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PARKER “51” PREMIUM: A 20TH CENTURY CLASSIC REIMAGINED
May 1st 2022 – London: Introducing the Parker 51 Premium, a classic design set to take the
world by storm, again.
Hailed as ’the world’s most wanted pen’ the Parker 51’s notoriety began the moment it was
launched back in 1941 and continues to this day. Its distinct hooded nib and innovative filling
system set it firmly apart from other fountain pens and it quickly became one the most revered
and loved writing instruments the world had ever seen. 2021 saw a highly successful relaunch
and we’re pleased to announce a new chapter in its history with the launch of the Premium collection.
The Premium sees the Parker 51 reimagined to appeal to a whole new audience. Even in a
world where minimalist hi-tech tools reign, we have a pen that can be equally appreciated for
its stunning design and desirable application from a loved and trusted brand.
Although it’s not uncommon for PARKER to use numbers to name its models, from the time it hit the market until the present day, many have wondered where the name ‘51’ originated. Several theories exist ranging from the pragmatic to the more abstract.
While the official launch wasn’t until January 1941, design work was completed in 1939, PARKERs 51st year.
This is believed to be one of the reasons it was named “51”.
Another reason was that PARKER wanted a name that would translate easily into any language. With ambitions
for marketing the pen on the global market, using a title made of only one number was the ideal solution.
A third reason highlighted in an early print advert was that the name ‘51’ suggested that it was 10 years
ahead of its time!
For over 130 years, PARKER has constantly innovated and evolved to ensure it can meet the demands of the modern writer. The hooded nib not only looked ‘like a pen from another planet’, it also had two functional benefits that set it apart from previous PARKER models.
Unlike conventional fountain pen nibs, the hooded nib was designed to protect and keep the nib moist so it
would start as soon as the nib hit paper. The other improvement was to the nib feed which allowed the ink to
get to point of the nib with more control, preventing leaking and a faster restart.
Around the same time PARKER launched a “51” branded ink that was super quick to dry. It was said that the
hooded nib on the Parker 51 was ‘the pen made for the ink’ and that the ink was ‘made for the pen’ due to
its ability to keep the ink wetter inside the hood.
The elegant gift box enhances the whole unwrapping experience, with a modern exterior enclosing the Parker 51 pen and an ink refill underneath the pen platform. The packaging features PARKER’s two Royal Warrants, demonstrating PARKER’s continued commitment to craftsmanship and excellence.