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    Default Parker 45 Appreciation thread

    The Parker 45 is one of the most prolific pens made by Parker.
    Millions of them were sold worlwide and a wide variety of finishes, prices, nibs, etc

    I got one when I began 3rd grade as school pen, almost 50yrs ago. I learned to write with it and Pelikan Koningsblau ink.

    Used 45s through grade school, high school and college; replacing nibs a few times due to "accidents" (i.e. kids being kids)
    After I finished college, I moved to more expensive pens but keep coming back to the 45 when I wanted something reliable, smooth and easy.

    Very well designed pen, sleek looks, great variety of colors and finishes.
    Very comfortable (to me), smooth writer with all sots of nibs and easy to clean/maintain.
    Replacing parts takes no time, and the fact that it can use cartridges or a converter is invaluable.

    Slip on cap is not a problem, and besides a few times that the pens have leaked during air travel it has never let me down
    and over the years have become more and more appreciative of how smooth the nibs are, the longevity of the pens and how easy they are to maintain and upgrade.

    This thread is to post pictures and (mostly) appreciation for this timeless design

    https://parkerpens.net/parker45.html

    Parker 45CT-share.jpg
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    Default Re: Parker 45 Appreciation thread

    List of nib codes posted in FPN
    Quote Originally Posted by baz666
    This is a list of the P45 nibs codes I have managed to acquire (it maybe inaccurate and incomplete) any corrections or additions would be gratefully appreciated.


    Accountant (A) nib

    Needle (N) nib

    Extra Fine (X) nib

    Fine (F) nib

    Medium (M) nib

    Broad (B ) nib

    Double broad (B B ) nib ?

    Stub (S) nib

    Extra Fine Italic ( ) nib ?

    Fine Italic (C ) nib

    Medium Italic (D) nib

    Broad Italic (E) nib

    Fine Oblique (FO) nib ?

    Medium Oblique (R ) nib

    Broad Oblique (Z) nib

    Fine Oblique Italic (H) nib

    Medium Oblique Italic (J) nib


    (Y) nib
    (L) nib
    (O) nib
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    Default Re: Parker 45 Appreciation thread

    I always thought that these Parker pens were quite remarkable.

    Very simple design.



    Over many years I have collected a few.

    My main focus was the rarest examples.



    A while back I bought a NOS Black TX set just to look at.

    Made at Parker Newhaven in Black Epoxy resin.
    ( These were not prototypes )
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    Default Re: Parker 45 Appreciation thread

    I also like the Parker 45.

    This is my Flighter set.



    In this case the ballpoint is special to me as it was the pen of my father in the 80s.
    Quite early I “borrowed” it from him and used it at school as I considered it as a cool and fancy pen.
    And in total I for sure used it much more than he did, but it was his pen and has his name engraved which makes it special to me.
    Even it is only a ballpoint and we are these days FP enthusiasts I would never give it away.

    Quite some years ago I bought a 45 Flighter FP to complete the set, but of course it does not have such an emotional value to me.

    And as you said great design and quality, reliable and sturdy.

    I prefer the Flighter versions.

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    Default Re: Parker 45 Appreciation thread

    My definite list of all P45 collar marks known

    A Accountant ( Arrow Park - XXF)
    B Broad
    C Fine Italic
    D Medium Italic
    E Broad Italic
    F Fine
    L Reverse Oblique Medium / Broad
    M Medium
    N Needlepoint ( Newhaven – XXF )
    R Medium Oblique
    S Stubb
    X Extra Fine
    Y Left Oblique
    Z Broad Oblique

    42 ( Oct only ) Medium Oblique

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    Default Re: Parker 45 Appreciation thread

    I had a nice custom version by Kullock in centennial blue, but alas I gave it away during one of my irrational episodes! One of the better pens (in general) that I used at school back in the day.

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    Default Re: Parker 45 Appreciation thread

    Parker 45 are very elegant pens. I have/had a couple of them in my collection:



    ...and I have a weak spot, specially for the coronet variant:





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    Default Re: Parker 45 Appreciation thread

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    Sir, do you have any images of the AK 45 mentioned PLEASE


    christof - amazing images as always, Many thanks


    I have added a David N. image
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    Default Re: Parker 45 Appreciation thread

    @proteus. - Not to hand (there may be an image on my home PC somewhere). In the meantime this link shows the same pen Peyton St Pens


    Edit: link fixed
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    Default Re: Parker 45 Appreciation thread

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    Many thanks.

    Your link does not work for me but I know exactly what you are speaking of.
    ( Added a screenshot from my past research )



    A good friend of mine has one that is a variant, have added an image of his pen.

