Parker Sonnet Chiseled Tartan GT with Italic Upgrade

Hi everyone, glad you could make it. This is my second Parker Sonnet review and you can see my review of a Sonnet Ciselé here. It’s worth noting that this pen is a generation or two older than my Ciselé and that the cap and barrel are silver plated and not solid sterling like the more premium Ciselé. 

This review isn’t quite a double feature. Let’s call it a feature and a half? I review the pen first with the stock fine two-tone 18k nib and then in the second video I swap that nib for a broad italic of the same generation but monotone gold. 

Here’s the review with the stock nib:

So as you can see, this is a super gorgeous finish. I only wish they had gone with solid silver instead of silver plated (I’m guessing) brass. The etched design is meant to look like Scottish tartan and I think it does and decent job of that. It looks pretty classy. The trim on my pen is gold though this pen was also available in a silver trim variant. 


Being all metal with a lacquered section gives the pen a decent heft and premium feel. It’s a good medium sized pen and should be comfortable for most. The Sonnet is currently Parker’s best selling fountain pen and you can see its roots in the beloved Parker 75 of the past. Many say this is the best work horse pen ever made and suitable for long writing sessions. 

One thing I noticed and you’ll see it detailed in my next video is the corrosion on the trim ring near the nib. I take great care if drying my nibs and sections after filling and I’ve only used this pen a handful of times yet there are signs of corrosion and rough spots on the section trim. I think this model is known for that and something to definitely be aware of. 


The pen fills from Parker cartridges or from bottled ink using the included converter. This works as expected. Parker converters are not the best or worst and are easy to acquire if you need a replacement. This pen comes with the premium piston converter. 

The nib on the pen is a fine two-tone 18k nib in the earliest cross-hatch nib design. All the lines are distanced equally and that puts this pen in the mid 2000s. It writes well if not a touch dry. I really love the look of these nibs and this same nib was in my first Parker Sonnet, the blue and silver special gift edition. 


Since I have a fine nib in my blue and silver I decided to upgrade the nib in this pen to an italic. I mentioned in the first video I was getting a medium italic but it actually ended up being a broad italic:

Parker has wonderful italic and oblique nibs that really deserve to be explored if that sort of thing interests you. This italic is more like a stub as it is tipped and has rounded off corners so it’s not too crisp. It also has a very forgiving sweet spot. Much better than the Conway Stewart italics I’ve tried. 


In the video it seems like it’s hard starting but I’ve had little difficulty since. The flow is definitely sufficient and wet and gives some wonderful shading and line variation. I’m a fan and this is a nice little upgrade for me. 

I don’t think Parker sold pens with the nibs installed but the replacements are definitely still available. This would be a great upgrade if you have a steel nibbed Sonnet. 


That’s it for today. Thanks for reading!

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