|Item Weight||4.2 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||7 x 2 x 1.5 inches|
|Item model number||1931598|
|Number of Items||1|
|Manufacturer Part Number||1931598|
Parker Urban Fountain Pen, Night Sky Blue, Fine Nib with Blue Ink Refill (1931598)
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- Sleek hourglass curves offer a bold, modern look designed to pair with your personal style
- Sandblast violet anodized aluminum barrel and cap etched with timeless graphic tones are complemented by chrome trim and the signature PARKER arrow clip
- Durable engraved stainless steel nib delivers a dependable and personal writing experience
- Ergonomic shape conforms to your natural grasp, providing the perfect weight and balance
- Sophisticated gifting for all occasions, the fountain pen is presented in a PARKER gift box with a long blue QUINK ink cartridge
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Welcome to the World of PARKER
It's a world that spans more than 125 years of pioneering innovation, unique style and world-renowned craftsmanship of exquisite fine writing instruments. With over a century of passion and experience, PARKER continues to build on its heritage and reputation by constantly reinvigorating and transforming the writing experience.
Driven by a long held belief in the importance of the written word, we strive to bestow upon our writers the confidence to craft their own remarkable stories. Because the words we speak can be heard by many, but the words we write transcend time.
The PARKER Urban Collection
Extraordinarily Distinctive Fountain Pens
PARKER Urban fountain pens take over a century of tradition into dynamic new territory. With its curved design and eye-catching finishes, these fine pens were crafted to complement personal style and elevate the confidence behind every word. The ergonomic shape balances perfectly in your hand while the durable stainless steel nib is shaped to provide the optimal writing angle. For use with QUINK ink cartridges or convertible to ink bottle filling. Choose from a variety of finishes and trims to find the PARKER pen that suits your personal style.
- Dynamic curved design dares to be noticed
- Ergonomic shape balances comfortably in your hand
- Range of finishes and trims to complement your style
- Durable engraved stainless steel nib
With its curved design, Urban fountain pens were crafted to conform to your natural grasp for an effortless writing experience that’s sure to inspire the envy of all those around.
Elevate your personal style with a choice of eye-catching trims and finishes. The fountain pens feature beautiful sheens, intricate detailing and the signature PARKER arrow clip.
Stainless Steel Nib
The reliable stainless steel nib is subtly engraved and meticulously crafted to ensure you experience the refined and personal pleasure of fountain pen writing.
Whether you choose the ease of cartridges or the authenticity of liquid ink, PARKER Quink fountain pen refills are richly pigmented and effortlessly smooth for an elegant writing experience.
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|Pen Style||Sleek, Bold and modern||Smart, polished and professional||Timeless, elegant and stylish||Professional and prestigious||Distinguished and classic|
|Barrel Materials||Anodized Aluminum, Lacquer||Anodized Aluminum, Metal, Lacquer||Metal, Lacquer||Metal, Lacquer||Resin|
|Nib Sizes Available||Fine, Medium||Fine, Medium||Fine, Medium||Fine, Medium||Fine, Medium|
|Nib Materials||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel, 18K Solid Gold||Solid 18K Gold||Solid 18K Gold|
|Filling Mechanism||Cartridges or convertible to liquid ink||Cartridges or convertible to liquid ink||Cartridges or convertible to liquid ink||Cartridges or convertible to liquid ink||Cartridges or convertible to liquid ink|
|Fountain Pen Converter Included||✔|
Eye catching and dynamic, PARKER Urban Fountain Pens deliver a boldly modern look that dares to be noticed. With its curved silhouette, you enjoy a perfectly balanced writing experience that complements your style. This PARKER fountain pen features a sandblasted violet anodized aluminum barrel, a cap etched with a timeless and original graphic pattern and striking chrome trim. The durable nib is crafted from stainless steel and shaped to provide the optimal writing angle. For use with QUINK ink cartridges or convertible to ink bottle filling. Designed with flowing curves and available in a range of finishes, the fine pens inspire confidence behind every word.
