The Parker Jotter fountain pen has been available for at least a year. However, it has not gotten a lot of notice. In theory, Parker took the classic good looks of their iconic Jotter ballpoint pen and turned it in to a fountain pen. This is not unlike what Caran d’Ache did with the 849 as well. Both companies position these pens in an entry level price point as well, relatively speaking.
The Jotter Fountain Pen I purchased is the Stainless Steel with gold accents ($24). It arrived in retail packaging (clear plastic on the front and a hanging loop at the top) so it appears that the Jotter fountain pen was intended for stores like Staples and Office Depot.
The pen ships with one blue cartridge. Parker pens take proprietary cartridges/converters so a converter ($12) will need to be purchased separately to be able to expand one’s ink options.
It’s ironic that Parker’s ballpoint refill is considered the industry standard for fountain pen refills but their cartridges and converters are proprietary. How come Parker’s fountain pen ink cartridges didn’t become the industry standard?
Overall, the Jotter in Stainless Steel looks really good when capped. The line is sleek and understated.
When opened though, I feel like the grip section and the collar that connects the nib feels a little less thought through. There is a noticeable edge where the grip section connects to the body.
Though it’s hard to tell in a photo, the Parker Jotter fountain pen seems a bit wider. It could just be the difference between the grip section on the fountain pen versus the tapered end on the ballpoint.
The Jotter Fountain Pen is 5 1/16″ long capped, 4 5/8″ uncapped and 5 7/16″ posted. It weighs only 16gms capped (with cartridge) and just 10gms uncapped. It’s a very lightweight pen.
The nib shape on the Parker Jotter is very straight as it fits into the collar. Other nibs tend to taper in slightly. I think this design is an effort to make the pen feel more modern. This more angular look reminds me a bit of the Caran d’Ache 849 fountain pen. I don’t hate it but at the same time it’s also a little odd. The nib is etched with the brand name and three chevrons. There is an etched square on the nib where a breather hole would normally be. Again, it’s an odd design decision but not unpleasant. And the absence of the breather hole doesn’t seem to affect the pen’s performance.
In writing, I found the medium nib very smooth but a bit too wide for my microscopic handwriting. The centers of some of my letters fill in which is not ideal for legibility. I really wish Parker would offer some of these entry level pens with some nib options!
So, if I were to compile a plus and minus list for this pen, here’s what it would look like:
- snap cap
- noticeable step between body and grip section
- only available with medium nib
- proprietary cartridge/converter
I really love snap cap fountain pens. For the sort of everyday writing I do, it makes a pen easy to grab, jot and recap. The Jotter lives up to its name in regards to easy of use. The medium nib is the only real drawback I have with this pen.