The Parker Classic

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It may be a slight eccentricity, but I like the Parker Classic.  I like all those pens that show an edge of experimentation, especially where nibs and feeds are concerned, and there can be little doubt that the Cl;assic was an experiment – one that succeeded rather well, especially from a marketing point of view.  The rather space-age nib/feed/section unit caught the eye of buyers and the pen was surprisingly popular.  It came in a wide variety of finishes, some quite expensive.  This rather more humble brushed steel Flighter GT was introduced in 1993.
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The nib is almost flat, having only the very slightest curve that you see on normal pens.  Part of Parker’s idea was to make a very robust nib, as writers used to ballpoints were bending fountain pen nibs left, right and centre.  It’s quite effective, I think.  They seem to have survived in quite large numbers, anyway.
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The Classic is the successor to the Parker 180 and there are considerable similarities both in the shape of the nib and in the style of the pen as a whole.
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The Classic Flighter GT went out of production in 1994 and this pen appears to have worn quite well through the intervening years.  The gold plating does have a spot or two of wear but otherwise the pen is in very good condition.  It has the Parker syringe type of converter.  All in all, I like this odd pen with its radical nib.

 

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3 thoughts on “The Parker Classic

  1. Greetings, the pen in your photos is not a Parker 180, It is a Parker Classic, very similar to 180 but the nib is absolutely different and the Classic was a later model than 180. Whatever, this confusion is very usual. Best Regards.

  2. Well Deb,
    How should I say it?
    This pen is a Parker Classic (1986-93), not 180.
    Nevertheless – it’s a wonderful pen. I like it very much.
    Best regards
    Adam

  3. Well Deb,
    How can I say it?
    It’s a Parker Classic (1986-93), not 180.
    Nevertheless I like this pen. I have some in my collection.
    Best regards
    Adam

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