Today’s Uploads And More On The Parsons Italix

I’ll be uploading about 20 pens to the sales website today, many boxed Conway Stewarts among them and quite a few flexible nibs too!  Keep an eye on the site as they’ll be popping up within the hour.

I had an email from Peter Ford of the mrpen website.  I had said that I believed the Parson Italix pens to be Chinese.  He informed me that they are, in fact, made in a workshop in Crewe.  I’ll add that as an edit to the original blog post.  It’s one of those occasions when I’m delighted to be proved wrong – it’s a very good thing that we’re making these excellent pens in this country and it makes me appreciate my pen even more.

I’ve been using it quite a lot – that’s how good it is – and I’ve revised my earlier opinion.  It is too heavy for long periods of writing in the posted position.  Without the cap it’s fine, but I could feel the strain building up in my thumb and wrist from the leverage of the heavy cap.  I always write with my pens posted but this will have to be the exception.  It feels a little funny but I’m sure I’ll get used to it.


8 thoughts on “Today’s Uploads And More On The Parsons Italix

  1. Hello Deb,
    I bought a Parson’s essential from Mr Pen about three years ago with a similar intention of giving it a go and not expecting much. However I was very impressed by the build quality of the pen. I think it is a great writer at a very decent price which easily beats many of the more expensive modern pens. It is heavy when you compare with the pens from the first half of the 20th century, but so are all the modern pens. The body of the modern pen is stronger which in some ways is better (that modern nibs are no match is another story), but the price for that is a heavier pen. I suppose the manufacturers chose this, and of course the heavily tipped strong nibs, to compensate for the rough use by hands accustomed to writing with a biro.
    The other thing which I must mention is the service provided by Mr Ford is five star. As I have the habit of losing pens all over my workplace (it is a tribute to my colleagues that they have always been returned without fail), I requested my name be inscribed since this service was offered. There was a spelling mistake in the name and I wrote to Peter Ford, and he sent me another cap the same day no questions asked.
    I would definitely have bought more pens from him, indeed I may well do so, but my pen is still doing a grand job after 3 years. And I already struggle to rotate and use all my acquisitions as my arsenal grows.
    For those who are not into pens of a bygone era and want a modern writer, I would recommend this any day.
    Best regards.

    1. Hi Mehdi,
      I can understand that modern pen nibs have to be robust to withstand misuse, but I can’t believe that even a ballpoint user would crush an acrylic pen! I can see no benefit in using brass for barrels and caps. It’s plumbing, not pen manufacture.

      From the feedback responses, I can see that many others also appreciate the quality of service Mr Ford provides. It’s quite heartening to see such a customer-oriented company these days.

  2. Hi Deb,

    Not sure if I mentioned before but I also use Mr. Pen’s Parsons Essentials but I never post the cap for the same reasons you mentioned. They are avery balanced pens on their own and few weeks ago I got my third one because I liked the new colour that has been introduced.

    It is a green Parson’s Essential with an italic broad nib which writes beautifully and I use it at work. The ink I am using, to match the colour of the pen, is Montblanc Irish Green. Even my wife is amazed with it.

    Kind regards,


  3. It says on their own website “The Parson’s and the Churchman’s pens are commissioned from the Far East and on receipt in the UK are adapted by MrPen”. Whatever their origin, I have two and think they’re well worth the price. Personally I like the weight.

    1. It gets a bit confusing, but it seems that some models were made in the Far East (is that a way of avoiding saying “China”?) – these include the Parson’s and the Churchman, I think. Others are made in Crewe.

  4. Not one of our Italix range of pens is made in China (PRC) or Hong Kong for that matter. We see no reason to assist competitors as to where we source the production on our pens, however if it dispels some rumours: The Italix Originalis is made entirly in the UK, the Imperium and Imperious are German, the Pasza range are UK made, the profession series are UK made. All the nibs are converted in the Italix workshop, boxing, instruction leaflets and final presentation are all done in the UK. We have nothing against Chinese pens and if the right model of the right quality comes along we would not hesitate to commission it. However Chinese design has so far not excited us too much, we prefer to offer a more classical look. Hope this helps. One last point we probably make more of our pens than Cross, Sheaffer and a few major brands do. MrPen

    1. Evidently you have forgotten, Mr. Pen, but you wrote covering much of this ground in January. The point of this post was to put right my earlier misapprehension. Still no harm in the belt and braces approach, I suppose.

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