The Ultimate Parker Fountain Pen Guide

​Unequivocally, Parker fountain pens are the most elegant and esteemed writing utensils on the market because of their unique ink distribution and timeless feel - the apex of sleekness and performance. Most uniquely, a Parker fountain pen is fitted with a metallic nib that distributes resplendent, delicate ink that glides across pages. Introduced in the late 19th century, the fountain pen replaced the classic feather pens which were dipped in pots of ink every few lines. The revamped fountain pen takes that traditional dipping concept to the next level with refillable ink cartridges that provide a continuous supply.

What makes a Parker fountain pen unique?

 

There’s a feeling of prestige when writing with a Parker fountain pen - they’re environmentally friendly while offering a personalised, handwritten effect. Unlike Parker rollerball pens which use liquid/gel-based ink, Parker fountain pens utilise a lavish ink that provides the smoothest writing experience. 

 

Given their timeless nature, Parker fountain pens are stylish and aesthetically pleasing - Parker offers a plethora of unique shapes and designs. As a result, many Parker fountain pens are seen as vintage collectables, curated and collected by many hobbyists and pen aficionados. 

Ultimately, the customisation of a Parker fountain pen is endless between the vast range of ink colours to choose between and the extensive amount of different nibs that vary your line styles.

Should I get a Parker ballpoint, fountain or rollerball pen?

 

While Parker fountain pens are exquisite and comfortable - apt for elegant writing, they do have a few limitations. Parker Fountain pens require a lot more maintenance than a regular Parker ballpoint or Parker rollerball pen, for example, it’s recommended that Parker fountain pens are fully cleaned at least once a month. 

Given their meticulous attributes, Parker fountain pens tend to be quite expensive - more than ballpoint and rollerball pens. 

It’s not common, but if bouncing around your pocket, or exposed to hot weather, a Parker fountain pen is prone to leakage more than any other pen type.

Types of Parker fountain pens:

 

Executive Pens Direct offers a wide range of Parker fountain pens, if you’re looking for a luxury fountain pen gift, we have a wide range of stainless steel and sterling silver fountain pens.

Among our ample range of premium Parker fountain pens to choose between, there are many factors to consider to suit your specific utensil needs, whether that be size, weight, colour, material, barrel, comfort, ink etc. Finding the right Parker fountain is a completely personal experience, below is a collection of Parker fountain pens that are top sellers on our market.

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Parker Jotter Fountain

 

First introduced in 1954, typically, when you think of a Parker pen you’ll most likely think of the iconic Parker Jotter. A practical yet affordable, stylish and fun fountain pen with a sleek, stainless steel design - the Jotter is a staple range from Parker that has been known and loved by many a writer and doodler.  This Parker Jotter fountain pen has a stainless steel cap that is paired with a glossy, colourful barrel - the revamped Parker Jotter is perfect for using every day or for giving as a gift on those special moments and occasions. The fountain pen writes in blue ink with a medium nib.

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Parker IM Fountain

 

Highly professional and polished, the Parker IM fountain pen is an ideal partner, utilised with a hard-wearing, stainless steel medium nib. The Parker IM has a tapered silhouette for ergonomic writing, finished with glossy black lacquer and classic brushed metal. The fountain pen is complete with a luxury, redesigned Parker gift box and writes in blue ink.

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Parker Jotter Original Fountain

 

Iconic and brightly coloured since 1954, the Parker Jotter Original is a staple range that has built up a profound reputation among both writers and doodlers alike. The Parker Jotter Originals fountain has a stainless steel cap that is paired with a glossy, colourful barrel. The revamped Parker Jotter is perfect for using every day or for giving as a gift on those special moments and occasions. Perfectly pocket-sized, this Parker Jotter can also be engraved for a truly personalised gift. The fountain pen is complete with a luxury, redesigned Parker gift box and writes in blue ink.

