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Won An Auction For "vintage Pen" What Would You Recommend To Look For?

vintage recommendations under $30

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#21 welch


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Posted 13 May 2019 - 00:20

Look for a Parker 45 at about $25, give or take maybe $5. It's really the oldest of modern pens, but many EBay sellers seem to think anything made before 2000 is vintage. Some expect to sell a P-45 for as much as $100. Ignore those.


Parker produced the 45 from 1960 until about 2006 or '07, and it might have been the all-time biggest selling fountain pen. 


The Parker 45 was the first successful cartridge / converter pen, and the first pen in which a user could unscrew all the major parts. A user no longer sent the pen to Parker service to fiddle with the filling system. Any Parker converter should work, and any cartridge. The P-45 nib unscrews, like the older Esterbrook.


A 45 might need a flush, but it should work without any trouble.


Here is Tony Fischier's description: https://parkerpens.net/parker45.html

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Posted 13 May 2019 - 03:10

I look at Tony Fischier's site first for all things Parker.  For 45s, I also recommend looking at http://parker45pens.com.  And there's a great video that was recommended to me when I got my first 45 -- it's by Tyler Dahl, and it's on how to disassemble a 45 for thorough cleaning.

One caveat on that -- the nibs on 45s are really tiny, so I recommend taking the nib assembly apart over something like a pan so you can keep track of the nib, feed, and hood.

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