I wrote about the Parker 25 some time ago and I’m afraid that on that occasion I could find little to praise. Several people wrote me to say how fond they were of the pen and this is an attempt to give a more balanced report.
First, there are a couple of things about the pen that I continue to dislike: the ball of the tipping material makes it write like a ballpoint. Also, being a rather slender pen I cannot write with it for long. That said, it does have some rather good points. It is a very simple design with little to go wrong. There are many of these pens around and they always seem to be in good condition. That reflects both the popularity of the 25 over its two decades of production and also how robust it is. The one I have at the moment has a squeeze converter, still working well.
The design either appeals or it doesn’t. I find the barrel rather strangely shaped but that’s entirely subjective. It does post very reliably. The nib has no breather hole. My pen was very dry and I thought that running a shim through the nib would be difficult without a breather hole but that didn’t prove to be the case. The ink flow was good after that.
The pen still closes firmly and that’s true of all the 25s I’ve had. The clip is still quite firm too. It’s a very easy pen to clean. There’s a hole under the feed. Insert something there and pull and the section and nib come out easily. That makes the 25 the ideal pen for those who like to use saturated or iron gall inks.
On reflection, then, I didn’t find it too difficult to find good things to say about this pen. It was in production from 1975 to the late 90s – perhaps 1999. It proved to be a big seller at quite a low price. For those who think they might like a Parker 25, they can be picked up for very little money.