Aviation Inspired

Kenneth Parker’s influence was ever-present in the concept, design, and marketing of Parker 51. Aviation was a common feature in Parker’s advertising due to Kenneth’s passion for the industry.

What’s in a name?

While the official launch wasn’t until 1941, design work was completed in 1939, Parker’s 51st year. This is believed to be one of the reasons it was named “51”. Another reason was that Parker wanted a name that would translate easily into any language.

The world’s most wanted pen.

The Parker 51 was marketed as the ‘World’s most wanted pen’ due to its popularity among pen retailers in the 1940s.

Like a pen from another planet!

When first launched, the Parker 51 with its hooded nib and streamline silhouette was like no pen ever seen before. It was described as ‘a pen from another planet’.

  • Historical graphic press advert from 1941 for the original Parker 51
    Historical 1940s graphic press advert for the original Parker 51 reflection
  • Historical 1940s graphic press advert for the original Parker 51
    Historical graphic press advert from 1941 for the original Parker 51 reflection
  • Historical 1940s graphic press advert for the original Parker 51
    Historical 1940s graphic press advert for the original Parker 51 reflection
  • Historical photo of Kenneth Parker and a 'Parker 51' airplane
    Historical photo of Kenneth Parker and a 'Parker 51' airplane reflection

Craftmanship reimagined.

The Parker 51 is hand assembled and made from durable precious resin, benefitting from Parker’s expertise and reputation for superior craftmanship. From conception to assembly, the attention to detail is second to none.

The cap is decorated with a Palladium plated or Gold-plated cap jewel

Available in either stainless steel or 18k solid gold, the distinctive hooded nib is an extension of the sleek smooth curves of the barrel

A screw fitted cap and durable shell connector replaces the original clutch mechanism, ensuring a reliable capping and a tighter seal around the nib

The Parker 51 Fountain Pen
  • The cap is decorated with a Palladium plated or Gold-plated cap jewel
  • A screw fitted cap and durable shell connector replaces the original clutch mechanism, ensuring a reliable capping and a tighter seal around the nib
  • Available in either stainless steel or 18k solid gold, the distinctive hooded nib is an extension of the sleek smooth curves of the barrel
The iconic hooded nib of Parker 51 Teal Blue Teal Blue: The iconic hooded nib, stainless-steel, the barrel cap of Parker 51
The iconic hooded nib of Parker 51 Burgandy Burgundy: The iconic hooded nib, stainless-steel, the barrel cap of Parker 51
The iconic hooded nib of Parker 51 Midnight Blue Midnight Blue: The iconic hooded nib, stainless-steel, the barrel cap of Parker 51
The iconic hooded nib of Parker 51 Black Black: The iconic hooded nib, stainless-steel, the barrel cap of Parker 51
The iconic hooded nib of Parker 51 Deluxe Black Deluxe Black : The iconic hooded nib, stainless-steel, the barrel cap of Parker 51
The iconic hooded nib of Parker 51 Deluxe Plum Deluxe Plum: The iconic hooded nib, stainless-steel, the barrel cap of Parker 51