Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Parker Urban Premium: Quick Look

If you're looking for an affordable pen that emphasizes performance over looks but still sports some subtle flare, the Parker Urban Premium is now available in three new colors that fit the bill.

The new colors include Amethyst Pearl, Golden Pearl, and Silver-Blue Pearl. The pens are on the light side, weighing in at 22g, or about the same as a Lamy Al-Star. The nib, which is identical to the flashier Parker IM Premium line, is available in medium only. This pen is a smooth writer, and definiftley has a sweet spot that you'll need to hone in on.

The Parker Urban Premium Golden Pearl

With a snap cap and a push-to-post design, the Parker Urban Premium is a solid choice for professionals, students and others who are looking to take notes and perform work on the fly. The only disadvantage is that a proprietary Parker converter is not included; it's available for an additional $10. The pens also accept Parker ink cartridges.

There is a lot to like about the new Parker Urban Premium colors. At $63, these fountain pens bring unique, understated style and reliable performance to this price range.

The Parker Urban Premium Silver-Blue Pearl 

                                                       The Parker Urban Premium Amethyst Pearl

The Parker Urban Premium Golden Pearl

Write On,
Brian Goulet


  1. I love my mandarin orange Urban Premium *so much* that if I were in the market for a new pen right now, I'd be seriously considering the purple or gold one. If I missed on the orange, I would probably have looked for one of them, too, actually, since I bought mine about when I started seeing these around.

    You're right about it having a sweet spot, but it writes beautifully when you hit it. And it takes at LEAST ten minutes for my Diamine Twilight ink to dry up in the nib if left uncapped (I've tested it), which is just superb for use at work, when I often go a minute or two between writing things down because I'm referencing multiple pages or spreadsheets.

  2. It does not "harken back to the "Vacumatic", one of the most beautiful pen bodies ever made (and usable ones all over the used market). It is more like somebody at Parker momentarily tried to draw the body of a drawing of a vacumatic, but got distracted after making a few marks on the barrel, then moved on to something else.


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