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On 12/10/2021 at 7:40 AM, Emver said:

I'm puzzled as to why people buy these when a genuine Parker 51 is available for a similar price or not too much more. The P51 is the most iconic pen of all and they usually still write beautifully, so why buy a copy with a name which sounds like the local Chinese restaurant? Can somebody explain?

 

Having said that, I admit that I'm curious to try one. But why do they all come with fine nibs?  I hate fine nibs.

 

Are you talking about the new iteration of P51?

The prices are quite different apparently so I don't get why you said the two has similar price ($15-$20 vs almost $100)

 

Oh and you can buy the aftermarket EF / Fude nibs for the WS 601.

Even if you combine the price of the aftermarket nibs with the WS601 pen price itself, guess what, it is still even lower than the new P51, wow!

 

For me personally, the WS601 is slapping. This is the pen that the new iteration P51 should be, but Parker's ego was too fragile to take design cues from WS 601 and instead made that .. thing called the new P51. Making it a screw-on cap, no ink window and not using the vacuumatic filling system the 601 is using. Laughable.

 

Not to heap praise too much on the WS601 though, I think the body material thickness needs to be increased (plastic version) since I also had experience of hairline cracks at the body of the pen throughout long periods of daily usage. Other than that, it is the definition of an EDC, no nonsense fountain pen for me.

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On 12/10/2021 at 1:40 AM, Emver said:

I'm puzzled as to why people buy these when a genuine Parker 51 is available for a similar price or not too much more. The P51 is the most iconic pen of all and they usually still write beautifully, so why buy a copy with a name which sounds like the local Chinese restaurant? Can somebody explain?

 

Please provide information where can I buy a genuine Parker 51 for 15-20 USD. 

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On 12/12/2021 at 12:15 PM, WJM said:

 

Please provide information where can I buy a genuine Parker 51 for 15-20 USD. 

 

I think I said that a genuine P51 can still be bought for a similar price or not too much more.  I have around  10 original P51s, all of which I bought for between £15 and £30 from various sources, mostly eBay.  Here in the UK a WS601 costs around £27 from a UK seller, or £16 if you can wait for one from China, but they all come with that nasty fine nib.  I would still like to try one, but I still haven't found any for sale with a medium nib.

 

The "new" Parker 51 doesn't interest me at all, except out of mild curiosity. To me it looks like any other Chinese P51 copy.  I'm certainly not against cheap Chinese pens, and in fact I own several. Some write exactly the way I like, and I would even say that some write as well as my Montblanc 146.

 

But given the choice of owning a genuine original Parker 51, probably the most iconic pen ever made, or a Chinese  pen with similar styling, I would choose the original every time.  A genuine P51 at a sensible price is still a bargain.

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I just used my 601, vac filler with the ink window, this morning to write three pages in an A5 journal.  It's been over a month since I last used the pen, and over 3 months since I filled it.  It started right up, no problems, and wrote smoothly without skipping.  The darn thing just works!

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i have the "flighter" and a coco 601, no ink window and upon reading this post, i pulled the flighter out of a drawer (hadn't used for months) and started writing right away... my coco is the "go to" one... both are great. I'm partial to the hooded nib, tho.

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