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The Parker Inflection

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#1 Guest_Denis Richard_*

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Posted 13 December 2004 - 22:08

Hello everyone,

I promised to contribute with more reviews, so here is one... ok, I'm cheating, it's not a new one, but I did not post it here yet.

The Parker Inflection

The Inflection is marketed by Parker mainly on its style, and that's definitely the best attribute of that pen. With bright colors and a metallic lacquer finish, it does catch the eye. The half hooded nib, the stylish cap and the overall design are well done.

The Inflection comes with a gold-plated steel nib and is a cartridge/converter filler as most Parkers are. The writing is reasonably smooth and the metallic body gives it a pleasant weight. For a retail price of eighty five dollars (meaning as usual that you can find it for less than seventy...), that sounds like a good buy.

But there are definitely some weaknesses in that pen. The design is great, but the quality could have been better. A first problem is the tendency of the section to get scratched at your first cap-uncap maneuver... and its gets worse after some use, leaving you with a glossy-scratched finish. The clip is original with the metallic body of the Parker arrow and its black plastic sides embracing the cap. The problem is the easy swaying of this clip that makes it look and feel really cheap.

Overall, its a nice looking pen with average performances, and a certain lack of quality finish. It would have been a good buy at half the retail price.

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