The modern ballpoint, which has a long and fascinating history, is still quite relevant. While other pen types have gained popularity and fountain pens have seen a resurgence, ballpoints have gotten much better as well.
Ballpoints are no longer the default writing utensil they once were, but they are still useful and pretty great for writing.
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The Parker 50 is a very collectible fountain pen that was sold in the late 1970s and much of the 1980s. It is known for its integrated nib.
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The “Parker-style” or G2 refill is one of the the most common pen refills sold today. This long-standing design is not only an internationally accepted ISO standard, but is a size and shape that is conducive to making great pens.
So with thousands of different refills to choose from, which Parker-style G2 refills should you be buying?
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The Parker 51 is one of the most iconic and collectible pens of all time. Despite its age the pen is still a classic.
The Parker 51 was a fountain pen produced by the Parker Pen Company, of Janesville, Wisconsin, from 1941 through 1972. The Parker 51 was sold with aerometric and vacumatic filling systems and also had a hooded nib, which kept most of the nib hidden under the pen’s plastic body.
The Parker 51 is a very popular pen with fountain pen collectors and is one of the most famous fountain pens of all time.
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Since its release in 1954 the Parker Jotter has been one of the most popular non-disposable ballpoint pens. It’s known for its distinct styling, reasonable price, and absolute dependability. This pen has been endlessly replicated, but rarely rivaled.
It’s consider by many to be one of the best ballpoint pens ever made.
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A popular change to make to a pen is to swap out the included ballpoint refill for a smooth-flowing gel one. Gel refills are quite popular these days because they write well, the ink looks great, and they are fun to use. Ballpoints have these uses of course, but if you are predominantly writing paper and don’t need the versatility of a ballpoint, gel can be the way to go.
So what are the best gel refills in the Parker-style G2 shape?
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The Parker Quink Gel is a refill that is sold in some versions of the Jotter pen as well as a stand-alone refill.
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Unsharpen.com has a vast trove of pen and pencil data, which gives the site a unique overview of trending writing instruments. While the archive is non-exhaustive and its reach is limited by the site’s own popularity, there are always some good takeaways from any look into our data.
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The Parker 51 Deluxe is the 2021 version of Parker’s famous 51 fountain pen. This is a new version of the 51, not a re-release, as there are significant changes to the pen.
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The Parker 75 is an popular Parker design that was sold as a ballpoint pen, rollerball, mechanical pencil, and — most notably — a fountain pen. The Parker 75 was first released in 1964. The pen remains very popular with collectors and is highly sought after in all its designs.
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If you are in the market for blue black fountain pen ink then be prepared for a wide, wonderful selection of inks. The issue is that the array of inks you will soon find ahead of you is almost too wide and too wonderful.
This guide will help you narrow down the selection to a manageable number of inks for you to consider and ultimately purchase.
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The Parker Reflex was a ballpoint pen first produced by Parker in 2000. It’s known for its modern styling, similarity to the Jotter, and large sneaker-style grip.
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The Parker Esprit is a pocket-sized fountain pen with a telescoping barrel. It’s the nearly the same pen as the Rotring Esprit, which is also made by Newell Brands. This pen was first made in 2008.
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The Parker 51 is one of the most famous pens of all time. Even today, over 50 years after this fountain pen first went on sale, the pen is sought after by collectors and mint models can go for hundreds of dollars. The Parker 21 looks almost exactly like the Parker 51, but sells for a fraction of the amount.
What’s the difference between these two vintage fountain pens?
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The Parker 180 is a lesser known vintage Parker pen first sold in 1977. The Parker 180 is known for it’s triangular nib which looks a lot like a scalpel or X-acto knife.
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