I love this pen. I love this pen so much that I’m really struggling to think of a criticism of any kind for it. I think it’s pretty much perfect for me so I’m afraid this is going to be a pretty gushy review. Sorry about that.
This pen is Parker’s current flagship pen and has been since its release in 1987. Incidentally I have a blue marble first year Duofold and I’ll do a review of it down the road. These pens were all initially made in the U.K. but current production is in France I believe. A great resource for the history of this pen is on parkerpens.net. The date code on my pen is “U” which makes it fourth quarter of 1991–The year the Godron pens were released. It makes my pen’s packaging suspect because the included ink cartridges are Sapphire blue which came out in 1993. At any rate when I got this box the pen was completely mint and I couldn’t find any signs of it being inked or used in any way.
I got an amazing deal on this pen because of some blurry photos on the eBay listing. I took a chance on the auction as the seller had impeccable feedback. I really don’t understand why there are so many poor photos of legitimately awesome and authentic items on eBay. Seriously, it’s not that hard. I’m legally blind and I take in focus pictures with my telephone–come on eBay sellers! Get with it! Or don’t–seriously forget I mentioned it. Keep those crappy pictures coming as they scare lots of people off and as a result I get stupidly good deals.
I love the flash of this pen–the gold is so rich and this pen just oozes luxury. It’s definitely one of the blingiest in my collection–except for the Davidoff Vermeil maybe. I’ll review that pen at some point as well. The extra metal on the normal Duofold acrylic body gives it some weight so the pen is 42g as apposed to the 27g of the all acrylic model. I really like the extra heft and the balance is perfect unposted. It can post but doesn’t do so particularly deeply so you get a crazy long pen that is top heavy from the cap.
The nib is just perfect–totally perfect. It’s very slightly toothy and lays a wet line down. This is a medium and writes somewhere between medium and broad. I’ve had no start up or flow issues with this nib at all. Actually all of my Duofold nibs have been perfect. The quality control must be top notch for this pen.
I guess that’s it for this one. Great pen. So great. Also available in solid silver on acrylic with gold furniture. What do you think of it? Any questions?
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