Thursday, January 29, 2015
Parker IM Premium Fountain Pen: Quick Look
That pile of paperwork sitting on your desk just got a bit more interesting. That's because there is a new set of three colors in the Parker IM Premium pen line -- great workplace fountain pens -- called Brown Shadow, Emerald Pearl, and Pink Pearl. The pens feature a striped pattern that's a throwback to the vintage Parker Vacumatics.
The pen writes smoothly, very smoothly in fact, though it has a bit of a sweet spot so it can take just a little getting used to. It's nothing as extreme as the Lamy 2000, if you've heard about that pen. It's only available in a stainless steel medium nib, though. The flow is wet and it gives a consistent line that's similar to most other European medium nibs.
I really like the balance of this pen. It's quite light at 21g (I accidentally said 13g in the video, sorry!), and it feels comfortable posted or not. The snap-cap is super convenient for jotting down quick notes, and it has a very positive 'click' when I snap it on. It's all aluminum, which is why it's so light, and while I'm not normally wild about metal grips on my pens, this one is brushed so that it won't slip around in my fingers.
The Parker IM is a solid medium-range pen at $51.20, though you might as well go ahead and factor in an additional $10 for a proprietary Parker converter if you want to use bottled ink. It's a very respectable pen that I think is worth considering as a not-so-boring work pen.