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Parker 180 X/m


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#1 lintonwang

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 06:39

The pen is silver plated. Light and slender, in the classical 70s shape.

There are wavy patterns on the barrel and cap.

the filling system is aerometric.

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The special nib made me buy this pen.

Although the double sided nibs have been out there since the war time, or probably earlier, Parker 180 revived them and fused them with a modern appearance. The robotic-style nib reli is cool and attractive. One side it writes in M, and flipping it over, it writes in XF.

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One only draw back I found is the light weight. Otherwise excellent.












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Posted 26 March 2013 - 04:00

That's gorgeous.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 23:13

Nice review, thanks. I've always found the 180 a bit thin (skinny) for my taste, but your review has me taking one out of storage and using in my rotation. Now to decide between the Flighter and the blue lacquer.

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#4 lintonwang

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 04:34

Nice review, thanks. I've always found the 180 a bit thin (skinny) for my taste, but your review has me taking one out of storage and using in my rotation. Now to decide between the Flighter and the blue lacquer.

Regards,

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agree that 180 is kind of too thin. Well, it writes very smoothly so thats fine.

#5 ac12

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 07:31

I think the fit of the 180 depends on the size of your fingers.

It is similar to the Cross Classic, another small diameter pen.

If you have small diameter fingers like me, it fits OK.  If you have fat fingers, I can see where you would have trouble with the small diameter pens.

 

I had trouble with the Parker cartridge ink leaking out of the nib of my 180, so I switched to Cross blue ink (bottle), and so far so good.  I need to find my old converter, but in the mean time I used a syringe to load an empty cartridge with the Cross ink.  Rather a hassle, but it works.  And the Cross ink lets the F nib flow better over the paper, not as scratchy as with the Parker ink.

 

You guys are making me think about getting another 180....gold or colored.

 

BTW, if you need to replace the nib, the 180 nibs are hard to find.  I understand that the nib from the CLASSIC will interchange.


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#6 Sasha Royale

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 13:45

I, too, find it a bit thin.  However, I like the novelty, so it stays in my rotation.  I have not encountered

another pen with the "spear-shape" nib.  Mine is 18k with an F/B nib. 

 

I wonder whether it can pas TSA at the airport.


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Posted 04 July 2013 - 20:29

Very special pen. I am delighted with the two mine. One in gold plated ecorce pattern with F/B nib, and other, lapis finish with X/M nib.

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#8 ac12

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 06:29

Oh you guys are bad.

Now I want to get another 180, or two or three, or ....

 

BTW what ink are you guys running in your 180.

I used to use Parker blue cartridges for MANY years.  But I just switched to Cross blue bottle ink put into an emptied Parker cartridge.  The Cross ink seems to behave better than the Parker ink.  The Parker ink would leak out of the nib, the Cross ink does not do that.  I plan to experiment with a few other blue inks to see which looks better and behaves in the pen.  Next on the list is Waterman Serenity Blue.


Edited by ac12, 06 July 2013 - 06:32.

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