While looking over one of Parker’s latest limited edition fountain pens I wish I could go back in time and experience the heyday of fountain pens. Back when a limited edition was more than a throw-back to an earlier model, which is essentially what their line of Duofold Seniors are. Available since November and with only 900 pieces available worldwide, the collection features nickel palladium plated hardware and an acrylic material reminiscent of the classic Striped Duofold of the 1940′s. The 18k gold nib is engraved with a Heritage Arrow design and the original 1920′s Parker logo. With dimensions of 148mm capped, a diameter of 13mm, and a weight of 50g it’s one of the largest Duofolds ever made, which really appeals to me. I would have loved to have seen these pens come with a button filler, but no. Instead they come with the extremely
cheap common cartridge/converter. The price, however, is not cheap: £899.00. But, at least it comes in a fancy box. Did I mention these pens are only available with a Medium nib?
The red version is my favorite. I think it’s been out since early 2011. Only 1000 of these were made with just 34 available in the U.S. You can still find these from retailers anywhere between $1200 and $1500.
The blue Parker Duofold Senior LE was the first of the Limited Edition Seniors and released in 2010. A total of 888 fountain pens were available world wide. Your only chance for finding one of these is on the second hand market.