Parker Lucky Curve / Jack Knife #20 – Wet Noodle (See Price Here)
Here is the Parker Lucky Curve Jack Knife #20. These early Parkers are longer and more slender than the Duofold models and were titled as “Safety” pens since they had a screw on cap. This Jack Knife is made of hard rubber and still retains it’s dark, black color. Imprints are a little worn but still readable. The nickel clip has some wear to the edges but otherwise in good shape. The 14kt. Parker Lucky Curve nib has the tiniest crack coming out of the top of right curve of the heart-shaped breather hole (looking at it from a writing position). I almost missed it, it is so small. You can just barely make it out in the picture. I debated whether to send this off to get welded shut and decided that it just wasn’t cost effective (i.e. a lot of money for something that isn’t a great concern). This spot on the breather hole is the least concerning of all cracks, and this one is miniscule. I know cracks scare a lot of people, but they are quite common in flex nibs due to their thinner profile. I have a whole pile of cracked nibs, and have used some of them frequently for years. So long as you don’t over flex (something you shouldn’t do even if there isn’t a crack), the crack remains quite stable. So back to the nib….it’s wonderful, wet noodle soft nib. Normally, it writes as a wet F (0.4mm). It’s soft enough, however, that even slight pressure causes movement in the tines and so isn’t the most pleasant writer. The flex, though, is amazing. While the range isn’t massive (F to BB / 1.5mm), the responsiveness is approaching dip nib quality. It is really quite exceptional. It’s the kind of nib that you could easily add flex to your normal cursive writing without using hardly any extra pressure but also without having to worry about things getting too wet and blobby. The flex is just clean and crisp.
SIZE: 5 1/4″ Capped
NIB: 14kt. #2 Parker Lucky Curve, F to BB (0.4mm-1.5mm), WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)
FILLING: Button Filler
- Pen (barrel, section, nib, feed, & cap) thoroughly cleaned & flushed
- Nib polished. It already wrote fantastic.
- Trim cleaned and polished
- New sac
- New pressure bar
- Test driven for a week to insure quality