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?

Parker Duofold Senior Brown Limited Edition Capped

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.

Parker Duofold Senior Red Limited Edition Uncapped

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.

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  • http://monkeyphotomcr.blogspot.com/ John the Monkey

    The striations are really beautiful – as is the trim.

    I'm surprised they're C/c fillers – and that the nib range is limited. The trim at the end suggests a piston, or blind cap for a button filler to me – shame. I think these are mostly about looks, so it's probably a good job they're so durn purty…!

    Blue for me, I think, assuming FP Geeks are buying ;)

  • Tamara

    Seems all the Parker pens these days are pretty, but I haven't heard much good about them from those who've bought the newer models. Am I giving pen snobs too much credit? Or is Parker forgoing quality construction for looks nowadays? I've gone round and round about whether to buy any Parker, other than a vintage model.

    • http://fpgeeks.com/ Dan Smith

      I doubt I'll be able to comment on their quality since I'll never buy one at the prices they're asking. I just can't see any way they'd be worth it.

  • Adam

    While it's a shame that it only comes in medium, at that price can't you easily pay Greg Minuskin to retip it to whatever you want?

    • http://fpgeeks.com/ Dan Smith

      Yes, you can and if you've got $1500 to drop on this pen then $90 shouldn't be a big deal. But I think that's totally the wrong way to think. If I'm spending $1500 on a pen I expect to be able to get any type of nib I want, From XF to BB oblique stub.

      • http://monkeyphotomcr.blogspot.com/ John the Monkey

        My assumption is that these are prestige items, more than they're fine writing instruments.

        Joking from my earlier comment aside, my view would be that they fill a niche in the market for people who have expensive pens because they're expensive pens, with the writing qualities a secondary consideration.