The Parker Jotter is one of the most common fountain pens you will come across today. Used by a wide range of people, and sworn by, by some of the older generation, is it really deserving of the cult-like following it gets? Read on to find out…
The first thing I thought when I saw this pen, was my God does that look elegant! And it does. It has a very slight tapering to the end of the barrel, but it looks incredibly simple, and elegant is the only true way to describe it. The classic Parker arrow makes it look somewhat a vintage pen – indeed, it was first designed and produced in 1954. The pen is small, and by that, I mean a pocket sized pen. Even the nib is very small, protruding out of the plastic section. The pen is also very thin. All in all, a very nifty looking pocket sized pen.
This pen is equipped with a stainless steel nib, mine being the (M) nib. Unfortunately, Parker’s quality control on the nib and feed do not match up to its legacy and beautiful design. The pen often has hard starts, and flow issues when writing. The nib is fairly smooth, but often the pen skips when writing a little faster. It lays down a fair bit of ink – but unfortunately, it does have its flaws.
The pen is a C&C, but I’ve found, when using a converter, the fit isn’t particularly good, and often, when being jolted around, the converter comes out with the barrel itself. The pen itself, and the section, are incredibly thin, meaning that even with my small hands, it is uncomfortable to grip. It is not a workhorse pen, it is a pocket pen, suited for quick notes and scribbling down a shopping list – or lending it to a friend if need be. That being said, the pen is indeed robust – I have dropped it numerous times and have owned it for 3 years. Nothing has ever happened. If you buy it, it will last a while, you can be sure of that!
Final Thoughts (6/10)
Over the years, people have constantly bought many of these, and similar pens to be able to say that they own a ‘Parker pen’. However, the nib really does let this pen down. Be warned – if you want a pen that you will use for extended sessions, this is not it. It is great for those quick notes like writing a number or a shopping list – but nothing more. Overall it is a nifty little pen that will indeed surprise you at times – but don’t overestimate the writing quality you’ll get out of it. Worth the price? Perhaps not. Spend a few pounds extra and get a Pilot Metropolitan. But for those of you in love with its design – it is a lovely buy.
By Ali Abbas Panju