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  1. From the album: Mercian’s pens

    L-R: 2004 Parker Jotter made in UK: 2019 Parker Vector made in India by Luxor; 1970s Parker 45 made in England; 1979 Parker 25 made in England 2015; Parker Frontier made in India by Luxor; 2015 Parker Urban made in France. The converter that is above all the pens in the photo is of the type that came with the original 45 - and you need to know that it will fit in to ONLY the 45! It is too girthy/‘fat’ to fit in to any of these other pens, or any Parker pens that were designed after 1980.
  2. OldTravelingShoe

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  3. OldTravelingShoe

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    From the album: OldTravelingShoe's Random Pics of Fountain Pens (2)

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  4. OldTravelingShoe

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    From the album: OldTravelingShoe's Random Pics of Fountain Pens (2)

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    From the album: OldTravelingShoe's Random Pics of Fountain Pens

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  6. A couple of years ago, I found myself on EBay bidding on two pens being sold by someone not familiar with fountain pens. As I recall, they had two Parker 45s and a Parker 61. Of the three, only the one Parker 45 with more in-focus photos was getting any bidding action. I zeroed in on what I hoped would be a double win. I was interested in the Parker 45 because, even though the photos were blurry and under lit, I could see that the nib was gold and that the cap was a nice stainless steel with a gold filled clip. Also, I have wanted to own a Parker 61 so I place bids on both and had over bid enough (I thought) to win the '61 as well as the '45. As it turned out someone else was waiting for the last 15 seconds and then out bid me on the '61. Oh well...I was going to get a Parker 45 with a gold nib! I paid the seller and waited. After about five days a plain manila envelope arrived with no absolutely no padding. I opened the envelope and was greatly disappointed. The barrel of the Parker 45 was in 3 pieces, two quite large and one so tiny that it was easily lost. I took photos and the seller refunded the purchase. I offered to return the broken pen but he said, "No, just throw it away." Well on closer examination, I realized that the cap was wrong! It was a Parker 61 cap! This meant that the person who out bid me on the '61 apparently received a Parker '61 with a Parker '45 cap. I took out the medium point gold nib and installed it in a nice black Parker 45 and put its stainless steel nib away. What to do? I listed the Parker '61 cap on Ebay. It was listed for nearly two months with no takers (that surprised me) so I eventually took it down. Then one day I thought, "what the heck." I got out the super glue and glued the barrel back together. They actually fit together quite nicely but the pen truly looked like "Frankenpen" what with the glue seams showing glaringly. After the pen had dried for about an hour (hey...I was experimenting and did not expect it to work anyway) I grabbed some 2000 grit wet or dry sandpaper and lightly sanded away at all of the seams under the kitchen faucet. What emerged was a pen barrel that at first glance looks totally fine. Closer examination will, however reveal the seams and one small, tiny, tiny, tiny (did I say tiny?) piece that had disappeared in the envelope and was too small to glue in there anyway. As you can tell in photos, the section of this pen has suffered from the plastic shrinking somewhat but I was able to fit the stainless steel nib that I had into this pen. I got a real cheap Jinao International converter (the short variety) and drilled out the opening to fit the Parker, loaded the pen with some Hero 232 Blue Black (a fine ink if you can find it anywhere anymore) and was pleasantly surprised. My little Parker 45/61 Frankenpen goes with us everywhere. It is aboard our boat each sailing season in the navigation drawer. All log entries are made with that pen. It has been in my carry on luggage to Europe and been loaned out a few times. It is a very smooth writing pen and believe it or not, the Parker 61 cap, while not feeling quite as secure on the barrel as a 45 cap does the job. The pen can sit idle for a week or so and still start right up. In addition to the Hero 232, I have run KWZ IG Blue #1, Sailor Jentle Blue, and Hero Carbon Black in the pen. It doesn't seem to mind. I was going to find a new barrel and section and then just move the nib over and create a "perfect Parker 45 with a new cap" but you know what? I love my lowly Frankenpen! So, in relating this story to you, it occurred to me that perhaps there are other Frankenpens out there that have a unique story and are actually being loved and used. Frankenpen anyone? The pen as it arrived: ...and after the glue job and wet-sanding...
  7. I am quite interested in buying a Parker 45 after using Camlin 47 for almost a decade now. I don't know what will be the ideal pricing of Parker 45 . I see lots of being sold on the several FB groups, plastic barrel and flighter model both. Any suggestions and recommendations of the things to look for in a Parker 45 regarding the pricing or whether the pen is genuine or not. I am in search of Parker 45 flighter(steel nib) with a budget of Rs. 1500. Will it be enough or should I extend my budget?
  8. Dan Carmell

