1. First impressions
I bought this pen because of its (a low price and (b nice design. It also writes very smooth.
The pen comes in a plastic parker box with a manual
2. Appearance & Finish
The cap is made from stainless steel, the barrel from ABS plastic. There are also pens with a stainless steel barrel.
The Parker Frontier has a classic, cigar-like shape, with a modern touch. It has a very archetypal and recognizable fountain pen design. It is also a very clean design. The pen weighs 15 gram, somewhat heavier than the Pelikan M200, but lighter than the Sheaffer Prelude.
It is a medium sized pen, comparable to the pelikan M200, Parker Sonnet, Sheaffer Prelude, etc.
Don't pay attention to the text, that's from other pens
4. Nib design & Performance
I have one of the older Parker Frontiers, with the "fleur de lis" nib, wich I like more than the newer ones.
The Medium nib on the Frontier (wich writes more like a Broad) is a very rigid steel one, but writes buttery smooth.
This pen just always writes, it never lets you down, it's just, how shall I put it, a silent obvious quality, wich you only notice when it is too late (when you have lost the pen for example). It is like some trustworthy old employee who only got sick three times in 30 years and never expects anything back, because he "just did his job".
But, like the old employee can get an illness, this pen also has a minor drawback: when you use this pen a lot, the cap will become loose. How do I know this? My brother had a Frontier, and I had one as well (I lost that one), and both our pens had problems with the cap.
As you can see, the Frontier writes very broad (not an entirely fair comparison, as the Solo sports a Japanese nib)
close-up from the nib. Do you see the "fleur de lis"?
5. Filling system
Cartridge/convertor. You can use cartridges as well as the deluxe twist action convertor (and the "normal" convertor too of course).
Some old Quink cartridges
When you buy the Parker Frontier, you get a lot of pen for a very reasonable price. Considering its looks and the way it writes, the Parker Frontier feels like a much more expensive pen.
On an old Parker catalogue
7. Overall Opinion/Conclusion
Classic Parker design, smooth writer, inexpensive, reliable
When you use this pen a lot, the cap will become loose
Some additional pictures
I hope you enjoyed the review. Thanks for reading!
Edited by Wilfred86, 09 January 2008 - 16:33.