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|Sold By||Amazon.com||Amazon.com||AspenTech||MARKSON SALES||MARKSON SALES||Amazon.com|
|Color||Nightsky Blue||black||Black and Gold||Black and Gold||Ebony||Black and Gold|
|Item Dimensions||2.05 x 6.97 x 1.46 in||2.05 x 6.97 x 1.46 in||1.58 x 6.89 x 2.76 in||0.6 x 5.7 x 0.6 in||0.6 x 5.7 x 0.6 in||1.5 x 6.93 x 2.72 in|
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Consider this kit as a good learning tool for beginners and as a 'good buy' for experienced users.
Its Parker Urban pen is reliable, affordable to replace, writes clearly, legibly one both sides of the same paper without dark shadows or ink blotches bleeding through from the other side. (My elderly relatives have/had no problem reading both sides of the page.)
This Parker Urban pen is ECO-GREEN.
--the plastic converter, used to manually fill the pen with bottled ink, is re-usable. It can last 'forever' or until it is damaged or broken. (Beginners may want to, or need to, replace it by the time they learn how to use it correctly.)
--this pen lets me write more with one refill ink cartridge than I can with a cheap dispoable ballpoint ink pen. I'm sure this varies with each person's writing style, but it IS achievable.
--using the converter and bottled ink is far cheaper than buying ink cartridges for the same number of refills, plus it helps reduce the number of cheap disposable pens and empty ink cartridges accumulating in our garbage dumps.
--The converter's plastic is not recyclable.
--Refill ink cartridges are not re-usable.
--Cartridge plastic is not recyclable.
I sought cheap fountain pens since my chlidren were young. Their fascination with these pens led to damaged nibs and lost pens as they learned. I tried various brands to find the type quality I wanted, and I searched for prices I was willing to pay. Utlimately, the Parker brand met all my requirements, became my favorite for consistent reliability, and it remains my preferred brand since.
I have used Parker Urban pens for a few years now because of their consistent reliability and cheaper maintenance.
This style pen, the nibs, refill ink cartridges, ink botte, etc., are all quite affordable and easy to find in office supply stores at retailers and online.
I strongly recommend buying this kit and any other parts online, particularly through Amazon (unless you find a dirt cheap sale elsewhere, as I did when a local store closed its doors). Amazon's prices are almost always the lowest price I find online, even if shipping charges apply.
Online offers exist for bulk purchases on ink cartridges, which are not offered by retailers. (Example: I bought a "bulk" order of 50 cartridges. The most common box size I see in local stores has only 5 cartridges.)
This Parker Urban is for common daily writing, not to create artistic effects. Nib widths are fine, medium, and thick, but I seldom see thick ones available anymore.
Parker Urban fountain pens are comparable to (or slightly better than) several more expensive pens in various ways, such as:
1) more consistent ink release (no blotches or skipping ink when writing)
2) reliable ink release for the entire ink cartridge, even when close to being empty of ink,
3) easy to learn how to write smoothly and comfortably with this type pen (contributed to by the above 2 points),
4) finer, constistent line/letter thickness when writing,
5) replacement medium nibs are very reasonably priced and readily available (in retail and online),
6) fine tip nibs are optional, yet readily available for both the silver and gold edging styles.
7) no, or almost no, ink "bleeds" through paper, unlike other pens using differently shaped cartridges.
Parker Urban pens have these additional high quality traits:
1) its fast drying ink prevents those common smears and smudges usually seen when moving your hand/sleeve/arm across
the paper as your write,
2) you can write on both sides of any paper, as FAST as you want, and both sides are legible.
3) ready to use right out of the box after you insert its first ink cartridge. (Same results with three (3) different Parker Urban pens plus one obtained in this kit . My first usage is almost always writing letters.
4) refill ink cartridges usually cost less in my area (Missouri) than other pens with differently shaped cartridges, including at online stores I use,
5) replacement medium nibs are quite affordable, inexpensive,
6) medium tips/nibs as provided in this kit write more like an the older (vintage and antique) fine point fountain pen nibs,
7) ink's appearance on paper resembles today's gel pen inks,
8) this kit's medium-sized nib makes lines/letters appear as thin, sometimes thinner, than today's standard gel pens
packaged as having a "medium tip."
9) fine lines and clarity are as good or better than antique fountain pens that were top of the line in their time; if you recall, those pens and ink were used in government ledger books that have tissue-like thin pages (as thin as international paper, made so thin to save postage on airmail weight).
