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Picked Up A Parker 51 At A Vintage Fair Today


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#1 temptar


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Posted 08 March 2015 - 17:39



I have a handful of Parker jotters but was wandering around a vintage fair today and picked up a Parker 51. 


This is what it looks like:



20150308_170236 by windsandbreezes, on Flickr


From what I can see, it appears to be Aero rather than Vac; the jewel off the cap is missing and the cap was engraved with initials. I don't appear to be able to date it although I suspect it is post 1953. I'm not an expert in Parker pens in general, and although I've been through the contents of Parker51.com I can't find anything useful to exactly date it. 

Condition wise, the cap has a few dents on it as well as the jewel missing and the engraving. The arrow clip is a little bit loose and I think has probably been pushed around a couple of times. There are a few dings on the body of the pen. 


The thing which has surprised me is it is full of ink and the ink seems to be flowing really nicely. I did start to flush it and certainly some blue ink came out initially but I'm pretty sure what is in it now is black:



20150308_171412 by windsandbreezes, on Flickr


(Rhodia paper). 


As I've noted in the writing sample, the ink is more than likely Parker Quink as it's the most commonly available bottled ink in Ireland. I don't use it myself, however. The nib shows evidence of a lot of black ink having been used over time so while I think it's gold, I'm not 100% certain of that. 


Flow wise I think it's closer to medium than to fine but I'm not sure how I might confirm that without taking the pen apart. On the other hand, in terms of what ink I can use in it in the future, I'd be open to views. Presumably something like the Montblanc midnight blue is okay or anything from the higher end ranges. I'm unlikely to put any of the wilder colours into it anyway. 


Regarding cleaning it, I assumed anything in it would have dried out but this appears not to have been the case although as it seemed to be dry when I took it out first, I did start to flush it and some dark blue made an appearance. However, it's writing okay since which suggests to me that there wasn't much stuck in the nib before I started to flush it. I will need to clean it at some point so the question is, is there anything I need to watch for?

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Posted 08 March 2015 - 22:48

Cleaning takes forever because of the collector which keeps ink in the section. Some people suggest usng a salad spinner as a centrifuge - fix the pen firmly in place with elastic or tape and give it a spin.

Too many pens, too little time!


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Posted 09 March 2015 - 03:13

Hi Temptar-


Congrats on your '51', it is my favorite pen in the world! This topic pinned at the top of the Parker board will tell you all you need to know. Bruce in Ocala did this, and I followed it exactly with all of my '51's' and it works as promised every time!





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