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OT: Parker IM Ballpoint
Posted 29 February 2008 - 05:32
Posted 29 February 2008 - 13:31
Posted 29 February 2008 - 15:16
Though I've always been disappointed with Parker black laque going back to a Sonnet FP/BP set I once owned.
I also have the IM in Silver and Gunmetal and they haven't seen much use so don't know how well they hold up. Though I have the Royal Blue IM RB and it is doing pretty well with posting the cap. Never had any problem with the clip getting sprung. Though they are heavy to carry in a shirt pocket.
If you want a nice Parker BP I recommend the Latitude. Pretty much made me leave the IM's on the sideline. I have the stainless steel one - made in France. Since I started carrying mine at work a couple people have remarked that it is a cool pen and where did I get it? It's a great pen but strangely reminiscent of the Inflection and Ellipse.
Of course FP's are my main users but circumstances at work haven't given me the opportunity to fully enjoy them, mostly when I take work home is when I use them though my trusty 49 P51 and Frontier are in my desk at work:).
I agree about quality these days. Even the made in China BP refills in the IM's are useless - I addressed this with Parker but remains to be seen. I'm afraid if they give up making their refills in the UK and outsource them all to China then I don't see using Parker BP's much longer. Funny though the Sheaffer made in China refills in blue are quite nice. Hmmmmm.........
My thoughts. Take care
Posted 29 February 2008 - 17:56
Yes, I believe that is the style. Overall a nice looking BP pen, though the grip section tapers down too fast for my taste, but still much better than the majority of the slim BP alternatives. Such a shame that the Parker cost cutter saddled it with such a cheap, thin clip, totally in conflict with the heavy nature of the rest of the pen.
Right now my favorite BP is a lowly Staples Delta Elite, with thick, rubber-coated triangular barrel at the grip, shaped somewhat like the Parker 75 FP, but wider. However, it's a bit cheapo looking for carry, but maybe I should forgo form for function. And it's got a Godzilla clip that won't self-adjust in the shipping box. Thanks again for the responses.
Posted 29 February 2008 - 20:18
Hey I like those Staples BP's as well. They take Parker refills:). I attend a lot of Pipeline Safety trade shows and a few companies put those pens out as giveaways some with gold coloured clip and trim. Very comfortable but as people know I have this stuff and that I go to these things they don't stay with me long:). the show where I pick them up was last week and although I attended the show the company giving them away (from Quebec) wasn't there this year - drat!
Look into the Latitude. the model I have is about 40 bucks CDN and checking around on the net you can get them for 30 US.