Anthony, look for a French one. They don't have that built in tripod grip of the American P-75....which is like the Safari. Outside the section they are the same.
Many don't like that tripod section.
The P-75 has a twist to fit nib to how you want to cant your nib. It was a big selling point back in the day.
Personally, I don't see any advantage to twist nib to fit your cant, when one cants the pen anyway. ...well, if one 'knows' one has twisted the nib to cant, one can post it so...but I find it just as easy to decide to cant it and post it with out any twisting........actually, I don't cant my P-75....but could.
If you are going to cant it, look for an oblique nib and get a slight tad of line variation. Get a better fitting cant.
As far as I know the nib is semi-nail. US Parker was not into making regular flex.
I am not sure of the French nib. I'd ask a few questions over in the Parker section. (Unfortunately most folks don'e seem to know what a regular flex nib is any more, so ask if the French Parker factory made a 'soft' nib.) It is my understanding French Parker is made at the Waterman factory.
Back when I was a twenty pen 'noobie', it was one of my three perfectly balanced pens. Each very different from the other. The standard sized MB 234 1/2 Deluxe semi-flex KOB, has a thicker girth, and had a brass piston unit, so is back heavy. The rolled gold trimmed Geha 725 F is a thin medium-long pen with an inlaid nib. The P-75 M** is also standard sized. The medium-long 400nn maxi-semi-flex OF, finished 4th back then.
Today I must have 15 top five perfectly balanced pens.
There are many nib units for the P-75 but they are $$$$$...last I looked $75 but that was long ago, to say the least, so pick the nib on your French P-75 well.
Having one, didn't pick up any $75 silver spares that could be had back in the Last Depression.
There are a good number of P-75's.....
In 1981 the lacquer collection consisted of:
Thuya (brown and black) (Had one, but had to send it back, in he'd shipped me one with a nib in it as a mistake, in I was buying only the Thuya body.....had a stupid anger attack, so sent the whole pen back, when he wouldn't give me a fair deal on the nib unit. ) Honesty can be painful, but at least I don't have a morality conflict, I would have had every time I used the pen. What ever width of nib that was on the pen I liked, obviously, or I'd just done as planned, swap nibs between the two pens.
Lapis Lazulii (blue)
Red Quartz (red on dark red)
And in 1983:
One does need two....one a classic Cisele sterling silver, and which ever of the others strikes your fancy.
Look for French ones...if you don't like an inbuilt tripod grip.
Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 31 January 2019 - 13:24.