The Parker Golden Touch is a discontinued ballpoint refill. It’s a predecessor to the QuinkFlow ballpoint refill.
The Golden Touch refill was made in the UK. It is set apart from a standard G2 refill by its black body, gold writing, two-color crown piece, and a cool golden tip. So when you are writing with it, the piece that sticks out of your pen is gold (actually more of a bronze), not silver.
Through online research we know the refill started to be sold before 1996 and it was sold until around 2007, but getting more exact dates than that has proven impossible.
We have researched and found out that the refill was sold in medium and fine sizes, and in blue, black and red. On the packaging Parker calls it a “Ball Pen Refill” not a ballpoint. There are no interesting details or information on the back of the packaging that let us know anything more about the refill or the ink inside.
Parker Golden Touch Review
The Parker Golden Touch is a ballpoint refill that uses an oil-based ink. Ballpoint refills generally don’t age well as they dry out and get gummy with time. This refill (that is to say, the one we bought for testing), despite being over 12 year old isn’t dried out and isn’t gummy. Instead, the Golden Touch is quite smooth and has a nice coloring. It feels like a much more modern, higher end refill then even the modern day QuinkFlow.
The QuinkFlow ballpoint refill is versatile, affordable, and long-lasting, but it won’t win any prizes for smoothness or enjoyable writing. The Golden Touch is different — more refined — and certainly better looking.
This is an interesting refill and while there is not need to hunt one down (aside from for historical purposes and general academic interest) it was likely a real stand out when it was sold.
Parker Golden Touch Ballpoint Refill Information
|Street Price||Check Price|
|Sizes||0.7 mm, 1.0 mm|
|Ink Colors||Blue, Black, Red|
|Max Body Width||5.9 mm|
|Refill Length (cm)||9.8 cm|
|Refill Standard||Parker-style G2|