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  1. Mercian

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    From the album: Mercian’s pens

    These pens might be considered acceptable for ‘Green Pen Club’, or they might not be. They are: my Parker “51” aerometric in ‘Navy Grey’, from Q3 of 1954; my Lamy Safari in 2017 LE ‘Petrol’; my Lamy Al-Star in 2023 LE ‘Petrol’. As you can see even on this rubbish photo, under my fluorescent kitchen lighting the anodised finish on the Petrol Al-Star appears profoundly different to the matte plastic of the Petrol Safari. In actual daytime sunlight (which isn’t ‘due’ here until March) their colours are very similar.

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  2. Severn

    The new 2021 Parker 51

    Is it out yet? I've heard that it's meant to be released sometime this February, but I've started to see the new Parker 51 on eBay from the US and Poland, but have not seen any official confirmation of this. Did I miss something, or are these just from a few suppliers who've gotten early stock?
  3. Hello everyone. I just received a steel Wing Sung 601, and it’s not exactly as I’d hoped. Among a few cosmetic defects, I’m also noticing that the cap is quite hard to remove, and feels very scratchy against the body. I really don’t like the feeling of taking the cap off. I’ve taken the cap off of Parker 51s before, and it was such a smooth nice motion with a nice click. So my question is this: has anyone used a Parker 51 cap on a Wing Sung 601? I’m afraid to try it out of risk of damaging my cap, but if someone has tried this and found success with it, I’d like to hear it.
  4. I have a 1948 (based on the nib's date) Parker 51 vac. It has been my favorite '51 and I have probably carried it the most in spite of having a half dozen others. 10 months ago the diaphragm developed a leak and I set the pen aside for repair. When I finally got to the repair, I ran into several problems. Getting the filler out was problematic, even with the clamping tool I had purchased and when I did get the filler apart, the existing vintage filler proved unusable as the socket for the pellet was broken. I ended up purchasing a post production all aluminum filler since the pen's collector value is diminished due to the nearly buffed away imprint. I installed the new filler and diaphragm, checked for air leaks and reassembled the pen. It writes quite well but it has surprised me off and on with an occasional leak. I can use the pen for a week or two and then, when I uncap it for use, find my writing hand inky due to ink all over the shell. Since I use the pen quite a bit, it often spends a lot of time laying flat on a table or on my desk. Any ideas why this is happening? It never happened before the failure of the old diaphragm. I have replaced other vac diaphragms and have not had this issue but this one has me perplexed. The only thing that I can think is that the might be a minuscule air leak in the diaphragm somewhere...not enough to leak ink at the filler but enough to allow air in, which would then allow ink to escape. The other possibility that I can conjure is that the replacement filler's button may be hitting the blind cap and be partially depressed. Any ideas/suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.... Cliff
  5. Hello! I'm new to the forum and I hope I'm posting this in the right section. I love vintage fountain pens and I've always wanted a Parker 51. Recently, my mother bought me two at a flea market and one of them looks fine however the other one was not opening for some reason, and since I wasn't there I suspect that she tried to open it in a strange way and that maybe the scratches deepened for that reason (or it just had them to begin with). I haven't seen the pen yet so I only have pictures to go off of but I'm wondering if it's possible to lessen/remove the scratches or if they're too deep? How would I go about trying to remove/lessen them? I'm grateful for any help I can get.
  6. donnweinberg

