Vintage Pens: Parker Duofold
Vintage Pens: 3694 Parker Duofold
As Parker Vacumatic sales flagged a little, Parker realized it needed a new upper class pen that was a little cheaper than its flagship Vacumatics. The company fell back on a proven winner, the Duofold. Yet, unlike the original hit of the 1920s, this second generation Duofold electrified pen users with its cutting edge art deco design in celluloid. We restored this vacumatic-filling Parker Duofold with a new diaphragm. Try not to love its cubist jungle green and brown patterns. You can see through the barrel, which has ambered a little. The date code clearly indicates this pen was made in the first quarter of 1942. No cracks or deep scratches mar this illustrious celluloid, but there is heavy brassing on the cap band and clip. It has a great aluminum "Speedline" filler. Its 14k gold nib writes a firm, wet medium line. Firmness gives it a hint of feedback, but connoisseurs will consider it smooth. 13.2cm capped.