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Parker 61 Jet Flighter Pen Set - Mark II, Brushed Steel, Chrome Trim, Medium 14k Nib (Near Mint in Box, Works Well)

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Parker 61 pen set from the early 1960s. Jet Flighter in brushed steel with chrome trim. The set is in near mint condition and ships in a Parker "Jet Flighter" box. The capillary sponge is white, so it might not have even been inked.

SKU: 18031
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Type  Vintage fountain pen with unique filling system.

Product Name  Parker 61 Jet Flighter - Mark II, "Jet Flighter" indicates a brushed steel cap and barrel with chrome plated trim. There is some contradictory information out there on the different versions but we are calling the Mark I the thin clutch ring version and the Mark II the thicker clutch ring version. (The Mark III would be the cartridge/converter version. The clutch ring is the band between the section and barrel.)

Manufacturer and Year  Parker, made in USA -- 1962, the Jet Flighter was produced from 1959-62 and this is a Mark II pen by our definition which was introduced in 1962.

Length The pen is 5-9/16" and the pencil is 5".

Filling System  The fountain pen has the capillary filling system which is unique to this model. See further details below. The pencil takes 0.9mm leads which extend via a twist mechanism. There is an eraser beneath the cap.

Color  Both have lustraloy or brushed steel caps and barrels and pearlescent cap jewels. The fountain pen also has a pearlescent barrel jewel and a black section. They have chrome trim.

Nib  Medium 14k gold nib is smooth and firm with great tipping material.  

Condition  The set is in near mint condition, with no cracks or dents. The arrow inset in the hood is in excellent condition with no lifting edges. Both caps have few shiny spots of finish wear. The teflon coating on the fountain pen's capillary filling system has a tiny scratch of missing material, but the capillary sponge seems unstained, so the pen might not ever have been inked.

You'll need to be patient when you fill it the pen for the first time, as it takes a few minutes or so for the capillary system to suck in enough ink to get started.

Here is how you fill a Parker 61, and an insight into how the pen actually works. Unscrew the barrel and stick the back end of the pen (aka the capillary cell) into a bottle of ink. Wait a few minutes (probably more like a half hour when you first start one of these older used ones), and let the ink wick up into the capillary cell. The cell contains a sheet of perforated plastic that has been given a 3-D pattern resembling tire tread, and rolled up. The perforations allow ink to seep between the rolled-up layers, and the tread pattern maintains space between the layers. In the middle of this tube, which runs the entire length of the capillary cell, is the feed. To keep things clean, the capillary cell has on a coating of teflon on the outside that is intended to shed ink as the user withdraws the pen from the ink bottle, leaving very little ink to be wiped off. The end of the barrel contains a spring-loaded thingy which covers the open end of the capillary tube, but still allows it to vent.


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SKU 18031
Condition Used
Maker Parker
Type Fountain Pens, Pen Sets, Pencils


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