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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Parker Urban Premium Penman Blue Fountain Pen



I haven't talked about Parker pens a lot in the past, despite the company's rich history with fountain pens. Well, Parker got my attention with this special edition Parker Urban Premium in Penman Blue. I'm a total sucker for blue pens, but I also have a great appreciation for Parker Penman Sapphire, which this pen is made to emulate. Penman Sapphire is a decades-old ink that has near legendary status in the fountain pen world, despite a relatively brief production period. You can sell your first-born child and get a bottle or two on ebay ;)






I've always liked the shape of the Urban, it looks very much like a scepter. It's well-balanced, and has a surprisingly smooth medium nib. It has a generous flow, and seals well when capped. I find that the nib stays wet really well, probably because most of the feed and nib is inserted down into the grip of the pen. It does have a bit of a sweet spot though, so you have to make sure you keep the pen rotated in the proper orientation otherwise you'll run into skipping issues. It's pretty easy to get the hang of this pen, though. The biggest downside I see though is the very limited color selection available in Parker's proprietary ink cartridges. This pen, for whatever reason, does not come with a converter (something I would normally expect for a pen in this price range), so you will almost definitely want to pick one of those up along with the pen.



The Urban Premium is actually available in two colors. The Penman Blue is the only one we currently have for $60 at GouletPens.com (list price $75). Parker also makes a Mandarin Yellow, an homage to their classic Duofold color, and we'll be stocking that one very soon. Both of these pens are special editions and will be produced through 2014.

What do you think of these two new colors?

8 comments:

  1. Do your kids know you are using their band-aids, and do you have their permission?

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  2. Haha, actually they don't know ;) I don't know how my son would feel about it!

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  3. Regarding converters, Lamy converters, and cartridges, work in Parker Pens, modern and vintage. I've been using Lamy converters in a few Parker 45's and 75's for quite some time without any problems. I just tested one with my black Parker Urban and it works on that too, so I assume it will work with the one featured in the video

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  4. Gouletpens.com won't load for me in Jakarta at 1016 UTC Friday 13 Dec. 2013. I just get a red header box and that's all before time out. All other sites are OK.

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  5. Interesting. I wonder if the return of the "Penman" label may foreshadow a return of their (in)famous Penman inks?

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  6. Hey David, are you still having this issue? Sorry I didn't see this comment until now. (For the future, email is the best way to reach us!). We had a little maintenance and downtime between Thursday/Friday last week our time, maybe that's what you experienced? All is working on our end now as far as I can tell.

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  7. We can always buy more ;)

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  8. Hi there, Goulets! I absolutely love the look of the Mandarin yellow, and want to buy one--but there's a sticking point.

    In the video, Brian says that it only comes in a Medium nib. I've also noticed that's how most retailers offer the Urban. But a few vendors, like theonlinepencompany.com *do* offer other nib sizes. There are also 3 or 4 different trim colors like black, gold, and silver. I went to that other vendor earlier this year just to get a fine nib on my Urban.

    So why is it that so few retailers offer the other nibs? They obviously exist, and you guys are generally great about customization, so I'm curious.

    I'd love that Urban...but the medium nib is just too thick for me.

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