NEWS - May 1, 2021
London: 2021 marks 100 years since the launch of the iconic PARKER Duofold and to celebrate this century of excellence, PARKER proudly honours the traditions of this fine writing instrument with the release of this Limited Edition.
Created during the ‘Roaring Twenties’ the Duofold embodied the exuberant style and daring attitudes of the decade. Duofold 100 pays tribute to that bold and progressive spirit with a modern interpretation of three of its most iconic finishes: Black, Big Red, and Blue Lapis Lazuli.
Each pen comprises 21 components, individually hand-assembled with expertise and a dedication to craftsmanship that is a fitting tribute to George S. Parker’s pursuit of excellence.
Available first as a Limited Edition collector’s set of just 100 pieces, and then individually for 12 months in the ultimate celebration of this icon.
At a time when the world was filled with black pens, PARKER made a bold statement with its emblematic red finish which paved the way for many more colours including Blue Lapis Lazuli, Jade Green, and Mandarin Yellow.
A simple experiment carried out by George’s two sons Kenneth and Russell while he was travelling gave birth to the ‘Big Red’ and paved the way for not only PARKER but the entire pen category. “To determine if there was any interest in adding to the original black pen, Kenneth and Russell decided to test an unusual red-orange version of Duofold on the market. The results of that test completely revolutionized not just Duofold, but the entire pen industry” recalls Geoffrey S. Parker, Great-Grandson of founder George S. Parker.
A patent was filed in 1932 for the design which would stay in market until the late 1940’s and remains one the most revered classic pens until this day.
Duofold 100 takes inspiration from those experimental pens of the early 1930’s by fusing multiple thin layers of precious resin together giving the striped appearance you see once the cap and barrel have been formed.
Each of the pens is made up of three coloured resins which are joined together to create the stunning striped aesthetic using a technique called diffusion bonding. Each pen remarkably contains around 300 individual pieces of resin.
With its long line of bold, daring colours, selecting only three for this 100th Anniversary is no easy task. But the contemporary representation of the original Black, Big Red, and Blue Lapis Lazuli more than justifies their inclusion.
Each pen is individually numbered from 1-100 and like all contemporary PARKER pens, a converter has been fitted. Below the platform is a certificate of authenticity signed by Geoffrey S. Parker, a Limited Edition booklet, and a box of 5 long cartridges. The single pen is available in PARKER’s prestige gift box and will be available for 12 months.