We explore the legacy of probably the most famous manufacturer of writing implements in the world – Parker Pens
It’s more than a gift, it’s a Parker. The iconic and much-loved pen company has long been synonymous with fine writing, ever since the company’s incorporation in Wisconsin back in 1892. At the age of just 25, founder George Parker applied for his first pen patent and began the Parker story with the driving philosophy: “It will always be possible to make a better pen”.
Since that auspicious date, Parker pens have taken centre stage in peace treaties held by heads of state and royalty. As well as being a special way of showing appreciation to colleagues, loved ones and family.
The President of the American peace commission uses a Parker pen to sign the Treaty of Peace, ending the Spanish-American War.
Four unique sterling silver Parker 75s are custom-made. The pens are used to sign the Intermediate Nuclear Arms Treaty by American President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev on December 8 that year.
Mikhail Gorbachev and George Bush sign the Salt Treaty, limiting the use of strategic arms. Each uses a Parker pen engraved with their signature and decorated with a sapphire.
As well as being the preferred pen of heads of state, Parker’s top-of-the-range fountain pens make ideal gifts.
A modern twist on a Parker Classic, the Prestige range brings years of Duofold heritage to life in a bold new design symbolic of its discerning lineage. Driven by a commitment to superior craftsmanship, Duofold brings together lasting luxury and distinctive style with an upgraded Classic line and new premium Prestige range. Constructed from 21 individual pieces and a range of precious metals, every detail is carefully considered and brought together meticulously by hand to ensure the finest writing experience.
Exquisitely emblazed with an iconic ace design and classic Goldsmith Hallmarks, the nibs are stamped with extra polished 18-carat solid gold and partially covered with rhodium or ruthenium finish to ensure the finest writing experience.
Delicately crafted, constructed from 21 individual pieces and finished with high-quality precious metal with intricate Chevron patterns for a tactile finish. RRP: £590.
Parker designed the Ingenuity pen to reflect latest innovations and provide an outstanding writing experience. Available in two sizes – a bold large pen and an elegant slim design – the Ingenuity range has been developed to bring all writing modes together, combining the prestige and style of a fountain pen with the simplicity of a rollerball.
Parker’s updated signature elements including a refined arrow clip and detailed cap, using the brand’s pioneering patented 5TH technology – offering an alternative to the fountain pen, ball point, roller ball and the mechanical pencil. Providing consistent ink flow that won’t leak and an easy-to-change refill, Ingenuity is ideal for stylishly mapping out business plans or signing important documents. The full Ingenuity range is available in a selection of materials and colours. Deluxe range: RRP £215, Premium range: RRP £195, Core range: RRP £170.
Passion and expertise are Parker’s signature values, so immerse yourself in the fine art of pen making this Christmas with a Duofold fountain pen or an Ingenuity 5th technology pen.
Parker – Where and How?
Parker was established in 1888, and has spent more than 125 years pioneering innovation, style and unique craftsmanship in fine writing instruments, giving consumers the confidence to write their own stories. Parker is part of Newell Brands’ leading brand portfolio and has a global presence in 145 countries.
For more information, visit www.parker.com.