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#21 hari317

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Posted 26 March 2015 - 08:00

Hi,
Sorry for the late reply
I received the pen and well , my happiness was very short lived.
The nib was very scratchy and had to return the pen
Seems that the qc at parker has gone down. My 2 other sonnets have very smooth nibs.
Had to return the pen and with lot of effort had to convince luxor to refund my money.
Another thing about the parker was that it had no marking as to the country of origin ( probably being made in India as stamped in the warranty booklet )



sorry to hear that. I was surprised they even had any 18k sonnets left, they were blowing these out at 50% off a few years back. Incidentally I am using my Firedance today, bought in 2002 or so...


Edited by hari317, 26 March 2015 - 16:57.

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#22 rohit1974

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Posted 26 March 2015 - 14:06

sorry to hear that. I was yuprised they even had any 18k sonnets left, they were blowing these out at 50% off a few years back. Incidentally I am using my Firedance today, bought in 2002 or so...

 

They are probably being made in Rishikesh or someplace .



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Posted 25 March 2016 - 05:55

Buying Sonnets here we don't have worries as to their origin. Only French made are available here thanks to the otherwise disantageous trade policies of both Pakistan and India not allowing import of goods from the other country except for a very very limited number of items - to be agreed upon through special bilateral agreements/arrangements. And those items, almost always, do not include pens and stationery.

In fact I haven't had the chance until now to have ever seen a India made Parker (or any othet India made pens for that matter) except in pictures on the internet.
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Posted 25 March 2016 - 08:16

Buying Sonnets here we don't have worries as to their origin. Only French made are available here thanks to the otherwise disantageous trade policies of both Pakistan and India not allowing import of goods from the other country except for a very very limited number of items - to be agreed upon through special bilateral agreements/arrangements. And those items, almost always, do not include pens and stationery.

In fact I haven't had the chance until now to have ever seen a India made Parker (or any othet India made pens for that matter) except in pictures on the internet.

Sonnets are made outside India only.. It was just that luxor India has inventory available with them...
Modern parkers don't seem to excite me..

Edited by mehandiratta, 25 March 2016 - 08:21.

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Posted 25 March 2016 - 08:18

Sonnets were made in England only.. It was just that luxor India has inventory available with them...
Modern parkers don't seem to excite me..



What? In England only?
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Posted 25 March 2016 - 08:22

What? In England only?

Corrected... outside India...

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Posted 25 March 2016 - 08:23

Corrected... outside India...


France.
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Posted 25 March 2016 - 08:52

If inventory available with them why these didn't have the country of origin stamped on them? Read the whole thread so you understand the issue in proper perspective.
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Posted 25 March 2016 - 09:56

The box in which I purchased the pen wrote that it was made in India. and also I confirmed with luxor India and they also could not confirm the origin. I was actually shocked at the nib of the sonnet as the earlier 2 sonnets were such smooth writers.



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Posted 25 March 2016 - 10:16

I haven't, as yet, seen any legit Sonnet without FRANCE stamped on the cap. I think the same is the case with FRONTIERS, VECTORS and other Luxor distributed Parker pens in India. These, too, do not have the country of origin stamped on them. Am I correct?

Same is the case with Sheaffer and Cross pens produced in China.

PARKER, SHEAFFER and CROSS have long gone now. Except, of course, for some models produced in Europe.
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Posted 25 March 2016 - 10:24

Well the first sonnet which I purchased was a ciselle and country of origin was also not written on it but the box specifically mentioned imported etc, etc. The 2nd one was black laque  one had France written on it and the firedance had nothing written on it



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Posted 25 March 2016 - 10:52

Well, the 'No Country Of Origin' Parker Sonnet pens are found only in India, perhaps. Likely because these were produced under licence in India itself.
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Posted 25 March 2016 - 11:03

PARKER, SHEAFFER and CROSS have long gone now. Except, of course, for some models produced in Europe.


I agree

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Posted 25 March 2016 - 12:19

Hi,

Sorry for the late reply

I received the pen and well , my happiness was very short lived.

The nib was very scratchy and had to return the pen

Seems that the qc at parker has gone down. My 2 other sonnets have very smooth nibs.

Had to return the pen and with lot of effort had to convince luxor to refund my money.

Another thing about the parker was that it had no marking as to the country of origin ( probably being made in India as stamped in the warranty booklet )

 

 

The older Sonnets have reportedly suffered from some fundamental issues - poorly adjusted nibs and poor ink flow, which adds to the feeling of scratchiness. I had the same pen (bought from a Shopper's Stop in Mumbai almost 10 years ago) with the monotone 18K gold nib and it barely wrote. The ink flow was terrible. It went back for adjustment to Luxor after consulting a bunch of folks on FPN including Hari but I don't think they did much to it. I ended up selling that pen. 

 

Quite recently I bought a spare old style 18K nib for my Sonnet and that one had the same issues. The nib is quite soft to cause the tine to get easily misaligned if not used carefully and the feed, I guess, may have some design flaws that aid the poor flow.

 

The Firedance, I'm pretty sure, is made in France. The lower end of the range (Frontier, Classic, Jotter, Vector, etc.) is probably how far Luxor spans in making them in India.


Edited by s_t_e_v_e, 25 March 2016 - 16:09.


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Posted 26 March 2016 - 06:21

s_t_e_v_e- The Firedance, I'm pretty sure, is made in France. The lower end of the range (Frontier, Classic, Jotter, Vector, etc.) is probably how far Luxor spans in making them in India.

 

Maybe you are correct but anyhow the " cat" has already left the building, meaning the pen has long been gone


Edited by rohit1974, 26 March 2016 - 06:22.


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Posted 26 March 2016 - 07:39

Made in France with low quality for Indian Market to be distributed by luxor and hence no mention of origin?

That is the only possibility that comes to mind if in case these are not made in India itself.
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