    Parker 45 Variations (Photo)

    I’ve been buying and obsessing over some new pens coming out of the vast Chinese market, fueling my long interest in Hero pens, especially those that resemble Parkers, as well as pen makers formerly unknown to me. In taking some other photos today, I pulled out the remains of my 45 collection (I kept my most prized 45s and most of the specialty nibs) and took a quick shot. Here is that photo below, with two ‘ringers’ included. One is a Parker, but not a US-made pen, and the other is a Hero. Can you spot them?
  9. Dan Carmell

    Parker 45 nibs

    Here is what’s left of my 45 nibs after I sold off most of my 45s some years ago. The second photo shows the reverse side with a nib designation on the plastic nib collar in some cases. From left to right: gold* EF, faint X on collar; Steel stub w/ S on collar; gold right oblique, unmarked; gold stub with faint S; gold right oblique marked R; gold-plated EF nib marked X; gold nib marked N for Needlepoint (it does not give a finer line than the EFs here so that was disappointing); and finally a medium gold nib marked M. This is a small and random sample, but I hope it gives an idea of how wide a variety of 45 nibs existed. Not as many as the 75, but quite impressive for a budget or midrange fountain pen at that time. I think of the Parker 45 as the last widely used fountain pen in America—anyone have a different candidate? I used the term gold* above because some are 14K, while others are 10K or 12K and I did not disassemble the nib to check which was which. (In general, the 10K and 10K nibs are paler.) That Medium is 14K, however, and I don’t use mediums so if anyone is interested in it… (please excuse if that offer is against guidelines, I’ll delete if so!)
  10. Last month I bought a Parker 75 with a 14k gold ‘M’ nib. The pen has the date code ‘IE’, so is from either 1984 Q1 or 1988 Q3. One of the first inks that I put through it was Parker Quink ‘Black’, from a cartridge that I bought back in the mid-2000s. It worked delightfully in my 75, being far more ‘black’ than I remember it as being. Today I decided to put a cartridge from the same box in to my early-1970s Parker 45, which has a 14k gold ‘M’ nib. In that pen it barely wrote at all. I assumed that there was something wrong with the pen, and switched the cartridge in to my late-1970s Parker 45, which has a steel ‘M’ nib. The ink barely worked in that pen either. I then spent Some Time switching the nibs, feed-‘spikes’, and grip-sections between my two 45s, in a quest to cobble-together a 45 in which my cartridge of Parker Quink ‘Black’ would produce a pleasant writing experience. Whilst I have now managed to create a 45 in which the flow of Quink is improved slightly, the pen is still laying down a very fine line that looks ‘washed-out’ and grey. Does anybody understand why this might be occurring? Do I perhaps own the two driest-writing 45s in Christendom? I don’t think it’s this, because I haven’t had problems with any other inks in them. Or do I have the wettest-writing 75 on the planet? Is 2000s-era Quink ‘Black’ merely incompatible with 1970s Parker pens? Or has my house become host to either a Dybbuk, or perhaps a convocation of the Unseelie Court? (If I had to lay money on any of these possible explanations, it would undoubtedly be the latter one.) My thanks to you in advance for any explanations that you can offer. Slàinte, M.
  11. From the album: Mercian’s pens

