Filling Mechanism: Capillary


Vintage Pens: 4497 Parker 61
Filling Mechanism: Capillary
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $69.99
Vintage Pens: 4497: Parker: 61
Racing against the ballpoint and Sheaffer Snorkel, Parker found itself behind the "mess-free writing curve" of the 1950s. The company made up ground quickly with the release of the Parker 61 in the 1956. These pens featured a new filling system—the last truly great filling innovation of the golden era of vintage pens. The capillary filler. Unscrew the barrel to reveal a Teflon-coated tube. In it is a plastic film that sucks ink directly into the tube when tipped upside down in ink. No moving parts! The Teflon coating also minimized the ink wipe downs. We flushed this pen clean. (Frequent ink changes are difficult. You pretty much need to pick a color and stick with it in these pens.) You'll write a nice medium line with its 14k gold nib that has a hint of feedback. The cap is fine, but the barrel has heavy wear from use. 13.5cm capped.