(SOLD) This is a 1953 Parker 51 Aerometric fountain pen and liquid lead pencil set in Midnight Blue. The pen has a 14k gold Fine nib. The set is in unused condition (please, read about it further down the page). Because the connector's nipple was soft, I decided to replace it and fit it with a brand-new Pli-glass sac. The connector's nipple would sometimes softened over time, even if the pen was never inked. There's speculation as to why this happened, but the adhesive used must have played some part. I also tuned the nib and ink flow, and gave the pen a gentle hand polish.
This is such a gorgeous set! The Midnight Blue is among the most sought after Parker 51 colors, and for good reason, the color is deep, rich, and vibrant. The material has a hint of translucency. The gold-filled cap is in equally excellent shape, without any signs of use. A superb specimen of this iconic pen.
The phrase I wrote comes from a Parker advertisement. Being the "world's most wanted pen," Parker 51 was periodically in short supply, as the company was struggling to meet the demand. It's remarkable to think that, back in the early 1950s, the 51 was much like today's hottest electronic gadgets, particularly those made by Apple, being as functional as they were beautiful, even a status symbol and a popular gift for special occasions.
The nib is incredibly smooth, but not overly polished. It writes at the lightest touch, laying down a consistent, controlled line. Parker's motto was "Writes dry with wet ink," which meant a superb ink flow regulation by the elaborate internal ink delivery system. Because of that, you can now use your Parker 51 in the office, writing on virtually any kind of paper, consistently, without the ink bleeding through or feathering. A fantastic performer!