You are right that discussions centered around Parker making again the aerometric 51. Exactly as it had been produced. The cost was thought to be possibly prohibitive. The existence of the machinery or remaking the machinery I think came up. Yes, posters who were for a remake wanted an exact remake of the aerometric model 51. I don't think anybody wanted a 2002 type remake. The possibility of cartridge/converter was discussed. That there are lots of vintage 51s in the market was discussed. I think the possibilityof an exact remake of the aerometric 51 was considered to be unlikely. If this current pen is any good, and if it is reliable and if it has the right look, people might like it to some extent. Really not me, because I am too attached to the vintage 51 aerometric and that's what I want. Too used to putting the pen under good light and looking for the date code. Too used to the squeeze filler as a permanent part of the pen (in spite of the fact that I converted a 51 aero to C/C with a brass gadget from India). I like Lucite and Lustraloy. I like the 51 I have that is exactly like my father's 51 that he let me use sometimes. And there you have it.
I have always looked first for bargains as a way to make my money go farther. At 71 I am no longer in the "build a collection" mode. I am just appreciating what I have collected and at a different part of my life than when I was 20 to 60. So bargains that cannot be ignore are OK, but no point in big buck purchases any more. Crikey, now it is more about meds.
Your points are well taken. My Lamy Al Star uses a converter that I am very pleased using' over the aerometic system in the Parker 21 I use.
I do prefer contrasting gold and silver caps unless there is a soild gold one available.
I've been fortunate to have found two 1942 51's, one with the gold and sterling cap and a cedar blue barrel and a gold and dove. These are my favorite in appearance over all except for the double jewel first year model.
Edited by Estycollector, 09 August 2020 - 22:24.