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Parker IM Premium Fountain

 

Redesigned in 2017, the Parker IM Premium features brand-new colours, patterns and finishes. The ballpoint has a gunmetal finish, engraved with a modern grid-style pattern. In addition, the pen is finished with lustrous chrome trims that perfectly complement its colour and style. Parker has tapered the silhouette of the pen, stabilising it for those longer writing sessions. The Parker IM Premium rollerball is complete with a luxury Parker gift box and writes in blue ink.

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How do I refill my Parker fountain pen?

 

As Parker fountain pens require periodic ink refills, you will need to know how to refill them. Fountain pens are unique because they can either be refilled with ink cartridges or retrofitted with a converter and refilled with traditional, potted ink.

 

Firstly, you needed to acquire the specific ink cartridge refill/inkpot that suits your Parker fountain pen’s size. Parker fountain pens use a Parker bottled Qunik ink. 

 

Once you’ve acquired the right ink cartridge/inkpot, hold your fountain pen up horizontally, pull off the cap and screw off the barrel. 

 

If you’re using cartridge ink: remove the used cartridge from the grip section and insert the new cartridge into the grip. Screw the barrel back on and hold the pen up vertically for a couple of minutes. 

 

If you’re using bottled ink: submerge the pen’s converter into the inkpot, squeeze and release the converter until the ink bubbles. Once the converter is filled with ink, twist the converter to lower the piston. Clean any excess ink, screw the barrel back on and hold the pen up vertically for a couple of minutes. 

 

You can now use your refilled Parker fountain pen like clockwork.

Parker Sonnet Fountain

 

Designed with elegance and style in mind, the Parker Sonnet fountain is a superior writing instrument at an affordable price, perfect for any pen devotee. The rollerball is refined with an array of materials, the utensil has a stainless steel barrel, finished with a brushed light-textured high polish, topped off with 23-carat gold plated trims and a Parker stamp. The Parker Sonnet is complete with a luxury, redesigned Parker gift box and writes in black ink.

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Parker Urban Fountain

 

Redesigned for 2017, the Parker Urban collection is cooler and more modern than ever. Not only does the Parker Urban look vibrant with its lustrous silver trims, it’s also practical with an ergonomic silhouette body that ensures a strain-free, enjoyable writing session. This Parker Urban rollerball writes with black ink, complete with a luxury Parker gift box.

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Parker Ingenuity Fountain

In just a few words, the Parker Ingenuity fountain pen will adjust to the users own writing style. Featuring their patented 5th generation tip which will gently caress your paper for the most smooth and unrivalled writing experience, this Parker Ingenuity 5th Generation fountain pen provides the ultimate, writing experience from Parker. Includes unique Parker 5th generation technology tip for a new, unmatched writing experience.

 
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How do I clean a Parker fountain pen?

 

As you refill your Parker fountain pen periodically, you’ll need to maintain the cleanliness of your pen, ensuring that it can function accordingly. You should fully clean your Parker fountain pen around four times per year, to do so, follow these simple steps:

 

  • Remove the ink cartridge/converter and put it to one side. Place the frontal part of the pen including the nib under warm water.
     

  • After a couple of minutes, place the fountain pen’s nib in a cup of warm water, let it sit for around two hours. This will help clean any remaining dry ink.
     

  • Gently dry the frontal part of the pen and the nib with a small cloth.
     

  • Wrap the pen and nib up in a kitchen roll and leave both to dry overnight.
     

  • Attach the nib back to the pen and continue your writing.

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Executive Pens Direct offers a bountiful range of luxurious ballpoint, fountainrollerball and Parker pens, each varied in their size, colour, comfort, shape, and utility. If you’re looking for a more precise, timeless feel that improves your writing flow, we recommend our Parker rollerball collection. If you’d like a more classic, iconic utensil that captures its era, we recommend our fountain collection from many leading brands. If you’re interested in a comprehensive article on the differences between ballpoint and rollerball pens, then check out Pens.com piece here.