Thursday, January 12, 2012

Parker Club Fountain Pen

I bought a Parker Club fountain pen off of, for $10 including shipping. The Parker Club is one of those rare breed of pens that nobody has ever heard of. When I called the Parker Pen Company, they had no idea what it was. I contacted the seller of the pen; apparently it is new old stock (NOS). It was most likely made in the 1970s. It comes in a wide range of colors, and is a high-quality pen. It reminds me of the Eversharp Big E, which was a pen made in the early 1960s by the Eversharp division of the Parker Pen Company. It is even made of the same kind of plastic as the Eversharp, which feels like butter. The feel of the pen is very comfortable; the ink flows well, and is very smooth overall. It is reminiscent of the Parker 45 fountain pen (1962-2007), but is more ergonomic. Overall, this pen deserves a rating of 4 1/2 stars.

First Review: Sheaffer NoNonsense, 1969-2003

Background: The design of the Sheaffer NoNonsense is based on that of the Sheaffer Flat-top pen of the 1920s.

This review is unique, as there are two different types of Sheaffer NoNonsense; ballpoint, and cartridge fountain pen.

The Sheaffer NoNonsense ballpoint is comfortable. However, the quality of the ink in the ballpoint refills that are manufactured by Sheaffer is questionable. I always replace the Sheaffer ballpoint refill with the type that is used by the Parker Jotter. The Parker ink is quick to flow, and never skips (the primary problem with the Sheaffer refills). The pen is large--almost a half-inch in diameter, which is perfect for my hands, for those who prefer a narrower vintage-style pen, I'd go with a Parker Jotter--these are still refillable, and still look like their 1950s counterparts. Pictured below is one of the more interesting Sheaffer NoNonsense pens--the Bicentennial Edition, made only in 1976.

The Sheaffer NoNonsense cartridge fountain pens are all very high-quality, especially the older ones. They can be found in a variety of colors; a yellow one is pictured below:

Like any Sheaffer Cartridge pen, they are relatively inexpensive, yet are fun to use. Sheaffer fountain pen cartridges are the best for this, and all Sheaffer fountain pens. The NoNonsense is by no means a good investment, unless you want a good, everyday pen. There are special versions, such as the Vintage, with gold-plated trim, and a chased black plastic finish, which are collectible.

Overall, the NoNonsense series deserves a five-star rating.