    Top-Bottom: Parker 45 ‘Flighter’ BP I think that it was made in the late 1960s. Its clip-screw/cap-tassie is one of the ‘inverted cone’ ones. Note the fine grooves that have been incised around the pen during manufacture to create a ‘grip-section’ near its writing tip. This pen is the one that I reach for if I want to use a BP. It is made to a slightly higher quality than my 1991 Parker Jotter, and to a much higher quality than my 2002 Jotter ‘Flighter’. All three of those pens were made at Parker’s factory in Newhaven, but the quality of their manufacture declined along with the fortunes of the company. The grip section of the 45 BP is also slightly girthier than that on my Jotters, so I find it to be more-comfortable to use. Parker 45 ‘Flighter’ FP with 14k gold nib This pen was made in the early 1970s. This pen has a 14k gold nib that is supposedly ‘M’. It came to me in barely-used, ‘near mint’ condition. I have found the nib to be very, very ‘dry’. Under normal (light) writing pressure its line-width is only that of a Lamy Z50 nib marked ‘EF’. Under pressure it does ‘flex’ out to give a line that is slightly wider than that of a modern Parker ‘M’, and like the line written by my two Pelikan P480 ‘Pelikanos’ (whose nibs are marked ‘F’). But the amount of pressure that this nib requires me to apply in order to get it to open up to being wider than an ‘EF’, and to allow any ink to actually flow through it, is profoundly uncomfortable and tiring. I have not yet found an ink that is ‘gushy’ enough to actually flow out of this nib. I therefore suspect that it was ‘near mint’ because it is actually unusable as a pen ☹️ Parker 45 ‘Flighter’ FP with stainless steel nib This pen was made in the late 1970s. If one places these two FPs’ nibs tip-to-tip, the tipping on this pen appears to be ‘finer’ than that on the gold-nibbed pen above it. I have though found that it writes with a wider line than my gold-nibbed 45 does. I would describe its line as a narrow ‘M’, or wide ‘F’. The steel nib is a ‘nail’, and does not flex at all, but it is a reliable writer that is comfortable to use.
  12. Mercian

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    From the album: Mercian’s pens

    Top-Bottom: Parker 45 ‘Flighter BP This pen was made in the late 1960s. Note the fine grooves that have been incised around the pen during manufacture to create a ‘grip-section’ near its writing tip. Parker 45 ‘Flighter’ FP from the early 1970s This pen has a 14k gold nib that is supposedly ‘M’. I have found the nib to be very, very ‘dry’. Under normal (light) writing pressure its line-width is only that of a Lamy Z50 nib marked ‘EF’. Under pressure it does ‘flex’ out to give a line that is slightly wider than that of a modern Parker ‘M’, and like the line written by my two Pelikan P480 ‘Pelikanos’ whose nibs are marked ‘F’. I have not yet found an ink that is ‘gushy’ enough to enable me to write comfortably with this nib ☹️ Parker 45 ‘Flighter’ FP from the late 1970s This pen has a stainless-steel nib that is marked ‘M’. Its tipping is narrower than that on the 14k-gold nib on my other 45, but it writes with a wider line than that pen! The nib is a ‘nail’ - it does not ‘flex’ at all. It writes with a finer liner than do my ‘M’-nibbed Parker FPs from the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s. But it is usable with light pressure.
  13. From the album: Mercian’s pens

    I have tried to show that all three of these pens have the same ‘haloed arrow’ logo, and the same ‘MADE IN ENGLAND’ stamp. Top-bottom: Parker 45 ‘Flighter’ BP, late 1960s. Parker 45 ‘Flighter’ FP, early 1970s. Parker 45 ‘Flighter’, late 1970s.
  14. From the album: Mercian’s pens

    I have tried to highlight that all three of these pens have the same ‘haloed arrow’ logo, and the same ‘MADE IN ENGLAND’ stamp. Top-bottom: Parker 45 ‘Flighter’ BP, late 1960s. Parker 45 ‘Flighter’ FP, early 1970s. Parker 45 ‘Flighter’, late 1970s.
  15. From the album: Mercian’s pens

