I found this pen in a dusty plastic bin, in a claustrophobic little stationery shop (probably on the Avenue of the Americas) that looked like it had given up on ever being clean or orderly sometime in the mid-nineties. Sorry, guy, but that’s what your store is like. Get it together.
The pen itself contained an emptied ink cartridge, and a nib absolutely lost in the mire of long-ago dried up ink, a thick crust I’d say probably dates to around the year 2000. But I was not deterred, and seven dollars and MUCH cleaning later, I present to you the Parker Reflex:
I didn’t even know what kind of pen it was beyond “Parker” and the fact that it was quite possibly made in the U.K. (both clues are printed on the cap) until I found this review by Jim Mamoulides.
It’s a basic school pen, one of my favorite categories of fountain pen due to affordability and the fact that such pens are an attempt at renormalizing fountain pen use. Love the plastic—it’s got that sparkle and marbling typically found only in the paint jobs of bumper cars at the county fair.
The plastic is sturdy, and the cap stays on securely without being difficult to pull off. And check out that grip!
How many other fountain pens do you know with a rubber grip? I haven’t been paying attention and am too tired to recall, but I’m going to wager not too dang many!
Writes wonderfully. I can easily imagine taking notes or writing up an essay with this pen. I think this might be a fine nib—can’t exactly be sure though; what I can see of the nib is completely unadorned.
Technically, you can live without this pen. But it would be a shame not to pick one up, especially if you’ve got the opportunity. It’s a great, sturdy little workhorse pen that’s nicely made and well behaved.
A very lazy search by yours truly seems to indicate Amazon as probably being the best place to pick one up online, but you can probably get a better deal if you dig one up in a store. Let me know if you know of any other good online retailers for the Parker Reflex and I’ll link them here!