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#1 FLZapped

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Posted 14 February 2006 - 23:17

I just received a Parker 95 that I won on Ebay. It is a slender pen, much like my Falcon 50. The outside is silver with riblets running its length. It is accented with a gold ring and pocket clip on the cap, gold ring on the bottom, and the clutch ring is also gold. Either end of the pen has a black onyx-like recessed jewel. The nib is a plain wrap-around gold affair.

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It came with Parker's usual twist converter, which works nicely.
The grip area is textured, which makes the plastic feel softer than it is. With the cap on, it is fairly heavy, but is a nice weight when the cap is off for writing. The cap seats and unseats with a dull snap, which takes a fair amount of pressure.

The length is also nice, I have no problems, even with my large hands. It is 5 3/16" capped and 4 1/16" uncapped.

The only negative is that the back barrel threaded insert is brass, but the threaded section on the pen is plastic. Actually, it looks like polycarbonate. Cross-threading this section is a concern!

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Okay, so how does it write? Very, very nice. This one came with a fine nib and it writes a nice fine line that is close to what the Falcon 50 produces, which is in between the Ellipse and the 100. Some may not like the line consistency, because it does not produce color variations like my Sonnets and 45s do. However, it is a joy to write with.

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The writing example is on Kodak Inkjet printer paper. Yes, I used that line generator program to create a 3LPI page to write on. These pens have been discontinued, but are still available in various places as "New Old Stock."

-Bruce



(fixed a boo-boo)

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Posted 15 February 2006 - 04:49

A very nice pen, Bruce. I owned a gold plated one some time ago (which I have sold with a big profit btw) :lol: . Very good quality and an attractive design. Congratulations! :bunny1:

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Posted 15 February 2006 - 06:23

Nice review. The writing samples really add to the depth. And great to hear that you're enjoying it!

Edited by rigo311, 15 February 2006 - 06:28.


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Posted 15 February 2006 - 13:00

I have a Parker 95 that I purchased from a newsagent (about six months ago) who had it just sitting in the display cabinet. It was my second fountain pen and enjoyed it greatly. Mine has a medium nib and it is a joy to write with.

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Posted 16 February 2006 - 17:21

Nice pen there. :)
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#6 FLZapped

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Posted 16 February 2006 - 20:26

Nice pen there. :)

Thanks, I'm really happy with it!

-Bruce

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Posted 16 February 2006 - 21:23

Thanks for the review. This looks like a nice pen, and it reminds me somewhat of the Parker Rialto. I guess the P95 is the more upmarket version compared to the Rialto?

BTW, nice creative image shots of the pen.
Take care,
-Hans.
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Posted 17 February 2006 - 04:40

(Funny avatar, Hans!)

The Parker Rialto is a next generation Parker 88, while the P95 is heir to the Parker Arrow. Explore their interesting history at Jim's lovely site ( :drool: ).

http://www.penhero.c...ParkerArrow.htm

http://www.penhero.c...er/Parker95.htm

http://www.penhero.c...er/Parker88.htm

Enjoy!

Johan

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#9 Ann Finley

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 04:43

Bruce, you did a nice job on those pen photos. :) I'm not familiar with this model, but it's good to know what others think about a pen they've bought. Thanks.

Best, Ann

#10 FLZapped

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 05:18

Bruce, you did a nice job on those pen photos.  :)  I'm not familiar with this model, but it's good to know what others think about a pen they've bought. Thanks.

Best, Ann

Hi Ann,

Thanks for the compliments....one of these days, I'll have to throw together something I have on several pens. I have microscopic photographs of the nibs. It's really interesting to see how thier nib profile shapes look very close-up.

Funny how distinct each one's "personality" is. This is a very nice pen in all aspects, especially considering how affordable it is.

-Bruce

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#11 FLZapped

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 05:23

(Funny avatar, Hans!)

The Parker Rialto is a next generation Parker 88, while the P95 is heir to the Parker Arrow. Explore their interesting history at Jim's lovely site ( :drool: ).

http://www.penhero.c...ParkerArrow.htm

http://www.penhero.c...er/Parker95.htm

http://www.penhero.c...er/Parker88.htm

Enjoy!

Johan

Hi Johan,

Beat me to it! That's okay, you did a much better job than would have.

I was lookng at the Rialto and 88 when this one came along. I'm happy with my decision to go this route.

-Bruce

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 15:25

QUOTE (Hans Geelen @ Feb 16 2006, 09:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks for the review. This looks like a nice pen, and it reminds me somewhat of the Parker Rialto. I guess the P95 is the more upmarket version compared to the Rialto?

BTW, nice creative image shots of the pen.
Take care,
-Hans.

My wife has a 95 in a deep brown tortioseshell finish. It's a beautiful pen and quite expensive in its day I think. A very nice wet writer with a medium nib and will write first time after being laid up for weeks on end.
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#13 jips123

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 08:46

I have a black matte one my wife got me when I was a student, around 1988 or something. It served me well, but the nib or section is leaking, rendering it useless (it is in a drawer)....

#14 FLZapped

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Posted 05 February 2009 - 12:14

It has been some time now that I wrote this and I would like to say that I picked up a second one, glossy black for work and it has been a workhorse pen.

-Bruce

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 18:01

Hi,
I have two Parker 95 pens; one in glossy black and a turquoise one which I received yesterday. I gave my Mom a thuya one for her birthday. You are right about these pens. They are workhorses smile.gif. They feel wonderful in my hand. Yup, I plan one day to have enough pens and leather pen cases to match each outfit that I wear.

Ms. Miche

Edited by MichieMiche, 18 February 2009 - 18:02.


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Posted 04 July 2013 - 07:19

FYI

I have a 75 and it has a similar construction, metal barrel screwing onto a plastic section. 

In MANY years of use, including going thru college where I regularly had to reload the ink cartridge, I have not had a problem with cross threading when screwing the barrel onto the section.  So if you are half careful, IMHO this is a non-issue.


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