Clarification for Item #3: immediate usage is true for many people, but it depends on one's normal handwriting pressure, customary angle(s) holding pens, writing styles, how fast you usually write with non-fountain pens, and other minor personal writing habits. Fountain pens need less pressure to achieve quality legible writing; too much pressure can damage or break the nib. Just replace the nib, and you're back in business.
Beginners who customarily write fast will learn best by writing slowly with deliberation to "feel" the pen's nuances. The Parker Urban has a significantly diffierent weights between the cap being on or off that will affect your ability and comfort to learn correct usage and "get to know" your pen. However, I think learning how to align the nib correctly with the paper is more important than determining the best placement for your fingers to hold the barrel. I think the last thing that you should worry about is probably developing your own smooth, evenly paced hand movements across the paper as you write; it's much easier to develop when you "know" your pen very well. After all this you can resume your normal faster writing speed.
Since tips/nibs re-form their shape, lean a certain way, and adjust to your specific handwriting (sort of like breaking in leather), definitely avoid sharing your pen nib with other people. Get a nib for each person using the pen or get extra pens. Nibs used by two people can easily become damaged or break because the nib's customized' adjustment to your writing style will change from the other person's pressure and style imposing on top of the nib's existing shape. You will be less satisfied because it is no longer 'customized' just for you, and the other person might not be satisfied at all because the nib doesn't work smoothly. I think the Parker Urban 'seem' a little more sensitive to sharerd nibs, but I'm wondering if the ergonimic barrel doesn't permit users to apply more pressure and angles than could be done elsewhere. Either way, the Parker's writing quality can deteriorate rapidly if two people use the same nib frequently.
--Other reviewers' consider this converter as 'not top quality.' That's true. It is not high quality, yet I think its quality is appropriate for this kit considering it is as like a sampler kit and ideal for novices. The quality is 'good enough' for someone like me who uses the converter occasionally. I can't justify to myself buying a different/better converter.
--At least two reviewers had difficulty getting this Urban pen's nib top to puncture the cartridge to get ink flow. This happens during initial cartridge insertion and puncturing on a new pen. Sometimes the problem stays until you have refilled the pen with at least 3 or 4 cartridges. However, if the problem persists after many cartridges, I would buy another nib (or return the one gotten). For me it was a matter of learning the correct amount of pressure needed and that the nib top is capable of taking significant pressure to puncture the cartridge. I had been afraid of pushing too hard and damaging it.
--Parker Urban pens need you to hold the refill cartridge a little more firmly and straighter than a few other pens, including one other Parker style (unfortunately, the style name escapes me now). I feel the straighter cartidge contributes to the consistent quality lines/letters it creates, while also contributing to the initial puncture difficulties. A few other pens had a little leeway permitting their cartridges to lean over ever so slightly and get punctured at an angle into the cartridge plastic. The Parker's Urban pen cartridges are so straight that they consistently puncture straight up though plastic, which will be harder than an angled puncture. However, in the past, I found pens with a lttle leeway were more likely to have a leakage, regardless of how little. I feel this pen's straight-on insertion also helps me get all or almost all the ink out of the cartridge. I can screw the nib to the barrel more easily because the cartridge stands up straight,, not needing support as I hold the barrel to start twisting, but I found pens with a little leeway sometimes needed a bit extra finger support to get the barrel on. I cannot remember the last time I had a cartridge touch the side of the barrel.
LEARN FROM MY MISTAKES:
--I strongly recommend cleaning the nib as soon as possible after you run out of ink. Don't wait until you are ready to refill the ink whether that will be in a few hours or days before you refill it. Quick ink left inside the nib can dry out before you are ready to refill the pen. Leftover ink does not drain out of a good condition nib - it dries inside, cluttering and cloggin internal shafts, producing poor quality lines with inconsistent ink flow.
This prompt cleaning is more critical if changing ink colors.
--If the nib is quickly 'rinsed' instead of correctly cleaned, old dried ink inside the nib will mix with the new wet ink and produces an UGLY color, even if the two inks are supposed to be the same color. The color is uglier if 2 colors mixed. It can look like dark muddy sewer water. It looks terrible on paper, despite this pen's better line/letter appearance than some other pens.
--Expect nibs with dried ink in them to be a time-consuming cleaning adventure. At least you CAN clean it out and save money by not buying a replacement, but success depends on your situation.