    A photo to show the three different types of clip-screw/cap-tassie on my Parker 45s. L-R: ‘Inverted-cone’ or ‘conical’ tassie, on my Parker 45 ‘Flighter’ BP, which I believe to date from the late 1960s. ‘Dimpled’ tassie, on my Parker 45 ‘Flighter’ FP from the early 1970s. ’Dished’ tassie, on my Parker 45 ‘Flighter’ FP from the late 1970s. Both the ‘dimpled’ and ‘dished’ tassies appear to have been in continuous production after 1970. I cannot believe that any company would invest in two different types of tooling in order to make the same small part, and so I suspect (based solely on a total guess) that the ‘dimpled’ tassie is a ‘dished’ tassie that has been machined to create the dimple. Or, if you prefer, that the ‘dished’ tassie is actually a part that was intended to be machined in to a ‘dimpled’ tassie, but which was accidentally released in to the world in an ‘unfinished’ state.
  16. Darthagnon

    Parker 45 nib wobble?

    I recently repaired a Parker 45 bent nib. It writes infinitely better than it did, but I've noticed the nib wobbles up and down a little bit (~0.5mm?) against the feed. This makes it feel a little bit floaty/brush-like/extra flexible (? my first gold nib, not sure how flexible it's supposed to be) when writing, and I suspect causes it to hard-start due to broken ink flow. Can anyone offer any suggestions to stop the wobble? Is it one of those pens that needs heat-setting to the feed with boiling water? Should I try jamming a bit of paper/plastic/thin rubber in there? Has anyone else had or fixed this sort of problem before? I'd sure appreciate any advice; thank you, once again, for the previous times you've helped me! Previously, the left tine was bent. I straightened it by rolling, which perhaps could have changed the shape of the rest of the nib (not that I can tell with the naked eye, though I do have a couple other 45s around I could compare to), allowing it to wobble. The feed is undamaged, and it writes "okay", quite wetly (gap between tines is probably a little wider than brand new, due to the repair). I'll post a writing sample/photos if anyone thinks they'd be useful... EDIT: Writing sample, using Diamine Matador ink. All Parker 45 lines are single, some of the reference Parker 25 lines are double (e.g. flames in the Ring verse). Noticeably more shading due to ink deposition.
  17. From the album: Mercian’s pens

    A comparison of the widths of the grip-sections of the Parker 45 and Parker 25.
  18. From the album: Mercian’s pens

    1970s Parker 45 ‘Flighter’ compared with 1979 Parker 25 ‘Flighter’. All the converters shown will fit in to the 45. The one next to the 45 is the one that was designed for the 45. It will NOT fit in to the 25, or in to any Parker pen that was designed after 1980.
  19. Mercian

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    From the album: Mercian’s pens

    Comparison of uncapped 1970s Parker 45 ‘Flighter’ with 1979 Parker 25 ‘Flighter’.
  20. Hello again to all my FPN friends, When the original Moonman 80 came out, I resisted buying one because I already have more Parker 45s than I can remember. However, when the 80mini came out I knew it was worth a try, if only to be a recepticle for my favorite Parker 45 gold nibs. Although the quality isn't nearly as good as that of a real Parker 45, these pens still hold their own and nib swappability opens up endless possibilities. How cool is it that I can put a soft 14k UK Parker 45 OBB stub in a tiny pen that will fit in my pocketbook or even directly in my pocket?? Here are some of my impressions after taking the pen apart and playing around with it today: (This first page was written with the stock EF nib. Notice how hard it is to read due to how dry the pen writes.) (Problem solved with a quick and easy nib swap.) Size Comparisons: (top to bottom: Platinum Preppy 02; Pilot 78G; Delike Alpha; Moonman 80mini) Comparison of Nib Assemblies: (Parker 45 on the left; Moonman 80mini on the right) Notice the extra bits of plastic from the injection molding process still on the Moonman's feed and cowl. This leads me to believe that the Moonman will probably write much better if one uses a razor blade to scrape off the extra plastic bits and floss the channels. Moonman 80mini vs. my son's "moon man":
  21. So my pen dealer out of the blue messages me yesterday to tell me that she's got a NOS Parker 25 for me. We go back and forth with pictures and pricing and she also discloses the existence of a Parker 45 Convertible GT with a 14K gold nib that is also for sale. Resistance is futile and so I cave in! Today I picked up these two beauties: an old NOS Parker 25 Stainless Steel with black trim with original box, original Spanish sticker price hanging from the clip, and a clear tag identifying this pen as a 25 with a fine nib. Turns out the pen was made in England between 1975 and 1979 as there is no code in the cap. It is a flat top with no dimple. Lovely pen! And then, I get the Parker 45 which came with a black barrel, a 14K fine nib and an original metal squeeze converter. All these for just $53!! I already have a bunch of 45 pens, but none made in the US (only England and Mexico), and none with a gold nib or gold trim. I promptly switched the barrel to a Flighter one I had from a pen that came with a faulty section, since I already have an Arrow and a Convertible pen with a black barrel. What do you all think?
  22. Dip n Scratch

