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  1. Mercian

    Parker Vectors uncapped.jpeg

    From the album: Mercian’s pens

    Top to bottom: Parker Vector ‘Flighter’ BP This branded pen (along with a matching notepad) was given to my father by a sales-rep from British Steel some time in the 1980s. Its date-code is ‘TC’, so it was made in Q2 of 1985. Parker Vector RB in black plastic This pen has the date code ‘TI’, meaning Q3 of 1985. Note that on this pen there is no PARKER logo on its cap underneath its clip. That space has been left blank, in a similar way that the equivalent space was treated on a 1970s Parker 75. The broad PARKER logo & broad haloed-arrow logo are on the back of the cap, above the legend ‘MADE IN U.K.’ (including full stops), which is above the date code. Parker Vector FP in black plastic This pen has the date code ‘IIII’, corresponding to Q1 of 1994. Its cap has the narrow haloed-arrow logo and PARKER stamp underneath its clip. On the back of the cap are stamped ‘MADE IN UK’ (without full stops), and the date code. It is the first FP that I ever bought, so its steel nib is of course an ‘M’. Parker Vector ‘Flighter’ FP I bought this pen in 2019. I bought it because it is all-steel (apart from its feed) and therefore ‘robust’, and because it is inexpensive. It is therefore very well suited for use ‘on-site’, and/or in back-street pubs. It was made under license by Luxor in India. Its date code is I-IIN. The ‘I’ is for India, and the ‘IIN’ is for Q2 of 2019. It has a ‘F’ nib. The grip-sections are interchangeable between the different bodies, so I now effectively have four Vector FPs.
  2. Mercian

    Parker Vectors - capped.jpeg

    From the album: Mercian’s pens

    Top to bottom: Parker Vector ‘Flighter’ BP This branded pen (along with a matching notepad) was given to my father by a sales-rep from British Steel some time in the 1980s. Its date-code is ‘TC’, so it was made in Q2 of 1985. Parker Vector RB in black plastic This pen has the date code ‘TI’, meaning Q3 of 1985. I bought this pen in my home town’s branch of Woolworths. I bought it to replace my ‘RB-1’ in maroon/burgundy (which I had bought in the same store just over one year previously). I had loved that pen, but when I was replacing its refill I over-tightened its plastic barrel on the threads of its all-steel grip-section, and the plastic cracked and broke, rendering my pen ‘unserviceable’ 😢 I remember being surprised by the fact that its name had been changed to ‘Vector’, and by the changed length of the cap and the grip-section. And disappointed that Woolworths didn’t have any maroon/burgundy ones in stock, and so I had to settle for boring black. I didn’t want to break this pen, so I ‘babied it’ for many years, including managing to do so all the way through my undergraduate university course 😮 In about 2016 I was replacing its refill and made the same Schoolboy Error that I made with the RB-1 I have glued this pen’s body back together. Note that on this pen there is no PARKER logo on its cap underneath its clip. That space has been left blank, like on a 1970s Parker 75. The broad PARKER logo & broad haloed-arrow logo are on the back of the cap, above the legend ‘MADE IN U.K.’ (including full stops), which is above the date code. Parker Vector FP in black plastic This pen has the date code ‘IIII’, corresponding to Q1 of 1994. Its cap has the narrow haloed-arrow logo and PARKER stamp underneath its clip. On the back of the cap are stamped ‘MADE IN UK’ (without full stops), and the date code. It is the first fountain pen that I ever bought. I decided that I wanted to buy a fountain pen (i.e. a pen for ‘grown-ups’), and went in to the city centre to have a look around the large branch of WH Smiths there. As a well-trained swallower of Marketing, I was only ever going to buy a Parker, and so only had to choose which model I wanted to buy. I toyed with the idea of buying a 45 Flighter, but I disliked its yellow-gold-plated clip, so I eventually settled on this cheap black plastic Vector, not least because it matched my black plastic Vector RB. Its steel nib is of course an ‘M’. Parker Vector ‘Flighter’ FP I bought this pen in 2019. I bought it because it is (apart from its feed) all-steel, and therefore ‘robust’; and because it is inexpensive. It is therefore very well suited for use ‘on-site’, and/or in back-street pubs. It was made under license by Luxor in India. Its date code is I-IIN. The ‘I’ is for India, and the ‘IIN’ is for Q2 of 2019. It has a ‘F’ nib. The grip-sections are interchangeable between the different bodies, so I now effectively have four Vector FPs. I note that it is designed to look like a ‘negative image’ of the black plastic Vector. The black Vector has steel-coloured barrel-end, whereas this steel Vector has a black plastic cap-top and barrel-end.
  3. From the album: Mercian’s pens

