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#1 Eric072691

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 02:07

Finish 8/10

Stainless steel cap, green body, it works.

Design 7.5/10

Like I said, it works, easy to use, not too heavy, but if you put the cap on, it feels right.

Nib Design 9/10

Partial hood 14K gold shiny.

Nip Performance 10/10

Fast, easy, my favorite pen out of my collection, also the nib's a fine, but feels like its a little bigger, then again I don't really care.

Refilling 8/10

Doesn't carry a large amount of ink, otherwise its easy to fill.

Cost ?/10

I don't remember, well over 30 years ago.

Conclusion

A good pen that I recently just found again. For something that was made that long ago and to still work amazes me. Its become my favorite pen.

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#2 J English Smith

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 03:03

After years of seeing them from afar, I have bought 5 Parker 45's in the last three months. It is a wonderful pen. The weight and balance is wonderful and the nibs are surprisingly good and fluid. Out of the five nibs, I only had one dud and it was easy to locate a replacement. The gold ones seem to be superior, but some of the steel ones are great too, particularly the fines. Best color? Turquoise blue is tops, I also like the darker blue and the grey. I love the styling of the nib and section, it is a perfect evocation of the era it was designed in.
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Posted 16 January 2008 - 03:54

I too like P45s. My gold-nibbed U.S.-made writes a tad better than the steel-nibbed UK version, but I like 'em both. Good carry-about pens, not too heavy, well-built... and the clip in my pocket says to all, "this is a Parker."
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Posted 16 January 2008 - 22:57

Have used Parker 45's since 1972 - not far from a perfect pen. So easy to clean and take to pieces, repairs rarely necessary byt very easy to do oneself. I used to change to cartridges for exams otherwise always used the converter. Great pity they seem to have stopped making them.

#5 piembi

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 21:01

QUOTE(hatherton_wood @ Jan 16 2008, 11:57 PM)  
Have used Parker 45's since 1972 - not far from a perfect pen. So easy to clean and take to pieces, repairs rarely necessary byt very easy to do oneself. I used to change to cartridges for exams otherwise always used the converter. Great pity they seem to have stopped making them.



They have accompanied me through my last 7 school years and - together with some Pelikan 250 and 200 through university. I really loved the 45. I still have 3 of them but have not used them for years. Maybe I should give them a try again ....

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 01:04

QUOTE(Eric072691 @ Jan 15 2008, 06:07 PM)  
Like I said, it works, easy to use, not too heavy, but if you put the cap on, it feels right.
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Fast, easy, my favorite pen out of my collection, also the nib's a fine, but feels like its a little bigger, then again I don't really care.

This is my experience, too. Mine has a black body, w/ stainless cap w/ gold clip. I have to admire the utter simplicity of the brushed stainless over black, and the flash of gold from the cap. Very basic. It's the dry gin martini of my collection, and like a dry gin martini, it just works. Great performer, outstanding value.

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 17:03

QUOTE(Eric072691 @ Jan 16 2008, 04:07 AM)  
A good pen that I recently just found again. For something that was made that long ago and to still work amazes me. Its become my favorite pen.


Today I also used a Parker 45; my gold filled Insignia. I think they are really pretty and comfortable pens, especially in the flighter and insignia finishes.

We're not alone ... It seems that Parker sold 75 million of them (not even counting the latest reissue).

More info here (Parker 45 page on parkerpens.org): http://parkerpens.or.../parker45.shtml

Edited by jthole, 22 January 2008 - 17:04.


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Posted 24 January 2008 - 11:54

Yeah, great pens, i still have a couple from the 80s
BUT Nibs in 2 of them are damaged, where cna I get replacements?



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Posted 24 January 2008 - 22:30

I bought a '45 probably about 25 years ago and enjoyed it for several years until I lost its cap. I put it back into its orginal box and promptly forgot about it until the other day.

Anyone got a cap to fit a Parker 22 1/2?

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 01:35

I don't mean to hijack this thread, but I could use some advice.

i have a 45 that I bought in the 60's. It has an XF nib. I just located it, loaded a cartridge, (perm black) and tried it. Not very satiisfying. The line is too dry. i kinda recall that it was this way many years ago and that's why it has spent most of its life in a drawer.

