Parker in France managed to get my pen back to me on the very last day of 2019, without any communication from anyone that it was coming. It was sheer luck that I was home to receive it at the time.
I'm just a hair annoyed because it writes great, but has that same mini-architect effect of the lamy 14k EF. Not quite as pronounced (that nib wrote like a medium at times) but it kinda varies between a japanese EF and western EF/F.
If you write at a very high or very low angle it's fine, but at a normal 40-45 degree angle, you get an EF-F cross stroke and an XXF downstroke.
It seems to me that, as a consumer, I gave Parker yet another chance that it has proven not to deserve.
I asked for have the nib replaced with a Fine Italic nib, but if that nib is not available at all for Parker Duofold, then I'd take a Extra Extra Fine nib instead. The returned package contained a bunch of paperwork, including some on other customers' "repair" requests. It also contained everything that I sent Parker's distributor in Sydney in the first place — hard copies of the service request form, email correspondence, as well as the sheet of comparative writing samples I provided...
... and not a single word on which nib Parker actually fitted on my pen as replacement. There is no marking on the nib itself to tell me what it is, but the feed has "80" imprinted on its underside, which according to this (https://parkerpens.net/codekey.html) is a "Needlepoint" nib.
It writes at least at broadly as the original F nib, but wetter and, as Honeybadgers mentioned, exhibiting a little bit of "architect's nib" character — the opposite of an italic nib. That may be someone else's wet dream, but certainly not mine. As far as I'm concerned, it now has a worse nib than before.
Also, with the way it's fitted, the imprinted text on the pen barrel now faces down instead of up when I write.
The retail box, which I sent back in full including the white cardboard sleeve on the outside, now looks a little worse for wear.
I'm extremely disappointed, and while I will communicate that to Parker when its Australian distributor's office reopens in 2020, I'm not giving them yet another chance to waste my time without actually improving the nib performance (which I clearly indicated in the writing samples provided as to what I was looking for).
I don't care if Amazon's price for the pen drops to A$300; it simply isn't a pen (or brand) I will recommend to anyone in good faith. Yes, that means even if the pen could suit the particular user just fine, because I'd rather go by that user's stated requirements (instead of using the Duofold Centennial with F or Needlepoint nib as a "model" for a solution) and point them to more worthy brands such as Sailor, Platinum, or even Pilot and Lamy. I have no confidence in anything with the Parker name at all any more (and don't even mention vintage Parker pens, because "vintage" is a negative by default in my book, unless it's NOS that a collector has taken out of circulation in the market from the start and never inked).
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