Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Parker IM Premium Special Edition Fountain Pens



This year is Parker's 125th anniversary, which is pretty remarkable for a US company these days. In honor of this milestone, they have released several special edition pens that harken back to key points in their history. Last week I reviewed the Parker Urban Premium Special Edition in Penman Blue and talked more about that.


This week I'm showing you the Parker IM Premium in two special edition colors - Big Red and Blue/Black. Both are available from now through the end of 2014, at a price point of $60 MSRP ($48 on GouletPens.com). It doesn't come with a converter for bottled ink, unfortunately, so you'll have to be sure to pick one of those up if you're an inkophile like me. The converter is proprietary for Parker, which is a little bit of a bummer but something that I've found isn't too unusual for pen companies these days. I have heard that Lamy cartridges and converters work in the Parker pens, so that might also be an option for you if you have some of those lying around.

Parker IM Premium Special Edition in Big Red

Parker IM Premium Special Edition in Blue Black

I haven't had a vast amount of experience with Parker pens before so I'm definitely not what I'd consider to be an aficionado of the brand, but my experience with them has been positive. I've been using a Parker Urban off-and-on for the last couple of years, and have been impressed with how smooth the medium nib is. This is the same nib used on the IM, and though only available in medium, it is quite smooth indeed. It's about comparable in nib size to a Lamy medium.

What do you think of the special edition IM's?

Write On,
Brian Goulet

20 comments:

  1. Another underwhelming offering from Parker.

    ReplyDelete
  2. What would you like to see them do that would really blow you away?

    ReplyDelete
  3. The easy answer is re-issue the 51. I don't care for their current models, they are so generic is design. Parker used to lead the way in innovation, now they don't seem to care. Give me nice classic designs in nice acrylics similar to what Conway Stewart is doing. Get away from the snap caps and metal sections...they feel and look cheap.

    ReplyDelete
  4. My first FP was a $12 IM from Amazon. I've since moved on, but these pens still seem solid. Might spring for the IM in Blue/Black in the near future... :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. If Parker went back to making pens in Janesville Wisconsin, that would blow me away.

    ReplyDelete
  6. If they did re-issue the Parker 51, you and I couldn't afford it. Well, I couldn't, maybe you could. You know the price would be in the several hundred dollar range at the low end.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I'd be willing to try one out, but not for that price. Don't know enough about Parker to make that kind of investment although it's not terribly high. I do think it's an attractive pen, though. I'm curious, just not enough to invest. My next investment will be into a broad, flex, or italic. I should broaden my experience but the Safari and Metropolitan have both kept me satisfied. I promise to eventually jump out and take the plunge into deeper waters. LoL ~The Contemplative Belle

    ReplyDelete
  8. Meh... At $48 I'm somewhat uninspired. Why don't you try carrying the Parker Frontier. I think the Frontier is made in India now and of-course the quality doesn't rival the vintage models; but I hear it isn't too bad actually. I see the Frontiers on Amazon from time to time for around $15-$20 each for the plastic barrel chrome tone cap models. The chrome tone cap and barrel version with gold tone nib and furniture is a classic, it runs around $30. I would go for that one.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Ah, yes, those were the good ole days. My first Parker was the T ball jotter-ballpen which cost about $ 1 dollar or thereabouts. Before that we were dipping steel nibs in the old ceramiic ink wells built into our desks. Then Sheaffer came out with a transparent FP with chrome cap and ink cartridge. Later I was given the big red-orange Parker Duofold from my parents for my birthday. Still have have it.

    ReplyDelete
  10. If you do not like the M nib, you can send the pen to Parker for a nib exchange for a nib size that you prefer. I exchanged my M nib for a smaller F nib, and I like the F nib.
    BUT you only have 28 days to do this in. It is debatable when the 28 days starts for an on-line purchase (purchase date or the day you receive the pen). But be aware of this deadline.

    ReplyDelete
  11. For that matter, they should re-issue the Penman inks, right?

    ReplyDelete
  12. I've heard of people doing this, but it's not something that I'm affiliated with as a retailer. This would be something you'd do direct with the Parker distributor. It's a hassle, but worth it if you really want this pen in a different nib.

    ReplyDelete
  13. My first Parker was a 51 back in 1948 when I graduated grade school. My uncle had one and I loved it so much they got me the set for graduation. My dreams came true. Then I got into high school and my worst nightmare happened. Some kid stole my 51 pen, Never knew who it was and never saw it again. The next 51 I got was last year. My wife still had hers from school and I found it in her desk, unused since the 1950s. Bought a bottle of Quink, filled it and it wrote like it was just made. Right then I decided I had to have me one, too. So I got one, dated 1947, silver cap, plunger fill that didn't work and paid about twice what it was really worth. Then had to pay again to have it restored. Now I have 17 Parker 51s plus a whole lot of other Parkers dating back into the 1930s. No new ones, though, new pens don't intrigue me as much as the vintage ones. New pens have no history, no stories to tell of where they've been before they found their way to my pen box. But I've gone on long enough, I could go on forever.

    ReplyDelete
  14. As am I! There's nobody else I trust for fountain pens :) You all are the greatest!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Woah, they're from Janesville?? How surreal, I just drove through there yesterday on my way back to MSP from CHI. In short, +10000 for this

    ReplyDelete
  16. That would be epic ...bring on Penman Sapphire!

    ReplyDelete
  17. I have a pair of gold toned Frontiers and they are decent writers with medium points but, build quality I'd an issue. I treat them gingerly as they feel like they could easily break.


    I have a Sonnet and.like the all metal barrels and cap better, feels more like it will last but I actually like the feel of the nib of the Frontier better.


    I like and have had Parkers for decades but they do not like me. I have had 2 75s where the plastic finger grip stripped, an early one and later French made one. A couple of weeks ago my Classic Fighter pulled apart where the plastic piece near the nib screws into the metal body. The threads broke apart. I will attempt to cement it into place as the pen is part of a pen, ballpoint and fountain Pen set.


    Of all my Parkers, only the Sonnett has remained intact and feels like it will remain so. The Frontiers likewise to me look like a better deal. The least the nibs look to be Parker designed and not a generic Chinese product. I do find a number of the Chinese nibs I have tried to be rather good so it is a matter of perception and not necessarily performance.

    ReplyDelete