I wrote about the Parker 75 Thuya some months ago but recently I managed to win Parker 75 Cisele Sterling Silver on eBay. It came all the way from Portugal. I think it’s fair to say that it is one of the best fountain pens ever made and it remained very popular during its 30 years of production until it was finally withdrawn in 1994. Prices for second hand Parker 75s today suggest that Parker may have withdrawn it too soon as it is eagerly sought after and expensive.
So what makes it such a great pen? For a start, the fact that it’s sterling silver and it has the very fetching chiselled crosshatch pattern with gold plated trim makes it very visually appealing. I find myself constantly turning it over in my hands and enjoying it. Opening the pen shows a wraparound nib, not dissimilar from the Parker 65 nib I wrote about yesterday. The calibrated dial between the section and the nib allows the user to set the pen to his or her own requirements. The tapered section provides a triangular grip which is comfortable for the user, a feature much copied since. It is a cartridge/converter pen and this one has the converter fitted.
It’s smaller than many more recent pens, but at 13 cm long capped it fits my hand very well. The nib is a nice smooth fine – or at least the feed is stamped with an F. Perhaps I’ve been too long using oriental fines but it appears like somewhere between a fine and a medium to me. I could write with it all day. Not that I’m going to, I have other things to do…
So that’s a Parker 75, one of the finest pens produced post-war. I can only say that the hype is not misplaced. It looks as good in actuality and feels as good as you might have imagined. Apparently there were about 11 million sold, so everyone has a chance of getting one!
On another topic, I’ve been buying in calligraphic material – lots of calligraphy pens and a huge supply of cartridges. I’ll be putting the pens up on the sales site as soon as I get them catalogued, but it’s not worth putting the cartridges up there. If you’re looking for inexpensive cartridges, drop me an email. I have Pilot, both blue and colours, Manuscript, Stypen. Rotring, Lamy in various colours and even some of the old Osmiroid cartridges. There may be some others, so if you have a particular requirement not mentioned, just enquire.