[PfMP] Parker 51

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Quite possible the seminal Parker fountain pen. First produced in 1941, introducing the concept of the hooded nib and with a production run in multiple countries which lasted for just over 30 years, this must be one of the best known modern day writing implements. Too young to have received a 51 before they stopped production, I came in to possession of mine after my paternal grand father died in the late 1970s/early 1980s (think I was 10-12 at the time).

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[PfMP] Parker 45 Harlequin

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Mid 1982 and I received a present from either relations or friends of the family. A Parker 45 Harlequin fountain pen and ball point set, complete in a brown and beige hinged box. The latter in hindsight was appropriate to a young teenager for the Flighter, as the Parker 45 was also known, looked distinctly dated compared to the modern and edgy 25s I was using at school.

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[PfMP] Platignum Caligraphy Set

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I must have been around 10 or 11, maybe slightly younger, when I bought a Platignum fountain pen with my pocket money. I don’t think it was my first and I doubt I would have been allowed to use it at school as they provided free pencils, plus dip pen shaped ballpoints to those in the final year who had passed the writing test (so everybody by the final term in theory). This calligraphy set will have come later, but I suspect I still bought it before I was 14 or 15, which in some respects was odd as I hated writing and my calligraphy (from mandatory art classes) was poor at best.

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[PfMP] Pens from My Past Update

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Just a quick note before today/tomorrow’s regular post. While I know quite a few of you are looking forwards to my present views on my Parker 25, at present it (and the 45) are being used as dailies to remind me what they are like and what I think of them now. As a result the probable order will be:

  • Platignum Calligraphy Set
  • Parker 45
  • Parker 25 (including the non fountain pens)
  • Parker 51
  • Parker Inflection
  • Parker IM
  • Lamy Al-Star

Platinum Curidas – a Surprising Cracking Good Pen

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Not sure anything else raised so much hype, confusion, divisiveness and controversy in the fountain pen world in 2020 (so far).  Limited supplies, production/design problems, different perceptions on costs have already created plenty of bandwidth on the various on line forums.  But is the Platinum Curidas any good? (for me the title may be a bit of a give away).

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Leonardo Messenger

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In the last few years Leonardo Officina Italiana (to use their full name) have been building quite a reputation through their Momento Zero, Furore, and Momento Zero Grande models.  All are of the same basic design with the differences being in the finials and size.  Now in 2020 they have released a new model, the Messenger, with just 366 examples being made in each of five translucent colours.

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The Curidas Tale of Three Retractable Fountain Pens

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I’m guilty.  I jumped on the bandwagon of fountain pen fashion.  I bought a Platinum Curidas in green with a medium nib.  To be honest, when the original pictures came out my interest was piqued, after all I have to others, with which I will lightly compare it, the Lamy Dialog 3 and the Pilot Capless (nee Vanishing Point).

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