    Custom C/C Orange Parker 51

    I just purchased and received on Ebay from a seller in Thailand an unusual Parker 51. The barrel and section are orange, the barrel is longer than that on a true standard 51, and the filling system is C/C, but takes International Standard("IS") C/C, not Parker versions (which are too thick). I placed an IS converter in it, and it draws in and expels water perfectly. The photos below look at bit more red-orange than under normal lighting conditions. One of the photos compares the length of the orange one to a Bexley-created standard size yellow lucite one. I have seen an orange Parker 51 on another page at FPN, and it was standard size and apparently a Kullock creation. Does anyone else have an orange 51 and/or photos of one?
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  13. It helps to explore this yourself, revisiting once in a while if need be, and keep in mind where each of those personal info fields are entered. Don't leave it until the urge to change something specific to come upon you, and only then bother to ask the question! Invest the time surveying upfront, instead of waste it later waiting for an answer from nobody in particular. Most of the fields shown above are self-evident as to what they are. I think the only ones that could do with explanation are: Security and Privacy: There is only one setting under there, and that is a toggle for whether your online status (including ‘last active’ date or time) is visible to others Content View Behavior: That has nothing to do with what others can see about you, but only where you would like to start reading when accessing content Enable status updates: This toggle enables/disables the public feed on your profile page; if you disable it, then nobody (including you) can post publicly visible ‘status updates’ or any other message against your profile, but if you enable it, then anyone — friend, foe, or complete stranger — can post something there whenever, without waiting for you to initiate and then only reply to what you wrote Notification Settings have nothing to do with what others can see about you, and so is out of scope for this article, and I'm not going to delve into those right now. (You can look here, here, and here to wrap your head around how notifications work with respect to followed content.) N.B. There is a possibility that some of the above settings and data fields may not be available to Bronze members and/or Silver members, but I have no way of testing that or scoping it out. — • — Another way of getting to the Edit Profile dialog, and the way to change your profile photo (or ‘avatar’), is here: — • — Freeform, custom member titles that one enters for oneself are long gone, and have not been a thing since FPN came back from a long hiatus and platform upgrade late in 2020.
  14. Please help me identify the code on this Parker 51 nib. It only says “1” instead of an accurate year number, and I can’t find any similar nib online, or any relevant information. I’m not perfectly sure if it’s a 51 nib, however, other than the year code, everything else matches the 51 nib. The code also says “PARKER”, “RU-PL” and “MADE IN USA”.
  15. Hello, I am communicating to all of you who have great experience in these pens. I just purchased my first vintage pen parker 51 aerometric condition near mint restored from a reliable website. But the problem is that the pen has a miserable ink flow like I've never seen, an extremely dry flow that makes the black ink look gray like a very soft pencil. It is also worse in my case that I write in cursive and fast and my loops look terrible and feel rough and look dim. And my question is if I'm supposed to have bought it restored so it's clean and free of obstructions or is it a problem with the nib? I feel quite nervous and disappointed honestly I like the grip and design of the pen but its performance is the worst felt in a fountain pen. And this happened with the most wet ink I have, I can imagine the terrible result with a dry ink = 0
  16. remus1710

    Parker 51 Comeback 2020?

    So i read on the TFPN facebook page that the parker 51 will come back in the second part of this year? What are your thoughts?
  17. dysmedia

