Posted 06 December 2014 - 17:18
Have you ever written with a Parker 51 before?
If not, I might just try one to start with and see how you like it before starting a collection of them. Some love the hooded nib and others do not.
I would suggest getting a basic black model with a Lustraloy cap. The earlier Vacumatic 51s (1941-46) were the versions with the blue diamond on the clip. You can probably find a nice, restored, user-grade example for around $70 or so in the classifieds.
Parker: Sonnet Flighter, Rialto Red Metallic Laque, IM Chiseled Gunmetal, Latitude Stainless, 45 Black, Duovac Blue Pearl Striped, 51 Standard Black, Vac Jr. Black, 51 Aero Black, 51 Vac Blue Cedar, Duofold Jr. Lapis, 51 Aero Demi Black, 51 Aero Demi Teal, 51 Aero Navy Gray, Duofold Pastel Moire Violet, Vac Major Golden Brown, Vac Deb. Emerald, 51 Vac Dove Gray, Vac Major Azure, Vac Jr. Silver Pearl, 51 Vac Black GF Cap, 51 Forest Green GF cap, Vac Jr. Silver Pearl, Duovac Senior Green & Gold, Duovac Deb. Black, Challenger Black, 51 Aero Midnight, Vac. Emerald Jr., Challenger Gray Pearl, 51 Vac Black, Duofold Int. Black, Duofold Jr. Red.