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    Default Re: Parker 61 Capillary nib section strip down

    AFAIC I would never want to own a capillary filling 61. If I could have a nice one with a converter, I might consider it.

    I prefer to change the ink colours in my pens frequently, and in a Parker 61 capillary, it's just too much of an effort.

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    I doubt if I was ever 23. If I ever was, it was when 61s were but a twinkle in Mr. Parker's eye.
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    Default Re: Parker 61 Capillary nib section strip down

    Cob

    Just looked at your last reply.

    ................and I thought I would get away cleanly with a short answer and just move on.


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    Default Re: Parker 61 Capillary nib section strip down

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    Cob

    Just looked at your last reply.

    ................and I thought I would get away cleanly with a short answer and just move on.


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    That's fine.

    Those horrid pens are moving on too...

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    Deb,

    Just looked at your website.

    ........still picking my jaw up off the ground.

    Impressive stuff

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    Default Re: Parker 61 Capillary nib section strip down

    Quote Originally Posted by proteus View Post
    Deb,

    Just looked at your website.

    ........still picking my jaw up off the ground.

    Impressive stuff

    Thank you kindly. I hope you enjoy it.
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    Default Re: Parker 61 Capillary nib section strip down

    Quote Originally Posted by proteus View Post
    Some images of Don Doman's prototypes for the P61.

    If anyone is interested.

    As for the UK ebay seller - tracked him down with some help from others. ( spent alot of time on this this evening - just wanted an answer )
    The seller was not a conduit, sad to say he is someone who had access to Newhaven archives..........was also a pen author - how sad.
    I seem to have missed your post. The pen you show was a Janesville product. It's history and location are pretty well known.

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    Whilst I understand that all comments are subjective

    Have thought alot today about saying something -

    Writing with a fountain pen is a very personal thing.

    It is an extension of your hand to write the written word.

    Whatever pen you use is always going to be personal preference.

    Over a great many years I have had the great privilege to write with any pen I wished.

    One pen has always stood out for me.

    It has supreme style and class, an engineering masterpiece ( Don Doman 1954/5 )

    The Parker 61 Capillary ( Newhaven 1963 – 1975 ) most commonly called a Newhaven Mark II

    Over the years I have owned about 60 of them, most were mint, perfect ( even had NOS Uninked )

    Recently I have restored about 30 of them, mainly as a exercise, see what I am able to do. Have sort help and have be lucky enough to get assistance from a pen magician who I have spent a few days with.

    They are a bit like a ride in 1973 Ferrari GTS ( Magnum PI’s car ), when new / fully restored they are magnificent, when you get out of the car at the end of the ride you walk about 3 feet off the ground for the at least a hour.
    If you ever drive a neglected one that is a total pig, you wonder what all the fuss is about.
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    Default Re: Parker 61 Capillary nib section strip down

    Farmboy,

    A great many thanks for your comments.

    You are vastly more informed than I


    I seem to have missed your post. The pen you show was a Janesville product. It's history and location are pretty well known.

    Can you tell me how many of these prototypes were made.

    I know where one is, perhaps you can tell where the other one(s) are
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    Default Re: Parker 61 Capillary nib section strip down

    May have owned or handled around a dozen of the marked pens from this series, all different in some way. Unfortunately no pictures at this time. Some crazy stuff.

    I'll try to get pictures but may not be able to do so quickly.

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    Default Re: Parker 61 Capillary nib section strip down

    May have owned or handled around a dozen of the marked pens from this series, all different in some way. Unfortunately no pictures at this time. Some crazy stuff.

    I'll try to get pictures but may not be able to do so quickly.

    Farmboy

    You have to correct me, if I am wrong, please.

    There were only never 7 of these types of Doman 61 prototypes made in early 1953.

    All these came from the Janesville archives.

    4 were sold on ebay UK last year.

    All when to 4 different UK private buyers.

    I know there was a prototype of the final release pen ( the finished product ) – the same as the first pen, never seen or heard of anyone who has ever seen it. My guess it was never kept, it was just lost because after the first run it was very little importance.

    The pens that you have seen are most possibly ‘ pilot runs ‘ – market test pens from June 1953

    ( I did ask one of the ‘elite’ internet forum members, whom I do not know, to post a small piece on the Parker 61, he never replied. That was over a year ago. I could have been critical of his opus on Sheaffers but have chosen not to be )



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    Default Re: Parker 61 Capillary nib section strip down

    As there were no new posts here on the Parker section.

    I just re read this post of mine - all 4 page
    s.

    Am not now the same collector I was when I started it a while back.

    If anyone has any questions about restoring / repairing Parker 61’s please ask, I am all ears.

    I now think I can run with the very best on any Parker restoration techniques.
    Possible any post 1949 Parker fountain pen or pencil ( except Duofold's - sorry was never a fan of this pen )

    YOU WILL NEED TO OPEN A NEW POST with your question.
    Please do not ask it here.
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