    Greetings from Rome

    Hi there. I'm a Canadian living in Rome, and am just beginning to think about fountain pens for the first time in decades. A couple of weeks ago I uncapped an old Parker 51 that belonged to my late father, and was surprised to discover that it was filled with ink, that it started immediately and wrote beautifully. As a result I read everything I could about Parker 51s; I bought a Hobonichi notebook with Tomoegawa paper, and some new-old-stock Waterman South Sea Blue ink; and I started writing a book. The Parker is wonderful — it's a Special, with an Octanium nib that's pretty much perfect, except that it's a Medium, and my crabbed handwriting requires something finer. Hence, I've ordered a Pilot Custom 742 with a Fine Medium; it's on its way from a shop in Tokyo. It appears there are a number of great repair/restore people in Italy, so I may have the Parker nib replaced with a vintage Fine. Anyway, nice to be here.
  18. I walked down to Greenwich Market last Thursday hoping there would be a few stalls open. One had a couple of fountain pens, including this desk pen. I'm a sucker for Whitefriars bases so pounced on this. When I got it home and had a proper look, the sac was completely clean, I gave it a fill with water and no old ink came out at all! Parker 51 Desk Pen by Robin Inkysloth, on Flickr Parker 51 Desk Pen by Robin Inkysloth, on Flickr Parker 51 Desk Pen by Robin Inkysloth, on Flickr
  19. Does anyone here know a shop or private nibmeister (nibmaestro?) in Rome who I can trust to grind a vintage Parker nib? I'm not even sure whether this is a good idea. It's a vintage Parker 51 Special with an absolutely perfect Medium nib (Octanium), but what I really need is a Fine. Is it sacrilege to have it ground down? Will it be as good as it is now? Am I better to simply swap it out? Semi-serious metaphysical question: It has sentimental value; does grinding a nib diminish the sentimental value of a pen?
  20. After trying a vintage 51, and two vintage Sonnets, I want to try a new out of the box Parker pen with a gold nib. I really liked the way the 51 wrote, and one of the Sonnets, they felt nearly frictionless and the way I write that's helpful. They were all Medium nibs. The options for that, at the best price I can find here in Canada at the moment, are: Parker 51 re-issue"next-generation" in Plum, "Deluxe" model with Fine 18k nib. OR Parker Sonnet Classic series Black lacquer, palladium trim, Fine 18k nib (rhodium finish). The 51 is slightly more expensive, but for the purposes of this let's say they're both about $160 USD. And they're both only available at these prices in the Fine nib, so there's that. Thank you for your votes and wisdom, and scolding, and whatever else you have in store for me.
  21. Hi folks, I got this Parker 51 from Ebay for a total of $70 including shipping. I'm trying to figure out of the nib is a medium or a broad. The pen is Made in England. If it's a Medium, it's quite a bit broader than my Made in England Parker 45 medium nib. What do you folks think? I am writing on Mnemosyne paper. Thanks! The nib says "14K" "585" "Parker" "Made in England" and I believe that's about it. I'm interested because I never thought I would love a nib that's this broad. It works well for speech outlines because it's easily legible.
  22. Bristol24

    Parker 51 to Fully Restore or Not?

    Recently I was able to get this Cocoa Parker 51 with a 1/10 12k gold cap. The imprint is fully legible with the date code showing that the pen was made during the third quarter of 1951. The pen looked pretty rough when I got it with dark spots in the gold cap and spots on the barrel. The barrel was easily cleaned up with some very fine polishing compound but the cap proved to be another matter until I reached for my can of Never Dull. A small wad of Never Dull did wonders for the cap (has anyone used Never Dull this way?). All of the dark spots faded to tiny specks and one small dark streak on the cap opposite the clip at the very top of the cap. There is also a small ding in the cap at about 9 O'clock from the clip. In addition to the ding and small spots on the cap (actually small pits and flaws in the gold filling), the breather tube is apparently either loose or corroded in two as I can hear and feel it move about if I slowly shake the pen with the barrel off. The pen fills and writes quite nicely, albeit a bit dry for my tastes but certainly doesn't miss a beat regardless how fast one writes. So, the question is: Do I fully restore this Parker 51? I can remove the sac and probably change out the breather tube here. The ding in the cap is another matter. I don't have the tools for that so I would need to send it off. Removing the ding should be straight forward but there would still be the flaws in the gold filling. Can those flaws be repaired or will I end up reaching escape velocity on this with the costs exceeding the pen's value. Right now, I am into the pen about $50 and could do the sac and breather tube here for another $15.00 or so. I heard that Cocoa is a somewhat rarer color. Is that true? Your input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Cliff
  23. 4litre

    Parker 51 nibs

    Can anyone tell me, are all Parker 51 nibs compatible with all Parker 51 pens? More specifically, are the later 1960s-70s nibs with a hole towards the rear end compatible with the feed assembly on earlier Aerometrics ? Or did Parker maybe give the feed a wider diameter on later pens, so that a nib from one of these pens will be too loose on the feed of an earlier Aerometric?
  24. jchch1950

    Parker 51 Flighter.

    How many versions of the Parker 51 with steel barrel and cap were made?

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