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  1. The other brand sections have this kind of thread, and I couldn't believe we don't have one for Parker. So here we go. What Parkers have you added to your collection lately? We have 100 years worth of pens with the Parker name, and some of us are addicted to gathering them up. I have a number of items on order, both vintage and modern, and I will mention those as they arrive over the next few weeks. But to get us started, here's the ebay photo of a P45 I just scored: Burgundy Parker 45, 14k Medium - described as NOS. In fact, that's how I found it. I was searching for gold P45 nibs. I had to grab this one because: 1. I don't have this color yet. (I am hoping it's not the same color as my red one.) 2. A gold Medium nib is my P45 sweet spot. (I do have a 14k broad nib unit on the way, too, to upgrade one of my two steel Fines.) 3. That squeeze converter alone could cost half of what I just paid for this pen, and I only have one of those. My other P45s use carts or one of the modern twist converters. So, now it's your turn. Let's keep this one going, shall we?
  2. While searching through my father's old stationary box I found 3 parker ballpoint pens and while all of them look like jotters, they have some interesting deifferences. The first one is all metal, with a medium refill, made in France and does'nt have the logo on the push button, the second one is half plastic-half metal with a medium refill and made in the USA and has the arrow logo on the push button. The third one is all metal, is slimmer than the other 2, has a fine refill, is made in the UK and has the P logo on the push button. All of them come from the same 3-pen case. Any ideas about these models?
  3. I've purchased several bottles of vintage Parker Quink Blue Black. Some are in the 1940s bottles and some the 50s. Most are a shade of black gray and somewhat watery. The color is very pale. I have a few bottles that the ink is more blueish, but still blue black. Does anyone know the chemistry behind this? On a different front, with some of the vintage ink I've used, adding a few drops of water make the ink more dry and improve the color. It seems counterintuitive.
  4. longhandwriter

    Parker 88 With Urushi Laquer Finish

    Hello and as usual I am looking for help, in this case to identify the finish on a Parker 88. The pen was made in the UK and has a IIL date code, so second qtr 1993. The pen has a green lacquer finish over a metal barrel and the gold splash is sitting on top of this finish and is not, as has been suggested to me, breaking through from underneath the green. This is not 'brassing' as the gold is three dimensional and under 10X magnification this can clearly be seen. If anyone knows what the finish is called or has seen it it before I would be very pleased to be advised Many thanks in advance for any information you may have.
  5. My grandfather gave me this fountain pen and claims that this is a Parker 51, but I am not certain as the Parker 51s I saw online have hooded nibs and are different from this Parker pen. Please help my identity this Parker pen. Cheers, Ian
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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’.
  9. I acquired this pencil a couple of years ago with a group of mainly Parker fountain pens. I understand it's a Duofold Pastel, Apple Green Moiré from around 1929. I have some of the correct lead from another vintage Parker. I can insert some lead and wind it out but it does not wind back in. I don't believe the mechanism is working correctly. I can never wind it far enough to see the metal part that pushes out the lead. At that point, the pencil 'clicks over' on each turn. Can I safely get it apart to repair it?
  10. Here are 10 blue-black(ish) inks and two “true” blue inks as a comparison. Just for the fun of it. I scanned the sheet and with that most of the inks don’t show their sheen (or it’s not that obvious in the scan) so here are some photos of the inks to showoff some sheen: And for those of you who care about water resistance of inks, here are the inks after 15 seconds water bath:
  11. dicks390

    Parker Duofold Age and material

    Hello pen experts: I recently acquired three Parker Duofolds. Two are identified as a Junior and a Lady. I am only showing the barrel and section on the third one as it did not come with a cap. Here are my questions: Is the imprint shown on each the medium imprint or the giant imprint? What is the approximate age of each? Are these pens hard rubber or permanite? I guess it depends on their age. I tried the rubbing and smell test, and it was inconclusive to me. Is the barrel shown from a Senior or a Special? It is .52 inches wide, and came with a Parker arrow nib, not shown which could have been a replacement. The feed was not ribbed. Thank you.
  12. 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.
  13. Hello, I have a parker vacumatic twist type pencil that I recently received as part of a Vacumatic FP/Pencil set (though.. they don't look like an original set as the bands don't match). The body is in excellent condition but the mechanism doesn't seem to be working. I can twist it either direction without reaching any stop and I do not see the clutch or anything extend from the tip to grip the lead. I have tried slipping lead in it but do not feel anything in the barrel to clear out so I don't think it's a lead jam. I don't see a way to take the mechanism apart for further inspection. Does anyone have any experience with these and advice on how to try to get it working? Or is there some place to buy a replacement mechanism/send it for repair? I've attached some images of the pencil and mechanism.
  14. From the album: Mercian’s pens

    A comparison of the widths of the grip-sections of the Parker 45 and Parker 25.
  15. 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.
  16. Mercian

    Parker 25 v Parker 45.jpeg

    From the album: Mercian’s pens

    Comparison of uncapped 1970s Parker 45 ‘Flighter’ with 1979 Parker 25 ‘Flighter’.
  17. 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.
  18. samba

    My Parker 51 Writes Dry

    Hi All, I have few Parker 51 Fountain pens.One of them writes pretty dry.This pen is a NOS Green Aerometric model, Made in England.I don't want to disassemble it.Please give me some useful tips so that I can turn it into a wet writer without doing any harm.I'm not a specialist. So I'd like to request you to give me some easy and simple tips in this regard. Thanks in advance.
  19. Recently I was going through the youtube there I saw a fountain pen never heard off....the name is Parker Folio Fountain Pen. Any update regarding this pen?
  20. Please share any knowledge to help me date and identify this pencil.
  21. mikhasan

    Vacumatic Conversion

    Has anyone ever attempted to convert a Parker Vacumatic (Second Generation) into a cartridge-converter? I love the material of the Vacumatic but am not a huge fan of the filling system. Any tips or photos would be immensely helpful. Thanks in advance!
  22. My brother gave me a stainless steel Parker Vector he found a few years ago with a spare nib, pictured. Unfortunately, no cap, and no luck finding any sellers on eBay. Newell-Rubbermaid customer service have also proved somewhat less than satisfactory... no spare parts, no warranty (tbh it looks like a 20 year old model, from comparing the nib with my others). A far cry from Cross, who offered to service my pens (still haven't got the courage to send them in by post yet). I could always cannibalise from one of my other pens, but that hurts. Any of you know where I could potentially get my hands on a replacement lid to make this pen usable? Would Parker 15/Jotter/Arrow FP lids also fit on a Vector? (I tested an Arrow rollerball lid as not fitting on a Vector)
  23. https://www.sintons.co.uk/sintons_commercial/the-pen-shop-bought-from-administration/ It is now down to 5 stores from 10. IIRC, they had 20 stores 3/4 years ago. OTOH, their shop in Trafford Centre (one of the largest malls in the UK) had only one MB LE ink in stock and 3/4 from the standard range. The website has had a revamp.
  24. Included here are Hero, Sailor, Sheaffer and standard international cartridges. Note that Hero carts are meant to be re-useable and re-sealable! They also fit other pens such as Monami Olika, some Parkers, and Moonman. Also: A JHerbin rollerball (takes standard ink carts), Hero 616s and 330s, a Wing Sung 601-A, a Parker Frontier, some 'project' Sheaffer school pens with great nibs, a little gold NoNami, ink vials, pipettes, and more. CONUS Only. It would be great if you could offer to pay for a flat rate box. I will leave this up for a while. Single winner will be chosen by the highly scientific Eeny Meeny Method. Thanks.





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