I'm a bit late to the party. As a Jotter fan, this has been a very interesting thread to read up to now.
I find it difficult to understand how a fake can be identified by simply viewing these photos. No offense intended to any opinons posted. They are just that. Opinions.
I feel that the only way to make an educated evaluation is to inspect the specimen side by side with a known genuine Jotter. Knockoffs of anything can be pretty good.
When Parker began manufacturing Jotters of recent years, particularly the ones from France, I noticed a definite difference in the metal used in the cap and a drop in (my) perceived quality of the engraving. I felt that the metal appeared to have a wider "grain" to it; not as smooth as previous years manufactured in the UK and the USA. And...the imprint looked very light compared to previous years.
I cannot conclude, by the posted photos, that this is truly a fake. It would have to be personally inspected. Rochester21 brings up another angle that may hold water. What does the manufacturer do with rejects? Likely recycle them to the scrap bin. If any get out, it would likely be by employees, IMHO.
As Mark posts, I've been writing with Jotters since the mid-1960's. It was in elementary school that I was introduced to the best ballpoint of all. Jotters have, indeed, changed a bit. Once in 1956, again in 1960, more significant in 1973,again in 1982 and more recently as it has been shuttled between countries in the last 15 or so years. If I was a betting man, judging by the photos, which I hesitate to do, I'd say the specimen was authentic, if not bordering on the poorer example.
BTW, an "A" date code with a "France" imprint makes it a 2012 manufacture.
My two cents.
Edited by MLKirk, 09 July 2013 - 03:18.