I was not planning on buying this pen. But after Christmas come Boxing Day sales and David and I were sitting on the couch, drinking our tea before breakfast and trying to decide where to spend our Christmas Amazon gift cards (thank you to everyone who gave them to us). The possibilities were endless but I decided to limit my searching to Boxing Day sales on fountain pens. And the Parker Premier Luxury Brown PGT flashed on my screen and I fell instantly and irrevocably in love.
It was a beautiful pen: rose gold with brown accents, solid gold 18kt gold nib, on sale for $200. The ad on Amazon said MSRP was $625, so this was an exceptional deal. Except I didn’t believe that price at first. I thought Amazon might be inflating the suggested MSRP to illustrate how great their sale price was. But after visiting seven different online pen retailers who carry this pen, I saw that $625 was indeed the going rate. And I had a couple of gift cards, making my outlay very modest indeed for this pink and brown beauty. I own three Parkers already and am very happy with their performance, so it wasn’t like I was gambling on a new brand, just a new model. With David’s encouragement I pressed the Add to Cart button. It arrived on January 4.
The black lacquer Parker gift box.
The pen was lying on a black velvet tray, which is removable via the black ribbon. The pen was wrapped in a black, heavy, canvas-like pen sleeve.
And with the protective pen sleeve removed. Isn’t it just stunning? The material on the body is described in the 2015 catalogue as “matte brown soft touch lacquer with a rubber effect and reinterpreted iconic chiselled pattern. Complemented with pink gold finish trims and an 18K solid gold nib covered with pink gold finish.” My pictures don’t do it justice; you can see the catalogue here. There are 20 different models available in the Premier collection. It was introduced in 1983.
Underneath the tray we find a Parker booklet, an official number, a box of five black Quink cartridges and a polishing cloth. I use the polishing cloth a lot; I find the section especially prone to fingerprints. In the booklet I found an interesting safety tip: Caps can obstruct breathing. Keep out of mouth. As if anyone would CHEW (!) on the end of this pen! I certainly hope not.
The pen measures 140 mm capped, and 156 mm posted. The end cap and the finial are the same material, with no embellishment on the flat surface. The band at the end of the cap says Parker on one side and France on the other. And strangely, there is no date symbol. I had read on parkerpens.net that every Parker has a date stamp, and my other Parker models confirm this. But this one doesn’t. Or at least not one that I can see. I even wrote to the gentleman who maintains the parkerpens.net website and he was stumped too. I plan on contacting the Parker company; perhaps they will be able to explain the lack of a date stamp.
And uncapped. The section is 11 mm wide, which is my preferred width. There are two sets of ridges but the fingers lay between them on the smooth part of the section. It posts very securely, without any damage to the barrel finish (at least so far).
The nib is where this pen really shines. I chose a medium nib, which is my preferred size.
Very art deco isn’t it? There is no breather hole and it is stamped Parker 18KT-750 on the bottom.
I inked it up with Waterman’s Absolute Brown and I think it is a really good match. Even though it came with the Quink Black cartridges I prefer bottled ink and as far as I know Parker doesn’t make a brown ink. The pen came equipped with a standard converter.
It writes very smoothly, just what you would expect from an 18KT nib. The section is slightly slippery so I feel my fingers moving down but then they hit the ridges and it’s ok. Very pleasant writing experience. The pen is very well balanced. It has a good weight without tiring the hand while writing. Above you can see a writing sample on Tomoe River paper.
I usually leave the pen at home although I have taken it to work to show friends. It is a very expensive pen, the most expensive I own at the moment, and I am anxious about losing it. I love the Art Deco feel to the pen, as if it came from the set of an Agatha Christie film featuring Hercule Poirot in the 1940s. Even though this pen wasn’t on my radar I am so happy I stumbled upon it, and so very grateful that I could add it to my collection.