John Halbrooks’ recent submission of a vintage Parker 51 fountain pen for our favorite pen photo page got me a little sad. I have one of these but it needs repair. Found it a few years back at a local antique co-op. It wrote beautifully then one day started leaking all over my hands – the hood is cracked and I think the nib might need adjustment. I know I can get it fixed but paying for its repair is one of the reason I tend to stay away from vintage pens – the fragility factor. (John’s pen is above, mine is below) I hate falling in love with something that can’t really be replaced.