Can any one offer advice as to how to get a smoother, wetter line out of the XF nib?
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#11 dcwaites

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 01:51

QUOTE(MaxP @ Mar 17 2008, 12:35 PM)  
I don't mean to hijack this thread, but I could use some advice.

i have a 45 that I bought in the 60's. It has an XF nib. I just located it, loaded a cartridge, (perm black) and tried it. Not very satiisfying. The line is too dry. i kinda recall that it was this way many years ago and that's why it has spent most of its life in a drawer.

Can any one offer advice as to how to get a smoother, wetter line out of the XF nib?

I had a similar problem with one of my Chinese pens, a semi-hooded Jinhao. I filled it with Private Reserve Lake Placid Blue (a very free-flowing ink). Enough ink now flows down the nib to make it a pleasant writer, but not so much to get the feathering and bleeding that I get with other, more normal, nibs.

PR Velvet Black may also work if you are looking for a black, but I haven't tried it in this pen yet.


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#12 MaxP

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 02:13

David-

So I dumped the perm black cartridge, put in the converter and filled it with Waterman Florida Blue. Its better, but still not what i'm after. Its a steel nib. Maybe I should look for a fine instead of the xfine that I have.


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#13 Marlon

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 04:57

I have two 45s... Im quite happy with them!

An XF nib (which i broke sad.gif) and an M nib...

Its true, I dont have a lot of pens, the 45s, a Vector, a Phileas and a Hemispere, together with another (i dont know its name)...

I fint the 45 best...

Can any one point to me where I can find two XF nibs?

stainless steel and gold...

thnaks.

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 21:36

QUOTE (J English Smith @ Jan 15 2008, 09:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
After years of seeing them from afar, I have bought 5 Parker 45's in the last three months.


I did this too and I'm glad I did!!

My wife bought her 45, in a Harlequin Circlet finish, with a factory 15-degree, left foot oblique, italic at the Dallas Pen Show and she hasn't put it down. I bought a "flighter" and two others - one of these to get at it's factory stub nib - and won the fifth 45 at the silent auction. Two of the nibs are duds, but the oblique, stub, and F nibs are outstanding. These are fun, relatively good quality pens and the price hasn't hit the stratosphere - yet.

Outside of eBay, I'd be interested too in finding out where I could find replacement nibs from a reliable seller.

Edited by Jersey Diabolo, 30 November 2008 - 21:37.


#15 dogpoet

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 22:36

Will the nibs from the current 45s fit into an older pen, Diablo?

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 08:26

QUOTE (dogpoet @ Nov 30 2008, 04:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Will the nibs from the current 45s fit into an older pen, Diablo?


I'm not a full-on expert. The materials the nibs were made from varied from 14K gold, gold-toned, and stainless steel, but the nib design appears to have remained the same. The nibs on all five of the pens I have simply screw out and can be replaced with any of the others in a matter of seconds.

#17 dogpoet

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 19:06

That's why I was wondering: the only recent 45s I've seen had steel nibs, but presumably they still do a gold one, and if it's still the same size connector and thread, you can hook it up to an older pen.
(That said, a newer nib won't be an italic or stub or anything else fancy, probably.)

#18 lovemy51

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 21:27

i like these p45s... if i ever get a job (been unemployed for two months now), i'll keep buying them (own three now, including a flighter).

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 17:57

I have a "45" Flighter that I got re-nibbed by Parker. Asked for a fine italic and got that. Few years ago now. Most Parker distributors have pre-addressed envelopes to send the pen to Parker.

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Posted 05 December 2008 - 21:39

I've just started using an old "45" in full stainless finish of my Grandfathers. (U.K. Steel-nib type. The plastic is stamped "M", presumably for medium.) It writes beautifully compared to the Vectors and truly awful generic-brand fountain pens I have used previously. I bought a 5-pack of Permanent Blue Quink Cartridges in the local stationer's and on those I am likley to remain- it's almost impossible to get any other ink here in the Irish Free State! I can only read in envy of the merits of Noodler's ink...






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