Parker 180 Slimline Vintage Fountain Pen in Red Jasper Quartz Lacquer on Brass with Black Resin Ribbed Section. Aerometric Push Bar Filling. Double Sided Nib (180 degrees). Made in France c.1982.
Jasper Red Quartz lacquer snap on cap with gold filled arrow clip, secured by G.F. dome ribbed top stud. Gold filled cap band inscribed 'PARKER - MADE IN FRANCE'. Jasper Red Quartz lacquer barrel and black grip section. Rear posting gold filled stud at end of barrel, G.F. ring between barrel and section. Barrel unscrew from section to access push in aerometric push bar ink filling system, Pen can also use standard Parker push in cartridges.
Measurements and Specifications
Closed Length:5.23" (133 mm)
Posted Length: 5.47" (139 mm)
Barrel + Section and Nib Length: 4.86" (124 mm)
Cap Length: 2.40" (60 mm)
Cap Diameter: 0.37" (9.5 mm)
Barrel Diameter Widest Point: 0.36" (9.3 mm)
Nib: 14K Gold - Two Sided - Fine and Medium Writing Tips
Filling System: Aerometric (Push Bar)
Cap Type: Push On, Pull Off (May be posted to rear of barrel)
Pen Weight: 19.1 grams
Nib and Feed
The unique 14C gold flat arrowed nib has metal and resin feeds above and below the nib flats. The nib tip is essentially ball ended, but ground with different widths above and below. By rotating the pen through 180 degrees (as the pen name suggests) the nib will write medium on one side and fine on the other. Very smooth writer, but not a great deal of flex.
Service and Restoration
This Parker 180 has been fully disassembled and ultrasonically cleaned. Ink sac checked and tested for leakage. Nib and feed assembly removed and correctly aligned. Cap and barrel gently polished. Dip write tested and finally flushed with clean water
Pen barrel and shell are free from cracks, chips and scratches. There are no personalisation. Clip and cap ring plating is excellent, top jewel is unmarked. Clip is firm, as is clutch cap retention. Cap engravings are very clear. Overall pen is ready to write and is in excellent condition. Pen is supplied in Parker Poker-dot Card Box (not original).
If there is one Parker pen that could get nicked by some overzealous airport security officer, it's probably the Parker "180". It's mean, it's lean, and it's a writing machine. It has a nib which could be used as a lethal weapon.