When I was home for the holidays a few years ago, my dad and I sat down and he shared his fountain pen collection with me. One of the pens he had actually belonged to my grandmother and he gave it to me at the time. This was the grandmother that taught me to knit, which made the pen very special to me.
If you know me, you know I’m not super into vintage pens (sorry Jesi!) and I mostly stick to modern ones. So I put the pen carefully away and didn’t use it. Recently I’ve been thinking about it though, so I decided to pull it out and see what’s what.
The first thing I wanted to do was identify it. When I did a quick google search one of the first things that came up was “Which model is my pen?” from the helpful site ParkerPens.net. Kudos to Tony for creating such an easy way to navigate vintage Parkers! Basically I scrolled down the page until I found a pen that looked like mine, clicked on the image and started reading. Partway down the page I discovered that my pen is a Parker 45 Classic GT (GT stands for gold trim) and was likely produced in the late 60’s. The body is Teal Blue (also listed as Blue Green) and the nib is a Fine (as indicated on the underside of the pen).
Getting it started writing was a bit rough – I went with a bit of Parker Quink Black ink just to see what was what. While the pen didn’t originally come with a converter, there’s one inside. It could probably use a good soak, but otherwise I’m excited that it writes!
- Papers: Crossfield Journal ($24.00)
- Pen: Parker 45 Classic GT
- Inks: Parker Quink Black (57mL for $12.00)