Collectible Parker Fountain Pens

Vintage Parker fountain pens can be collectibles. They are identified by their technology, design, and durable nibs. They come in varied fountain pen nibs that create fine or medium lines with many choices of refill ink colors.

Why are Parker fountain pens collectible?

George Parker's first pen-design patent was obtained in 1889. The Parker company has developed new pen technologies and marketed distinctive pens ever since. The Vacumatic, Parker 61, and Duofold pens have long endured in the industry. The Parker 51 is still of interest to collectors because of the way it is engineered. The Parker Jotter fountain pen with a medium steel nib was a classroom staple for many years.

Vintage Parker pens feature accents of gold, platinum, rhodium, and other precious metals. These touches remain a distinguishing feature of these pens. These fountain pens are expected to have a long lifespan. Many vintage pens remain functional today. Parker was the first manufacturer to include streamlined designs inspired by aircraft styling and materials in their fountain pen lines.

How are Parker fountain pens refilled?

A Parker fountain pen can be refilled using bottled fountain pen ink or a self-contained cartridge. The exact refill method will depend on your pen's model.

Pens with a piston converter or a bladder will need bottled ink. Be certain that it is compatible with the pen model. If the pen has a removable cartridge, then use a similar one as a replacement.

What is the difference between ballpoint, rollerball, and fountain pens?

They use the same mechanics for putting ink on paper, but the inks themselves are different. This accounts for differences in results and writing experiences.

A ballpoint pen uses a thicker, stickier type of ink. Due to the thickness, it is not delivered to the nib consistently. This makes for thinner, scratchy results on paper. On the other hand, it dries rapidly, reducing accidental smudging. It does not bleed through, even on papers of lesser quality or thickness.

A rollerball pen uses gel or liquid ink to create vivid, unbroken fine or medium lines. Because of the continuous feed of liquid ink, they have a smooth feel when operating.

Fountain pen nibs using liquid ink create fluid lines. It requires less pressure to write than when using a rollerball or ballpoint. This type of pen reduces hand fatigue. Fountain pen results take some time to dry. If drying time is a factor, look into specialized quick-dry fountain pen inks.

Content provided for informational purposes only. eBay is not affiliated with or endorsed by Parker.