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    I bought P45 Flighter set with fountain pen and ballpoint along with a book "The History of Writing" in the duty free at Heathrow Airport. The book and fountain pen were stolen by a Chinese diplomat in 1995. I still have the ballpoint.

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    I went through Heathrow more than a few times, but never stopped at the duty-free shop. Guess I missed a nifty item...P-45 set. Was the book part of the set? I'll just imagine it was, and consider it Parker's perfection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by welch View Post
    I went through Heathrow more than a few times, but never stopped at the duty-free shop. Guess I missed a nifty item...P-45 set. Was the book part of the set? I'll just imagine it was, and consider it Parker's perfection.
    Yes, the whole gift set was a pen and ballpoint in a clam shell and book together.

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    What a sad tale.

    Sounds like a great gift set.

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    Just got this earlier today, ran it thru the ultrasonic a few times (lots and lots of thick black ink) all cleaned up. Came with the medium nib, but I prefer the extra-fine I had set aside. Also came with an original squeeze converter, I replaced the latex sac with a PVC one.



    A UK made black Parker 45 with the date code AE (Q1 1982) on it also arrived, cleaned it but haven't tested it, also has a medium nib.

    Aside from those this is the only other Parker 45 I've had for a while, a teal colored one that originally had the 'X' nib, but later got a NOS Accountant nib put into it.




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    An original P45 nib with a collar mark of D is Medium Italic


    Thank you. I will post a picture of the D-Nib as soon as I got it under the lens.
    Here comes the picture of the D nib. It is in fact a sharp grinded italic nib:

    Parker 45 D by C.M.Z, auf Flickr

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    christof

    If may say.

    What outstanding photography……….and handwriting.

    Always impressed.


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    An original P45 nib with a collar mark of D is Medium Italic


    Thank you. I will post a picture of the D-Nib as soon as I got it under the lens.
    Here comes the picture of the D nib. It is in fact a sharp grinded italic nib:

    Parker 45 D by C.M.Z, auf Flickr
    The "D" is for "Daaaaayummmm"

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    Quote Originally Posted by proteus View Post
    christof

    If may say.

    What outstanding photography……….and handwriting.

    Always impressed.

    Thank you. Here's a picture of the pen:


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    Default Re: Parker 45 Appreciation thread

    Greetings fellow FP enthusiasts. I'm new here and I registered because I, too, am a Parker 45 believer. I love that it is very easy to disassemble, that it can take both cartridges and converters, and lastly, that it is very durable.

    Proof of that durability is my one and only Parker 45 -- a plain jane, run of the mill, very ordinary, "classic" 45 in dark grey plastic body. I'm surprised that after much abuse when it was used a lot -- and I never cleaned it when I just tossed it in the drawer a couple of decades ago --it just needed a simple cleaning (water flushing) and it's back to writing like it did before. No hiccup whatsoever. Simply amazing. Parker sure made these things to last forever. This one's definitely a keeper.

    But I'm kind of tired of the X nib that it came with and was thinking of getting a Medium Cursive for it, if I still can find those nibs at an affordable price. Any leads where I can get it aside from the usual Ebay?

    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHITE View Post
    Greetings fellow FP enthusiasts. I'm new here and I registered because I, too, am a Parker 45 believer. I love that it is very easy to disassemble, that it can take both cartridges and converters, and lastly, that it is very durable.

    Proof of that durability is my one and only Parker 45 -- a plain jane, run of the mill, very ordinary, "classic" 45 in dark grey plastic body. I'm surprised that after much abuse when it was used a lot -- and I never cleaned it when I just tossed it in the drawer a couple of decades ago --it just needed a simple cleaning (water flushing) and it's back to writing like it did before. No hiccup whatsoever. Simply amazing. Parker sure made these things to last forever. This one's definitely a keeper.

    But I'm kind of tired of the X nib that it came with and was thinking of getting a Medium Cursive for it, if I still can find those nibs at an affordable price. Any leads where I can get it aside from the usual Ebay?

    Thanks.
    I would start with Five Star Pens. They have some medium "octanium" nibs for about $10 each. Octanium was Parker's name for steel. They also have a few gold nibs.

    Look here: http://www.fivestarpens.com/parker-45-nibs.html

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    I like the Parker 45 cap. I use one on a Montblanc 144, and it keeps the pen point moist.

    The Parker 45 I like best is the avocado green. Very sixties.

    I have a Kullock 45 in swirly purple.

    I think the best feature of the 45 is its elan and style.

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    My father gave me his 45, a very regular grey one, with a F or M nib (I am pre-coffee and watching an early Bundesliga game, so I can’t go double check). It’s definitely a workhorse. I replaced a cracked barrel I broke (in 1995)last year with a NOS one from Five Star Pens- who were excellent. It’s been going strong since he bought it in 1963. The only thing I have left to replace is the bladder on the converter, which seems easy, and is on my list as a first hands on restoration project. Eventually, more colors, less common nib styles, and gold nibs are on my list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prettypenguin View Post
    My father gave me his 45, a very regular grey one, with a F or M nib (I am pre-coffee and watching an early Bundesliga game, so I can’t go double check). It’s definitely a workhorse. I replaced a cracked barrel I broke (in 1995)last year with a NOS one from Five Star Pens- who were excellent. It’s been going strong since he bought it in 1963. The only thing I have left to replace is the bladder on the converter, which seems easy, and is on my list as a first hands on restoration project. Eventually, more colors, less common nib styles, and gold nibs are on my list.
    Ah, the original converter! They were the best. (In 1963, I would fill my 45 with one hand holding the ink bottle and one hand holding the pen by that converter. All over the bathroom sink, just before school. With a current "best" Parker converter, you need two hands: one to hold the pen and the other to twist the converter. That leaves the bottle free to maybe tip over.)

    Yes, if you can replace the converter's bladder, you will have a quiet, humble, masterpiece. No glitz, and no bling. Just an elegant pen that does what it was meant to do. Almost 60 years old and as good as anything you could buy today.

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    Good point about the original squeeze converter. I resacced one of mine with a PVC sac. Now a painfully mediocre pen that dries out when I think I want to write with it can persist ad infinitum. Mostly I just look at it, as the style is lovely, and this pen and its easy to wield when filling converter can annoy someone else after me. These are pretty, though.

    Really I only have pens to look at and admire them, and it has been like this for years now.

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    Default Re: Parker 45 Appreciation thread

    pajaro,

    I have given your comments a lot of thought.


    It is interesting how different we all are.

    I collected Parker pens to both gain knowledge and admire some of the engineering techniques.

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    Hello

    I'm a newbie. You guys' 45s and knowledge blow me away. I just posted in the Parker forum about a 45 demonstrator that came to me.

    The collector has old ink in it. But more than that, I'm wondering if it could be a Kullock? What is that about? Were they clones? How can I tell if the one I have is genuine Parker? And more than that, what shall I do with it? I'm not a collector.

    Thanks
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    In the mid 80's I found a store that sold discontinued things: among them were some Parker 45 Coronets in blue for less than five dollars each. I bought three. When I saw the price in a pen catalogue I went back to that store to buy some more pens but all of them were gone. I kept one and eventually gave as gifts the other two.

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    I just got out my only non-Kullock 45 to compare/contrast with a Moonman lookalike. The Parker seems to have a monster feed by comparison.
    My other pen is a Montblanc.

    And my other blog is a tumblr!

    My eBooks. Because why not.

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    Hi all,

    I have a mint Parker 45 TX in matt black with gold trims.
    The pen is marked with PARKER, made in UK. lllI

    Does anyone know more about this pen and it’s value?

    Thanks!
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