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.
The Parker Jotter is the pen sold with a Parker-style G2 refill. This highly versatile refill type is an ISO standard so it’s used in a huge variety of pens, which means your Jotter can write however you want. This means it an be a gel, hybrid, traditional ballpoint… whatever.
The Jotter is sold in a number of sub-styles which affect the color of the body and the design of the grip. Some of these are the London Series (Bond Street Black, London Architecture, Kensington Red, Royal Blue, Stainless Steel with Gold Trim, Victoria Violet, and Waterloo Blue), the Premier, Premium, and more.
Another variation is the Parker Jotter XL, which was released in 2018.
The full stainless steel Jotter — sometimes known as the “Flighter” — is the most popular model with the EDC (everyday carry) community, which has reignited interest in the pen in recent years. It’s always been a popular pen considering that over 750 million Jotters have been sold since the original release in 1954, but the all-steel models are generally considered to be the true Jotter pen.
First Year Parker Jotter
The picture above is of an original 1954 Jotter. It’s characterized by a black nylon body with vertical grooves. These pens are relatively rare but can normally be found for under $100 on used marketplaces.
The 1954 Jotter set the standard for the pen giving it most of the features we normally associate with the Jotter including the metal clip, metal top button, nylon (or later, plastic) lower, stainless steel top half, and a firm, distinct click.
The 1954 Jotter has the following features:
- Concave button
- Indented metal clip with a flat bottom, not an arrow
- Steel upper half
- Made in the USA
- Grooved nylon lower with no metal components on it
- Brass threads
Parker Jotter Ballpoint Pen Information
|Street Price||Check Price|
|Barrel Color||Black, Dark Blue, Purple, Silver, Red, Light Blue, Brown, Orange|
|Barrel Material||Stainless Steel|
|Body Diameter||10.0 mm|
|Grip Color||Dark Blue, Purple, Silver, Red, Light Blue|
|Grip Material||Stainless Steel, Plastic, Aluminum|
|Grip Diameter||9.0 mm|
|Country of Origin||England|
|Capped? Retractable?||Retractable - Top Button|
|Length Capped / Retracted (cm)|
|Weight (g)||15 grams|
|Ink Color Shipped||Blue|
|Writing Sizes||1.0 mm|