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    Default Re: Considering a Parker 51 mechanical pencil for daily use

    Quote Originally Posted by ralfstc View Post
    ...so are Sheaffer's, Waterman, Esterbrook, Montblanc and many more. I think they were definitely made to be used, and used a lot!
    ...for example AUCH Pelikan. These are excellent repeater pencils:


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    Default Re: Considering a Parker 51 mechanical pencil for daily use

    Definitely agree Christof. I have a couple of the top ones (200's IIRC) and they are great. I just picked up a MB172 to match my Celluloid 146. They are really funky looking. Got any beautiful pictures of MB pencils? (I know MB is not your usual thing, but thought I'd ask).

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    Default Re: Considering a Parker 51 mechanical pencil for daily use

    For what is it worth..........

    An image of the best pencil I have ever seen - a P51 Signet.

    It was NOS and worked perfectly


    ....the P61/65 was rather nice too.
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    Default Re: Considering a Parker 51 mechanical pencil for daily use

    the 51 signet above is stunning!

    The seller did put up another model of p51 pencil. This one definitely looks like an aeromatic. However it has some rust/tarnish(?) on the cap. I wonder if I can work it out with sand paper and polishing?

    2021-10-07 17_59_49-Lapiseira Parker 51 Indian Black _ Mercado Livre.png

    2021-10-07 18_02_17-Lapiseira Parker 51 Indian Black _ Mercado Livre.png
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    Default Re: Considering a Parker 51 mechanical pencil for daily use

    I use Parker 51 pencils for crossword puzzles. Vacumatic, aero cap clicking and aero twist action. That is when I am not using a 51 ballpoint.

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    Default Re: Considering a Parker 51 mechanical pencil for daily use

    cool I haven't seen many P51 ballpoints for sale. I'm considering a jotter to go along with the 51 fountain and pencil because it also clicks. I've read somewhere the new 51 is twist instead of clicking. Shame. For me ballpoint with click is always best.

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    Default Re: Considering a Parker 51 mechanical pencil for daily use

    Ok, pulled the trigger on that P51. Hopefully I'll be able to polish that tarnish off. I'll update this thread then

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    Default Re: Considering a Parker 51 mechanical pencil for daily use

    My Parker 51 ballpoints are cap actuated -- push the cap down to work the action. Parker 51 ballpoints are uncommon and expensive. I bought a couple in the 1990s and they were about $70 then. Parker 45 ballpoints are cap actuated and look pretty nice. Some with gold tone clips, and are more available and not as really pricey.

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    Default Re: Considering a Parker 51 mechanical pencil for daily use

    Quote Originally Posted by pajaro View Post
    My Parker 51 ballpoints are cap actuated -- push the cap down to work the action. Parker 51 ballpoints are uncommon and expensive. I bought a couple in the 1990s and they were about $70 then. Parker 45 ballpoints are cap actuated and look pretty nice. Some with gold tone clips, and are more available and not as really pricey.
    How are they compared to vintage parker jotters? weight, fell?

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    Default Re: Considering a Parker 51 mechanical pencil for daily use

    I haven't used a real vintage Jotter since college, when I found one on campus in 1969. I don't think there is much difference that you would notice.

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    Default Re: Considering a Parker 51 mechanical pencil for daily use

    thanks Pajaro.

    Damn the seller just sent me a message that the Parker above isn't indian black but a very dark green

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    Default Re: Considering a Parker 51 mechanical pencil for daily use

    Quote Originally Posted by MRusso View Post
    thanks Pajaro.

    Damn the seller just sent me a message that the Parker above isn't indian black but a very dark green
    Aw, rats. What a shame.

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    Default Re: Considering a Parker 51 mechanical pencil for daily use

    I have found that the way to get a working P51 pencil is to buy a set: fountain pen and pencil. About two-thirds of the individual pencils -- "orphans" -- I bought were duds. The push-down aerometrics tend to let the pencil lead slide out when you advance it one click. The twist-action 51 Vac pencils are a little better although some showed up rusty inside.

    A hunch: as a pencil broke down, owners put them aside. A lot of the orphan pencils sold on EBay are these. Of course, that's just a hunch.
    Last edited by welch; October 24th, 2021 at 10:48 AM.

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    Default Re: Considering a Parker 51 mechanical pencil for daily use

    Quote Originally Posted by welch View Post
    I have found that the way to get a working P51 pencil is to buy a set: fountain pen and pencil.
    I think that this is a quite good advice. I just bought a Parker 75 set with two FPs and one Pencil. One FP ist shot, the other is used, but the pencil is in excellent shape.

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