--Getting ink all over the pen's exterior, inside the barrel, or in the top of the nib cleans up fast. (Maybe because of its exterior surface??) It still takes me less time to clean this mess than cleaning a dried nib.
--Don't fall asleep with the pen in your hand...if your clothing touches the the nib, the clothing acts like a wick and can soak up all the ink left in your pen. (Trust me. It happens.)
--After refilling this Urban pen, do NOT expect the nib to screw back into the barrel to the exact place it had been when you unscrewed it. Placement can vary. Use the pen based on the nib's final position; align the nib to the paper. Aligning to the barrel's usage rubs, scratches, etc. may lead you to apply too much force, stripping the threads, damaging the cartridge or nib top that punctures the cartridge., or causing slight separations between 2 or more nib parts, which may start a slow leak or make the nib loose and wobbly when you write. A nib that scrapes its side because you want to use the barrel consistently instead of the nib, can damage the adjustment that 'customized' your pen to your handwriting style. For me, the adjustment damage occurred more often than any significant damage to the nib.
--Quick ink on your clothing that is still wet, if it is not permanent ink, is easy to get out if you immediately hold the stain under running cold water. Rinse until it looks like water coming out of a cleaned nib. The fabric and local water supply will affect your success (e.g. hard or soft water, what treatment chemicals are in the water). I find soft water, cold temperature works best.
--Quick ink that dried on your clothing may still be removed, if it is not permanent ink, but success varies. If running cold water gives insufficent success, use Oxy-clean. The best laundry detergent to try is any that contains sodium triborate.
--If you do not get your booklet with this kit (as several reviewers experienced), PLEASE contact Amazon. This small gold-colored booklet (about 2" x 4"?) is a MUST to properly care for your pen. It should be on top of the cleaning cloth. Amazon's return, refund, and replacement policies are, in fact, followed through with amazing speed, for incomplete products and products not meeting the description. I'm sure they would want to know when a Prime supplier's products have several people with the same complaint.
The booklet gets right to the point, is easy to understand, has each sentence packed with key information, and wastes no words or sentences. Details take only 2 or 3 paragraphs, which is essentially one section per page.
--Use only Quick Ink in this Parker Urban pen for best results. I tried two off-brands with 'compatible' ink cartridges. Both had an ink color that looked as though the the ink was diluted with water; it was harder to read and photocopy even the best of writing. One package had two cartridges with wrong widths (I measured them); they were completely unusable. (Bad quality control) One package's cartridges seemed to run out of ink, yet we could clearly see about 1/4 of the cartridge had ink. Now I buy Only Quick ink (both cartridges and ink bottles) because the ink brands were all used in the same pen, and the inks made the difference in output.
--If you use international paper, you definitely should try to fine point nib first, even though you must buy it separately. I had a few times when the medium point was still too much ink for the extremely think paper (almost translucent), and a little bleed-through happened, affecting usage on the back of the paper.
Some things I've tried:
Rinsing the nib in cold water, drying throughly, then refilling with ink
Examined the places where the ink will flow and making sure they're free from clogs and debris
Still doesn't work.
Aside from that, it's a beautiful pen, has weight to it and writes very well. It's classy looking and when matched with Parker ink has no scratchiness at all.
However, for the price, a fountain pen should work with a variety of inks and I would highly recommend getting the cheaper TWSBI ECO pen instead of this one. I would not buy this pen again.
I use Pilot ink, with which it writes smoothly, and with an even ink flow. I have always found that manually filling disposable ink cartridges with a syringe works best for me, and have no problems replacing cartridges and filling with this pen.
The body of the pen is substantial, I suspect machined from solid aluminium. It is well weighted and comfortable to write with. The cap does not fit on the back of the pen, so if that is your habit, or you expect the pen's weight balance to be further back, perhaps this pen is not for you.
I have found this pen to be more temperature sensitive than others, and it does not like being left in a hot car, which will cause it to leak. I suspect this is because of ink and air expanding in the cartridge and getting forced out the nib, possibly because aluminium is such a good conductor. This may not affect the lighter coloured pens, but definitely does affect the black ones.
I'd replace this pen in a flash with the same if it were lost or stolen.
Terrible, because it makes a pretty pen useless. I've used multiple ones: it's not a fluke. It's the terrible nib design.