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Help Identifying A Parker Pen, And Questions About Parker Converter

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#1 thespyingdutchman

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Posted 29 March 2018 - 14:19

Hi FPN! I'm new on this forum (I usually browse reddit.com/r/fountainpens), so I'm still learning how all this works. This seems to be the right place to ask my questions.
 
I just ordered a vintage Parker pen from a seller in my country (The Netherlands). Here are some pictures the seller provided. It looks like a Parker 45 Flighter to me, but I'm not sure and by no means an expert. I paid 20 euros for it, which is around $25. Can you help me identify the model of the pen? And is 20 euros a good deal? I think I read somewhere $20-$30 is a normal price for this pen. The seller said it does have a date engraved on the barrel, but as long as it's just a date I think it's actually pretty cool. 
 
And to anyone who owns this pen, would you recommend it as a daily carry for a college student?
 
Thanks in advance! :)
 
EDIT: I had a question about what converter this pen takes, but I've edited this out because I've found my answer.

Edited by thespyingdutchman, 29 March 2018 - 14:35.


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Posted 29 March 2018 - 14:43

Its a 45 flighter gt indeed. Highly suitable as a daily carry.
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Posted 29 March 2018 - 14:58

Its a 45 flighter gt indeed. Highly suitable as a daily carry.

Thanks for the info! 



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Posted 29 March 2018 - 16:17

I love cleaning out Parker 45's that I've bought on ebay, then unscrewing the little nib unit and finding a gold nib hidden in there.  :wub:  I hope you're lucky too.  :)



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Posted 29 March 2018 - 16:43

I love cleaning out Parker 45's that I've bought on ebay, then unscrewing the little nib unit and finding a gold nib hidden in there.  :wub:  I hope you're lucky too.  :)


I hope so too! As of right now I don't own any gold nibbed pens yet.

#6 mitto

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 07:49

Pray the pen arrives with a gold nib.
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Posted 30 March 2018 - 08:00

Well the Parker 45 gold nib may be a very small nib, but IMHO it's still worth having.  :)



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Posted 30 March 2018 - 15:31

A P45 flighter with a gold nib is a pen worth having.
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Posted 30 March 2018 - 15:34

A P45 flighter with a gold nib is a pen worth having.

 

Indeed it is.  :)



#10 thespyingdutchman

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 16:56

Pray the pen arrives with a gold nib.


I definitely am! Will probably receive it tomorrow so I'll find out soon enough.

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 23:21

That is how I got my first gold nibbed pen. Bought a 45 Flighter on ebay that was represented as gold plated turned out to be gold. Paid a very good price as well.. ($15.50)


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#12 mitto

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Posted 31 March 2018 - 02:34

I definitely am! Will probably receive it tomorrow so I'll find out soon enough.


In the pictures the nib looks to be gold.
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Posted 31 March 2018 - 06:57

In the pictures the nib looks to be gold.


Thought so too! But it might be a gold plated steel nib.

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Posted 31 March 2018 - 06:58

That is how I got my first gold nibbed pen. Bought a 45 Flighter on ebay that was represented as gold plated turned out to be gold. Paid a very good price as well.. ($15.50)


Wow,you definitely got lucky! What do you think of the pen overall? Do you still use it?

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Posted 31 March 2018 - 15:14

In the pictures the nib looks to be gold.


I received it in the mail today. It's a 14K gold nib! And it writes really well.

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 05:04

I received it in the mail today. It's a 14K gold nib! And it writes really well.


Congrats. The nib looked gold. Gold plated nibs look different.

Edited by mitto, 01 April 2018 - 05:05.

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 08:32

Congrats. The nib looked gold. Gold plated nibs look different.


Thank you! How can you tell?

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 09:07

put the two side by side and compare if you have both the solid gold and the plated.
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Posted 01 April 2018 - 10:36

Congrats. The nib looked gold. Gold plated nibs look different.

 

I'm confused, but then I don't own as many pens as mitto does. When I was younger I thought the 45 came with either a steel nib or a gold nib. So there wouldn't be any doubt or any side-by-side comparisons to be done.

 

The original selling point, and this I do remember, was that the 45 was a pen with a gold nib selling for only five dollars. Later things became more complicated. Fancier finishes, steel nibs, all manner of contingencies. I just hadn't been aware of gold-plated nibs.



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Posted 01 April 2018 - 11:07

I'm confused, but then I don't own as many pens as mitto does. When I was younger I thought the 45 came with either a steel nib or a gold nib. So there wouldn't be any doubt or any side-by-side comparisons to be done.
 
The original selling point, and this I do remember, was that the 45 was a pen with a gold nib selling for only five dollars. Later things became more complicated. Fancier finishes, steel nibs, all manner of contingencies. I just hadn't been aware of gold-plated nibs.


So now you know that in the later production P45s the sold 14k/10k nibs were replaced by just gold plated steel nibs. :)
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