(SOLD) This is a 1951, full-size Parker 51 Aerometric in Teal Blue with a 14k gold Fine nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle hand polish. I work according to current best practices in pen restoration and use high-quality replacement components and specialized tools.
Does a fountain pen make your handwriting nicer? I guess it's up to you to decide. Some people love fountain pens because they can get the nibs to lay down an interesting line, with "specialty" grinds, such as cursive italic or architect grind. Flexible nibs can give one line variation, which can look good, too. Regardless of line quality, I think that a well-tuned fountain pen is a great instrument with which to practice handwriting.
This Parker 51 writes a confident, true-to-size Fine line, at the lightest touch. Developing light touch is essential in handwriting improvement, and only a well-tuned fountain pen (or dip pen) allows you to write with a light hand. Also, the long, streamlined, stepless section makes virtually any grip comfortable A comfortable instrument will go a long way toward improving your penmanship. The nib has ample tipping material of excellent geometry. It "grabs" onto the surface of the paper and won't let go unless you command it to. There's no skipping or skidding, and no hard-starts. Having a steady, consistent flow is essential in improving the writing experience. The small, hooded nib makes the pen more maneuverable, particularly if you write with your fingers, which most of us do. It's forgiving of holding angle and rotation about the page. The Fine nib is perfect for just about any handwriting style, large or small. It's good for cursive, D'Nealian, even monoline Italic. Finally, the gold nib absorbs vibrations from the rough paper surface and connects you to the page, resulting in pleasant feedback and utmost control, while prolonging the operational life of your nib . Just keep thinking, moving, gliding (a quote from an old penmanship book.).
I replaced the connector and sac with a new-old-stock unit. Some restorers prefer to repair the soften connector by drilling it out and gluing in a piece of plastic tubing. I think that replacing the entire piece is a more elegant and durable solution. The sac is somewhat dark in the photo, but you can be sure it's clean and as good as new.
Cosmetically, the pen is in excellent shape, free from any defects or flaws, with the faintest surface wear, difficult to see with the naked eye. A beautiful example of this iconic fountain pen.