this black one in the shops I use.
I hope yours writes as well as my old '92 Vector (same medium nib), I use it almost every day it's so smooth.
Posted 30 March 2012 - 00:40
Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth
Posted 30 March 2012 - 01:29
As far as the difference of the urban and urban premium, from what I can see and tell form the web site and online viewing, the urban comes in a few assorted colors and I am Not sure of the material, metal or plastic. The urban premium comes with 2 different designs. chiseled, the cross check design, most common from what I found and the straight line design (pictured above) which took a little more work to find online. I can say for sure the premium pens are made out of some thicker metal. the premium also comes in a matte (above) or metallic finish.
Posted 30 March 2012 - 04:40
Posted 30 March 2012 - 17:47
I am using it for some time now and this a very good pen.......good for everyday use.....
I would have to agree with you, I have been using it and my sailor threw out the last week now and I really enjoy both. The medium nib is starting to grow on me. I guess I just need to learn to write bigger with it
Posted 04 April 2012 - 23:58
The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium. Norbet Platt
Posted 05 April 2012 - 01:42
I really like the weight and balance of the pen. The medium nib writes very smoothly and the ink flows well. I primarily use Office Max legal pads at the office, and there's no feathering or bleed through from either the washable cartridge ink or the bottled Quink. All in all, a nice pen and accessories for a nice price.
Edited by camjr, 05 April 2012 - 01:46.
Posted 05 April 2012 - 13:56
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Edited by ParkersandPilots, 25 January 2013 - 16:25.
Posted 24 January 2013 - 23:10
I do wish they had the matte black version when I bought mine 'cause the pearl version had way to many lines on it for my liking.
Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:43
i do not like the "curvy" barrel design, but i agree it's a good writer!
Posted 26 January 2013 - 01:49
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Posted 27 June 2013 - 19:54
I rarely see the Parker Urban mentioned when pen recommendations in the $50 range are requested. I think the Urban is sadly underrated. I own the matte black "Stealth" model. One of the smoothest writers I have. Writes wonderfully with every ink I've run through it.
I'm drawn to pens with a more modern design and the Urban meets that. Nice heft, perfect balance when posted.
I thought for sure that the finish wouldn't hold up to use, but that hasn't been the case. Overall, one of the better purchases I've made. Highly recommend.
Posted 10 July 2013 - 07:48
Nice review. Parker pens are not really on my radar. Perhaps I will try one of these as "gateway" pen.
Posted 22 November 2013 - 19:53
I have a Parker Urban glossy black. I think it's also great for everyday use. It took a while to open up and run properly. But now it's a great pen, which I keep at work with me.
Posted 23 November 2013 - 08:28
My Urban Premium Black Ebony fell out of my pocket while running for a bus the other day
However, decided to replace it with this matte black one and it's very nice! Prefer it even more to the old one.
Parker 75, Ingenuity, Premier, Sonnet, Urban | Pelikan M400 | TWSBI Diamond 580 | Visconti Rembrandt
Currently inked: Diamine Apple Glory (Rembrandt), Pelikan 4001 Turquoise (M400), Lamy Black (Diamond 580)
Posted 04 December 2013 - 14:54
i have the matte black ...
i do not like the "curvy" barrel design, but i agree it's a good writer!
Same here. I bought it as an everyday pen, but now I realize I'm not too fond of the curvy design anymore. I'm a guy, and I find the design to be very feminine. Do people consider this to be a feminine pen?