Although I can’t honestly say that I recall my school days with too much affection as some, that’s not the case when it comes to writing instruments, I have vivid memories of my first “real pen” it was a Parker Jotter. I can remember wandering around the local newsagents & stationers, ferreting through the blister packs hanging on racks looking for the best colour.
Parker are also known for fountain pens, the ballpoint wasn’t introduced to the collection until 1954. Several years of research completed, it was claimed that these ballpoints were different from their competitors in that they had a choice of nib sizes, wrote 5 times longer & were simple to refill. In the early days various changes & modifications were made. The ink formula & tungsten writing ball were improved, today it’s still considered by some as timeless classic. I would go so far to say Parker is a household name, maybe due to my early experiences.
Working for Tiger Pens, I get the opportunity to review a range of pens, today I’m pleased to have the chance to revisit memory lane. The classic stainless steel section at the top of the barrel is met by a navy blue section, made from moulded plastic which completes the look. You could also choose a Parker Jotter ballpoint in red, white, bronze or black. All have blue ink & medium point tips that appear through a metal nozzle when the push button is pressed. A retractable ballpoint that is 5” long, I found it light to hold & somehow feels smaller than other pens, although checking others on my desk it’s clear that is not the case.
So what about the performance, the Jotter gave the results I expected, no sign of blotting & the same appearance as many other medium nib ballpoints. It did feel relatively slim when held & the absence of a grip left me feeling it was slipping my grasp when writing for any length of time.
The original Parker Jotter can be refilled & comes in a bronze & black gift box, overall not bad for an everyday pen, sadly I don’t think the writing experience this time around will stay with me as long as that of my very first pen.