Newhaven Parker Duofold Demi
October 23, 2012 10 Comments
There’s something strange about the plastic that Parker used for its green Aerometric pens. Do what I will my camera sees them as blue. I’ve adjusted the colour a bit in these photos but it still isn’t right. Think British Racing Green and you won’t be far off the mark.
In the early fifties Parker Newhaven seemed to have one basic design of pen, but they appeared to want as many versions of it as possible, and in 1953, among the other types of Duofold, the Demi appeared. It’s the same girth as the standard Duofold and the same length as the Slimfold. This makes a pleasantly stocky pen, but it’s hard to see what part of the market Parker was aiming for. It had a five-year production run but I suspect that its sales didn’t live up to expectations because you don’t see all that many of them around nowadays.
This one’s unusual in that it has a semi-flexible stub nib, not a thing you see a lot of in Parkers. When I bought it, I didn’t think much about it – just another ho-hum Aerometric Duofold, but I confess it has grown on me. The nib’s really exceptional, not at all what we’ve come to expect from a Duofold, and the stubby design works well. Also, it has most of its plating in place and is in really good order, apart from the worn barrel imprint which is pretty much expected with the soft plastic that Parker used in these pens. On the good side, being a soft plastic it takes a high gloss shine very readily.