Vintage Pens: Parker 51

Vintage Pens: 2043 Parker 51
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $39.99
Arguably the most popular mass production fountain pen of the 20th century, the Parker 51 was so far ahead of its time it was called the 51 for its release in 1941. The hooded nib cut down on the pen drying out. The design was sleek and previously unheard of. This 1948 model was the first to introduce the aerometric filler. A simple squeeze filler with a silicon ink sac that can potentially last indefinitely. Most, such as the one on this pen, are in great working order. The pen features the "8" date code for 1948. The barrel has seen better days, and features several dings and deep scratches. However, there are no cracks. The Lustraloy cap is surprisingly good condition with only the light, hairline scratches that formed from use. No dents. The 14k gold nib writes a smooth medium line. 12.8cm capped.