the rubberized grip -- which seemed like a good idea at the time.
exactly and an ancient company like Parker should know. My Sonnets and Frontier are ok, but they cannot match the 45 (primary school pen that got me through college) and 51 (which I got as a collector). The vectors are also ok. Got my first one at 12 as a floating ball, soon pens followed whenever I got some money not spent on comics, records, cassettes, books or a new pair of trainers. The 45's (I'v added some to the 2 I got (one for my first communion and a second with gold nib at the start of my first year at university) are solid everyday pens. The green lacquered Sonnet I got in Boston on my first professional trip to the USA and my Montblancs I later acquired don't stand the test. Especially the MB's are expensive plastic rubbish with oxydizing metal, drying problem and consequently expensive repairs (the eaten away metal ring at the section).
high fiive for Parker 45, Vector and 51.
Edited by enchiridion, 03 August 2019 - 00:32.