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.
The Parker 50 Falcon was a sort of little brother to the more famous, but much less practical Parker T-1. That fountain pen was famous for its titanium integrated nib and futuristic design, but the T-1 was also famously fragile. The T-1 was only made for a single year and models are exceedingly rare today.
The Parker 50 Falcon used a similar integrated nib design but make the grip section and nib (which are one piece in such a design) out of stainless steel instead of titanium. This lowered the price drastically but also made the pen much more durable and considerably easier to use.
The Parker 50 is most commonly seen in brushed stainless steel — the Flighter style — but it was also sold in a matte black, brown, and gold colors. The entry-level price was $30 for the Flighter while the gold “Signet” version sold at $125. The two pens had the same nib as there was no 14k gold nib or other nib upgrade options.
The Parker 50 Falcon was also sold in a ballpoint and mechanical pencil, though they lacked the integrated nib or an equivalently intriguing feature so aren’t sought after by collectors.
Parker 50 Falcon Fountain Pen Information
|Street Price||Check Price|
|Pen Type||Fountain Pen | Cartridge/Converter|
|Barrel Color||Silver, Black, Brown, Gold|
|Barrel Material||Stainless Steel|
|Body Diameter (mm)||11.0|
|Grip Color||Silver, Black, Brown, Gold|
|Grip Diameter (mm)||10.2|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Capped? Retractable?||Capped - Snap-On|
|Nib Material||Stainless Steel|
|Nib Sizes||Fine, Medium|