    Moonman 80

    Does the long Moonman 80 take genuine Parker cartridges with a good, tight fit. I have a pack of Parker Blue/Black cartridges to use up. It is sad that while the pen is a clone of the Parker 45 it isn't an exact copy when it comes to the nib unit. It wouldn't screw all the way into my Parker 45. It's 'M' nib is broader than I like.
  23. I would like an opinion about the prices for a couple used Parker 45 Flighter Deluxe I found someone selling. Would you buy? The first Parker 45 Flighter Deluxe is a 1960's vintage (black endcap) it looks very good, some signs of use but no deep scratches, pictures are not clear enough to notice small details. He wants $12 for this one. This Parker 45 Flighter Deluxe is a 1970's vintage (gold endcap) clear pictures of it, it looks like it is in excellent condition, no scratches and very minimal wear and tear, barely used or well taken care of, it includes the original Parker pen case. He wants $17 for this one. And honorable mention (because I don't think I want this one, but if you guys tell me to grab it I will for the heck of it and gift it to someone) Parker 45 GT (I think) has a navy gray body and a metal cap with gold trims, clear pictures on it and it looks ok, there are many scratches and details everywhere but nothing too terrible. He wants $10. What do you guys think? Should I buy? Seller is local BTW, so they won't do international shipping, I would share contact information otherwise.
  24. Inkysloth

    Parker 45 Desk Pen - Propeller Base

    Hi folks, I've just bought a desk pen from Ebay, and I'd like to know if there's a list anywhere of all the Magnetix desk bases Parker made? This is the propeller base, with a nice brass-ended desk 45, with a 14ct medium nib. Did 3rd party manufacturers make bases compatible with the Magnetix system? Parker 45 propeller desk pen by Robin Inkysloth, on Flickr Parker 45 propeller desk pen by Robin Inkysloth, on Flickr
  25. I suppose this could be the beginning of a debate but I have noticed something that is a bit surprising to me. My experience (so far, at least) would indicate that the Parker 45 is typically a smoother writing pen than the "51." Let me explain: About 5 years ago, I purchased my very first Parker 51, a1949 Aerometric from the daughter of its original owner, a man who obviously took good care of his Parker 51. The pen is the classic Forest Green with a 14K Gold-filled cap and is a wonderfully writing fountain pen. Since then, I have purchased two more "51s" truly "in the wild." Both of them are vacumatics. All three of my "51s" have the more common fine to medium fine nib and all three have about the same degree of writing smoothness with, perhaps, my first "51" being the smoothest. Just a few days ago I posted a response on this forum about Parker 45 converters and an experience I had with my first "45." All of this got me to thinking because I now have 4 Parker "45s" and, with the exception of one of them, they seem to write with a smoothness one would expect from a "51." In fact those three "45s" write smoother than all three of my "51s." So my question is this: Did Parker really perfect their expertise in "nibology" (is that a new word?) to the point that the somewhat inexpensive Parker 45 consistently writes with "51" or better smoothness or do I have three "51s" that are not characteristic of how smoothly a "51" can write? Granted, it seems that the "45" is typically a wetter writing pen and the finer nibs of my 3 "51s" would naturally "feel" less smooth because of a smaller contact surface but the question, I believe, is one worthy of comment by those of you with more experience in this area. Cliff





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