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Collectible Parker Fountain Pens

Among pen collectors, vintage Parker fountain pens take a place of pride. They are highly sought after for their innovative technology, unique materials, pleasing design, durable nibs and sound manufacturing quality. They come in varied fountain-pen nibs that create fine or medium lines with many choices of refill ink colors beyond black or blue.

Why are Parker fountain pens collectible?

George Parker's first pen-design patent was in 1889. The Parker company has developed new pen technologies and marketed unique pens ever since. The Vacumatic, Parker 61, and Duofold pens have become iconic in the industry. The Parker 51 is still considered by collectors to be an engineering masterpiece. The Parker Jotter fountain pen with a medium steel fountain-pen nib was a classroom staple for many years.

Parker pens are known for value, build quality, durable nibs and innovation adoption. Vintage Parker pens offer accents in gold, platinum, rhodium, and other rare metals. These luxurious touches combined with refined design aesthetics raised the value perception for these products. Build quality from steel nibs to fine metal barrels is a selling point. These fountain pens are expected to last a lifetime. Many vintage pens remain functional today. The Parker company are pioneers in new methods and materials. They were the first to deliver streamlined designs inspired by aircraft styling and materials to their fountain pen lines.

How are Parker fountain pens refilled?

A Parker fountain pen can be refilled using bottled fountain-pen ink or a self-contained cartridge. The exact refill method will depend on your fountain-pen model.

Pens with a piston converter or a bladder will need bottled ink. Be certain that it is compatible with the pen model. If the pen has a removable cartridge, then use a similar one as a replacement.

What is the difference between ballpoint, rollerball, and fountain pens?

They use the same mechanics for putting ink on paper but the inks themselves are different. This accounts for differences in results and writing experiences.

A ballpoint pen uses a thicker, stickier type of ink. Due to the thickness, it is not delivered to the nib consistently. This makes for thinner, scratchy results on paper. The benefit is that it dries rapidly, reducing accidental smudging. It does not bleed through, even on papers of less quality or thickness. Ballpoints are popular because they dry quickly and are cost-effective.

A rollerball pen uses gel or liquid ink to create vivid, unbroken fine or medium lines. Because of the continuous feed of liquid ink, writing with one is smoother.

Fountain-pen nibs using liquid ink create fluid lines. It requires less pressure to write than a rollerball or ballpoint. This type of pen reduces hand fatigue. Fountain pen results take some time to dry. If drying time is a factor, look into specialized quick-dry fountain inks.

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