Tuesday, October 08, 2002
For vintage fountain pen collectors, one of the most popular items is a Parker 51. These pens are noted for not just for their apparently excellent construction (I don't own one yet myself, but I have never heard a negative comment about them) but also for their non-traditional look, in which the nib is mostly concealed under a hood. Parker 51's are fairly easy to find, as vintage pens go, and thus they tend to be reasonably priced (again, as vintage pens go). Nevertheless, Parker 51s are once again in production. They are available at Levenger. I know that vintage 51's can be found that are cheaper than the new model, but it's still neat to see the return of a classic.