Parker 51 Aerometric Fountain Pen, Forest Green, XF

(Sold) This is a 1948 Parker 51 Aerometric (full-size) in Forest Green with a 14k gold XF nib and a stainless steel cap (with a jewel on top). The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a gentle cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a  nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). I restore pens according to current "best practices" and I use high-quality replacement materials.

Parker 51 Aerometric Fountain Pen, Forest Green, XF, uncapped

The Parker 51 is obviously a classic vintage fountain pen, and it's the one pen that every fountain pen enthusiast should at least try. There's so much history, such heritage, and so much advanced technology built into this pen, it's hard not to revel in this iconic, timeless design. If you have been thinking about trying a Parker 51, here's an excellent opportunity to own this beautiful pen in  a rare Forest Green color and with a smooth, dependable XF nib. Yes, you can probably find a cheap 51 on eBay, but are you willing to take the chance?

Parker 51 Aerometric Fountain Pen, Forest Green, XF, showing the Aerometric filler. Note the clear Pli-glass sac.

The pen is in fantastic condition. There are no flaws or defects, and now that it's been restored, it's going to give its new owner years (even decades) of dependable performance. This would be an ideal office pen, as it writes a line that would be suitable for all kinds of office documents and paper. An XF writer, it lays down a confident line (about 0.3 mm on my paper) that never falters, skips, or hard-starts. A line that is tuned to write a touch above average in ink flow, so you can enjoy that awesome gliding sensation but without making a mess on poor-quality paper. The pen writes at the lightest touch, but it will take a heavy hand in stride. It was designed to write on all kinds of paper, including carbon copy. The nib is firm, has a fairly large sweet spot, but it doesn't feel like a total nail, thanks to its shock-absorbing properties.

What a gorgeous material! Forest Green is a rather uncommon color on this model, so it doesn't come up for sale very often, especially in such good condition. The jewel is clear, the imprint strong, even the breather tube is in excellent shape. I predict the pen will sell quickly, so do not hesitate. Give this pen a try, it will not disappoint.

Parker 51 Aerometric Fountain Pen, Forest Green, XF, capped.

Parker 51 Aerometric Pen and Pencil Set, Midnight Blue, F

(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.

Parker 51 Aerometric Pen and Pencil Set, Midnight Blue, Fm uncapped and showing a close-up of the section

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.

Parker 51 Aerometric Pen and Pencil Set, Midnight Blue, F, showing the Aerometric filling mechanism

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!

Parker 51 Aerometric Pen and Pencil Set, Midnight Blue, F, capped, with the pencil

Parker 51 Aerometric Teal Blue, F

(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.

Parker 51 Aerometric Teal Blue, F, with the cap off

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.).

Parker 51 Aerometric Teal Blue, F, capped

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.

Parker 51 Aerometric Teal Blue, F, showing the sac guard

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.