The Parker 61 fountain pen was first released in 1956 and introduced a new filling system that involved capillary action that involved immersing the nib of the pen in the ink bottle, a far easier process than unscrewing the body or using an eyedropper. The 61 went through many different designs and subtle variations, so many that the collector could devote themselves to merely putting together a collection of Parker 61 fountain pens.
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The 61 was advertised as the Parker 61 Capillary Pen and was something of a revolution. It looked like the 51 although it is slightly thinner and, of course, the filling system was different. The pen went through a series of prototypes over a period of around 5 years and many of these prototypes have fallen into the hands of collectors.
The pen was offered in a lot of different barrel colors and designs starting off with the first release which consisted of black, grey charcoal, red, green and turquoise. Later there were gold barrels, satin lustraloy and a series of different designs that were given names such as Heritage, Heirloom, Legacy and Classic. The variety of barrel and cap combinations changed and were added to with each successive new yearly release and this has resulted in an impressive that traces the year of manufacture.
The capillary filling system was discontinued in 1969 and the later pens used a cartridge/converter system. The originally released 61s measured 140mm in length which was shorted by the 1962 release to 135mm.
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