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Parker 45 Fountain Pen Review

The Parker 45 is a vintage pen, having been produced from the 1960s to the early 2000s. This time-tested pen sports a classic but elegant design that appeals to a wide range of writers. Its low price combined with its excellent performance make it ideal for anyone looking to enjoy a high-quality writing instrument on a budget. The result is a pen that is beautiful, affordable, functional, and classic.



• Model number: SM50102002
• Price: About $65
• Weight: .3 oz.
• Dimension: 6.9 in. x 2.8 in. x 1.7 in.
• Nib size: Extra fine, fine, medium
• Detailing: Gold highlights, stainless steel body, 14-karat gold or gold-plated nib, hooded nib, arrow clip, black jewel on bottom
• Material: Stainless steel
• Ink color: Black
• Pen color: Silver with gold highlights
• Nib material: Stainless steel plated with 14-karat gold


The Parker 45 was first produced in the 1960s and was last produced in the early 2000s. The pen is still fairly easily available today for an affordable price that leaves it within range of most pen enthusiasts, including beginners. The pen reflects its vintage heritage in its design. The Parker 45 sports a long, thin body with simple gold highlights. The vintage look does not suit every writer’s taste, but receives positive reviews from others for being particularly beautiful and distinctive. This classic look melds with other traditional Parker characteristics, such as a hooded nib and arrow clip, to make the Parker 45 not only elegant but also a true Parker item. In addition to these features, the Parker 45 is lightweight, weighing in at only .3 ounces. The result is that the pen is comfortable to carry and use but may feel as if it is inferior construction because of its lightweight feel.

In addition to these design characteristics, the Parker 45 receives positive reviews from consumers because of its writing capabilities. Parker possesses a reputation for creating reliable writing instruments that write well over the long-term. The Parker 45, as one of the company’s quintessential pens, does the same. The pen receives positive reviews for laying down a wet, somewhat broad line, and for working well over time. The only downsides to the performance of the Parker 45 is a tendency to hesitate a bit when it is first used, and a tendency to run dry if not used every day. Despite these disadvantages, however, the nib offers consumers a beautiful, and consistent, way to enjoy the fountain pen writing experience.

Because the Parker 45 is a vintage pen, it is ideal for anyone who enjoys the shape and performance of classic pens. In addition, it is a good choice for anyone who enjoys a relatively simple and elegant design. Because it fits the well-known and beloved Parker brand, it also makes a good choice for anyone who has owned and enjoyed a Parker pen. Its low price, beautiful design, and sound performance mean that it will serve well at home or in the office for anyone desiring a high-quality fountain pen on a budget.

Updated: March 24, 2015 — 10:04 am

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