The Parker 21 fountain pen has been around for many years and is the subject of a few cases of mistaken identity thanks to its close resemblance to the far more popular 51. When you look more closely at the 21 you will notice that the hood of the 21, while made to look like the 51, is made of plastic. But the mistaken identities don’t stop there because the Super 21 was also subsequently released by Parker and this version features the tubular nib of the 51 but can be identified by the “21” engraved on the cap.
What all of the above means is that you should take a little bit of extra care when buying a Parker 21 fountain pen to ensure you are getting the model that you are expecting to buy.
The 21 was originally released in 1948 and was available in black, red, blue or green. It continued to be released as the Mark I until 1951 when the Mark II was released with refinements made to improve the internal feed. From 1956 the 21 was known as the Super 21.
Take a look at the selection provided below of the various Parker 21 fountain pens for sale and make a selection to get even more information.
Buy A Parker 21 Fountain Pen
Parker Pen Co 21 Superchrome Ink Fountain Pen Green and Silver with Pocket Clip
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Rubber Fountain Pen Sac 21 2 Necked Parker Duofold JR and Streamline
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Parker Fountain Pen 21 Damaged Body Selling AS IS
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Parker 21 Fountain Pen Burgundy
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Parker 21 Fountain Pen Black
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Parker 21 MKII Fountain Pen Clip Inverted V Replacement Part
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The Parker 21 fountain pen is considered to be the inferior little brother to the 51 and is virtually ignored by those who collect Parker pens. This is probably a little harsh but the fact of the matter is that the pen was produced to resemble the 51 but was made with cheaper materials to make it a more affordable alternative. The result is a pen that does not quite perform as perfectly as the 51 but will still provide you with a very serviceable everyday writer.
When compared to the 51 the 21 is much lighter giving you a feeling insubstantiality in the hand. This comes from the fact that the 21 fountain pens were cast from polystyrene rather than the more durable acrylic that was used with the 51. This is one of the things to be very careful of, either when buying a Parker 21 or when you own it and use it. The cheaper material used in the manufacture of the barrel means that there are a lot of instances where cracks have developed in the hood of the pen. These cracks may be small but will result in leakage unless repaired.
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