Parker Parkette Zephyr XF Semi-flex

(sold) This is a 1939 Parker Parkette Zephyr fountain pen in Gray celluloid with a 14k gold XF semi-flex nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle hand polish.

In the late 1930s, Parker was struggling somewhat, particularly, in the affordable segment of the market. The company decided to suspend its long-held belief that there should not be a lever on a pen's barrel, and designed an economically priced, Parkette. This particular model is made of beautiful celluloid, comes with a nice ink window ("Visometer"), and a semi-flexible 14k gold nib. Today, such a pen would command a premium, costing upwards of $400, easily. But you can enjoy a restored Parkette for a fraction of the price.

The pen is in very good condition, without any flaws or defects. The celluloid is rich, deep, and vibrant, the gold-filled trim is quite good, too. The ink window has some ambering but it is usable.

The main attraction of this pen is the 14k semi-flexible XF nib. It writes a somewhat wet, smooth line that will widen with increased pressure. A very pleasant writer, this would be an ideal first vintage pen for a novice fountain pen enthusiast. You would be hard pressed to find a modern pen of similar good looks and performance at a reasonable price. The phrase I wrote comes from a Parkette advertisement.