    This picture is to show the differences between the tops of my Vectors’ caps. L-R Parker Vector ‘Flighter’ FP Made by Luxor in India in 2019. The oval depression in its cap is filled with black plastic, to match the black plastic trim on the cap, and that at the distal end of the ’Flighter’ barrel. Parker Vector FP in black plastic This pen was made in Newhaven in 1994. The oval depression in this pen’s cap’s top is decorated with what looks like a piece of white cardboard/paper. This enables one to rapidly distinguish the fact that this is the Vector FP from the next two Vectors (RB & BP) without having to remove the pens from one’s pocket. Parker Vector RB in black plastic This is another Newhaven pen, but dates from 1985. Note that the insert visible inside the oval on this pen’s cap’s top is made of shiny ‘white metal’ (steel?). Parker Vector ‘Flighter’ BP This pen was also made in Newhaven in 1985. Its cap-decoration appears to be made of brass. Or, at least, it is ‘brass-coloured’.
  4. alexander_k

    Pens That Hate Me, I: Parker 25

    When I was young, there were few fountain pens in the shops and even fewer I could afford. I had a few gaily colored plastic cylinders from the Sheaffer NoNonsense range but they felt too light and insubstantial. And I had a couple Parker 25 pens. I was not taken with the form of the nib or the barrel but at least the 25 felt more solid and balanced in my hand. Unfortunately, just like the NoNonsense, the 25 was too dry, with frequent flow problems. Quite often there was little difference between writing with a 25 or a ballpoint pen. Many years and many pens passed until a 25 reappeared among my pens. It was by accident: the 25 was in a lot of 20-odd pens that I bought online. It immediately disappeared in a drawer and resurfaced only recently when I decided to experiment with nib grinding. So, I cleaned and inked it. The first letters I wrote with it brought back all those memories of agony and disappointment. The ink flow was too stingy and the pen was too unresponsive. I went ahead with the grinding, which went well, but turning its nib into a decent CI did little to improve the writing experience. Never one to abandon an underdog, I took out the nib and feed, and tried everything I could to improve flow but for the first time I had to accept defeat. No improvement was noticeable. Even worse, the other pen I used in the grinding experiment, a Parker Vector, wrote so much better both before and after - and the Vector is a pen that seems far less appealing than the 25. The only conclusion I can reach is that the 25 simply hates me but Id like to know why. Was it something I did?
  5. Parker Vector Blue Fountain Pen and Ballpoint Set with Notebook Only $20 Free Shipping in the USA https://www.pensandpencils.net/products/parker-vector-blue-fountain-pen-ballpoint-pen-cartridges-refills-and-notebook-set
  6. Freedomcoach

    Parker Vector Issues

    Hi, I'm a big fan of Parker vectors despite the fact that they are on the low end of the Parker price range. I have a nice collection of about 15 vectors with different nibs and styles. I "assign" an ink to a vector and then use each for projects that fit that type of nib or ink color. One frustration I have on occasion is that the vector nibs that arrive from India nowadays on eBay often skip or write dry. I suspect the quality control on these pens is pretty low nowadays. I'd still like to resolve this if I can and and am open to any suggestions.
  7. hello hello! im not sure if this is the right place to ask, im just new. so i got a parker vector roller ball, and i use a pilot g2 refill with my vector. so what happened is i forgot to take the coloured cap off the refill and now its stuck to the bottom of the barrel. has anyone encountered this and got it out? much help and a lot of thanks!!
  8. fiberdrunk

    Sticky Parker Vector Ink Converter

    I use a lot of Parker Vectors with iron gall inks. The pens don't give me a problem at all with this ink, but the ink converters do. The slide on the converter often gets stuck. This happens with Noodlers Bad Blue Heron ink, too, so I'm thinking it's the converters rather than anything to do with the ink. Is there a way to disassemble these converters and perhaps grease them somehow so that they don't become stuck? This is the slide-type converter and not the twist type one Parker makes. I use a lot of these and many of them have had this happen. Thanks! http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTMwWDkwMA==/z/k1oAAOxy4c5Ro5zv/$(KGrHqVHJF!FGSed61BgBRo5zvgsFg~~60_35.JPG
  9. Before we start - I know that there's a topic for this, but this was also done for a couple of friends, so I wanted to make it easy for them to find the post! The convertor for my Faber-Castell finally arrived today which finally allowed me to compare all four of my pens and all four of my inks, compared to before when I was always limited to three, I decided to upload the pictures here for your input / enjoyment / etc. I also felt that this showed how nice the newer PaperBlanks journals are as I had no problems at all writing in my 'Bronte, Jane Eyre' Midi. I apologise for the slightly shoddy images, I was using my iPod camera. The first image is a sample of writing, the second shows my pens. The third is the reverse of the page I wrote on.





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