Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Parker 51 Fountain Pen

Stephanie

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.


12 thoughts on “Parker 51 Fountain Pen

  1. Hi. Thanks for featuring my pen, and sorry about your damaged 51; it’s certainly worth trying to fix. Here’s the brief story of my pen: I picked it up used a few years ago, and for a while I simply couldn’t get it to write reliably. I had almost resigned myself to sending it somewhere for repair, but then I looked closely at the nib and realized that it had been altered with some kind of custom grind. (No, I had not be very observent hitherto.) Then I tried rotating the pen and writing from various angles. I discovered that it’s some sort of oblique, relatively fine stub. Ever since I found the sweet spot, it has been a beautiful writer and a workhorse pen.

  2. Hi. Thanks for featuring my pen, and sorry about your damaged 51; it’s certainly worth trying to fix. Here’s the brief story of my pen: I picked it up used a few years ago, and for a while I simply couldn’t get it to write reliably. I had almost resigned myself to sending it somewhere for repair, but then I looked closely at the nib and realized that it had been altered with some kind of custom grind. (No, I had not be very observent hitherto.) Then I tried rotating the pen and writing from various angles. I discovered that it’s some sort of oblique, relatively fine stub. Ever since I found the sweet spot, it has been a beautiful writer and a workhorse pen.

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