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    Default Some interesting Parker 51s

    Among my favorite fountain pens is the Parker 51. They are well made, comfortable to hold, and absolutely reliable. Over the years, I have acquired quite a number of them. Several of my favorite writers are shown below. The cocoa is from the US; all others are UK production. The cordovan on far right is a vacumatic, while all of the others are aerometric. All of the nibs, by the way, are standard factory production. One interesting aspect of UK 51s is that B, BB, and stub-like nibs are not rare. Enjoy & stay healthy.
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    Default Re: Some interesting Parker 51s

    those nibs are amazing... very nice collection. you have managed to assemble a very nice group of pens. Including what looks like a "Bloody British Burgundy"

    very jealous.

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    Beautiful set of 51s. Really brightens the holiday. Thanks!


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    Nice collection of 51s there. I have a couple myself and sure do like them.

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    Default Re: Some interesting Parker 51s

    I have a few myself, just love those broad nibs !

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    Default Re: Some interesting Parker 51s

    Beautiful collection of the all-time best fountain pen.

    I like a medium. One of my great "aha" moments: discovery that Parker Newhaven had made far more medium nibs than Parker Wisconsin had, and that the "English" medium was a bit wider than the US medium.

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    Default Re: Some interesting Parker 51s

    Very nice. My favorite 51's are the gold/dove and silver/gold caps from the early '40's. I need to get an aerometric.

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    Default Re: Some interesting Parker 51s

    Do you know the reason why Parker UK produced more broad nibs than Parker USA, was it to do with the style of writing? Or did UK stationers have a set of tester 51s for their customers?

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    Default Re: Some interesting Parker 51s

    My understanding is that British people had different tastes in nibs. Itís also easier to find broader nibs in other English pens.

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    Default Re: Some interesting Parker 51s

    Quote Originally Posted by guyy View Post
    My understanding is that British people had different tastes in nibs. Itís also easier to find broader nibs in other English pens.
    Ah ok thanks. I thought it was something to do with the British writing in cursive and many Americans just print.
    Last edited by Johnny_S; April 17th, 2020 at 10:18 AM.

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    I thought when the "51" was THE pen that Americans were mostly using Business Writing (Palmer/Zaner Bloser) cursive writing?

    I was under the impression the decline and slide into print was something that happened from about 1970 forward and accellerating?...

    Am I incorrect in this?

    I prefer wider nibs because they a) are generally smoother and b) remove the spidery quality that shaky uncertain cursive seems to suffer from (mine especially)

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    Default Re: Some interesting Parker 51s

    That sounds generally accurate, IneedaFinancialAdvisor.

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