    Personally I thought this pen was wonderful.
    He would not sell it to me.............
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    Default Re: Parker 45 Appreciation thread

    Don't know why the link didn't work. Mine was like the one on the right if I recall correctly. To this day I do not know why I gave it away. Stupidity must surely feature highly. I've had other 45s, though kept none, and it's not as if they are bad pens.

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    Default Re: Parker 45 Appreciation thread

    Empty_of_Clouds,

    An image ( screenshot ) of what your link shows me.
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    Default Re: Parker 45 Appreciation thread

    And yet I found the page when I googled it. Strange but I am no computer geek so cannot explain it.

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    Default Re: Parker 45 Appreciation thread

    For those interested...........


    An exotic example of a P45 in solid gold.

    The shells are white & yellow 18ct gold ( not UK OR French hallmarked )

    Made by a renown Italian jeweller using a Parker made hallmarked nib & both 9ct & 18ct clips.

    12 were made



    These were unlike the 51 & 61 Solid gold versions which were made by Asprey & Boucheron, who used multi coloured gold - same pattern - basketweave
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    Default Re: Parker 45 Appreciation thread

    Quote Originally Posted by proteus View Post
    Empty_of_Clouds,

    An image ( screenshot ) of what your link shows me.
    It doesn't work because the link has http:// in front of it that is always automatically populated in the FPG link box. If you delete that and start only with www. you will get the correct page
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    Default Re: Parker 45 Appreciation thread

    just some pictures:




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    Default Re: Parker 45 Appreciation thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_of_Clouds View Post
    Don't know why the link didn't work. Mine was like the one on the right if I recall correctly. To this day I do not know why I gave it away. Stupidity must surely feature highly. I've had other 45s, though kept none, and it's not as if they are bad pens.
    I think I have it.

    It is very very fussy about inks. Maybe that's why. (Beautiful to look at though, and my thanks.)

    I also have one or two other 45s, and a Moonman homage that writes better than any of them, sacrilege though it may be.
    My other pen is a Montblanc.

    And my other blog is a tumblr!

    My eBooks. Because why not.

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    Default Re: Parker 45 Appreciation thread

    The 45 was my entry level pen, displacing the awful Sheaffer school pens I had used in 5th and 6th grades. I was $4.98 in 1960, and about $45 when I bought one in about 2007 -- the year my hand said "no more" to ballpoints. According to the photos above, and Tony Fishier's great Parker Penography, Parker found the 45 so popular that the company released 45s in many classy colors and designs: https://parkerpens.net/parker45.html

    I think the Parker 45 was the first modern fountain pen. Before 1960, Parker's economy pen, the 21 and Super 21, had been designed with a built-in and unremovable filling system. The nib, grip, and filler were all one piece. That was pretty much normal for all pens. Yes, the Esterbrook had a swappable point, but an owner still took an Esty to repair a punctured sac. For Parker's 61 and 51, or Sheaffer's Pen For Men, an owner took their pen back to the pen counter in a department store, and the pen counter mailed it back to Sheaffer or Parker Service.

    If the owner of a Papermate or Parker Jotter had trouble, they bought another refill, and ballpoints had the great advantage that they wrote from an inky paste. While Parker and Sheaffer had competed for years to provide the cleanest filling system, both filled liquid ink from a bottle. Drip ink or, worse, tip over a bottle...disaster, especially if that was permanent ink.

    The Parker 45 has a nib unit that is easy to unscrew and replace. Every other piece unscrews and can be replaced. The filling system can be replaced with a Parker cartridge, as close as a fountain pen can come to a ballpoint refill.

    This has been the ordinary system for fountain pens ever since. Parker 45: the first modern fountain pen, the fundamental break from how fountain pens had been designed since the first Waterman.

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    Default Re: Parker 45 Appreciation thread

    I love the Parker 45 as a good, competent, pen that I can take with me anywhere and not have to worry much about. If I'm working on a building site a 45 comes along. Not a 51, not one of my limited edition pens, certainly not a 75 - but a regular 45. I pick them up whenever I see one at a flea market.

    I've sometimes had to threaten one with the ultrasonic cleaner, but like the Parker 51, the 45 is a pen that has very few faults and will hardly ever need more than a quick soak to get it going again.

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    Default Re: Parker 45 Appreciation thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor Kenshin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_of_Clouds View Post
    Don't know why the link didn't work. Mine was like the one on the right if I recall correctly. To this day I do not know why I gave it away. Stupidity must surely feature highly. I've had other 45s, though kept none, and it's not as if they are bad pens.
    I think I have it.

    It is very very fussy about inks. Maybe that's why. (Beautiful to look at though, and my thanks.)

    I also have one or two other 45s, and a Moonman homage that writes better than any of them, sacrilege though it may be.
    Never had a problem with it, and if I had I would have been transparent about it.

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