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Parker Duofold International, 18k Solid Gold Extra Fine Nib, 1992, Mint For Sale
PARKER DUOFOLD INTERNATIONAL, 18K SOLID GOLD EXTRA FINE NIB, 1992, MINT! For sale here is a stunningPARKER DUOFOLD INTERNATIONAL, with 18K SOLID GOLD EXTRA FINE NIB, made in 2nd Quarter 1992 in the UK in MINT condition!
This is the slightLy smaller and much rarer version of the Parker Duofold Centennial, know as the INTERNATIONAL. It is in shiny black polished resin with 23K Gold plated trim. This is the original Mark I version and has the date code IIA which corresponds to 2nd Quarter 1992. It is in mint condition with no scratches, cracks, dents or chips anywhere on it. The cap has "PARKER MADE IN UK IIA" embossed on it. The clip is tight. The EXTRA FINE 18K SOLID GOLD NIB is in mint condition and has "PARKER 18K 750" and the Parker arrow on it. The pen is filled using a premium Parker screw plunger filler but can also take standard Parker cartridges. No box I'm afraid but still in mint condition. This continues to be Parkers premium pen and would make an excellent gift or addition to your collection - a truly classy lady of a pen! DONT'T FORGET TO CHECK OUT MY OTHER SIMILAR ITEMS! Below is a bit about the Duofold and the International; April 1st 1989 Parker introduced theDuofold International,a smaller sized version of the Centennial, available in the same three finishes ofBlack, Marbled BlueandMarbled Maroon. The International featured a smaller 18K gold nib with the nib grade options of Extra Fine, Fine, Medium and Broad. It retailed at $250 for the fountain pen and as a set with a ball pen for $375.
It was to be the most modern fountain pen to date. With a ten day computer controlled manufacturing process, and made from over 130 components it was subjected to 100 quality tests. The large nibs alone, punched out from a single gold sheet, had 21 production stages. Parker boasted that the nib was the largest solid gold nib in the industry. They were hand-slit with a blade fine as a human hair and finished by tumbling for 48 hours in a barrel filled with walnut shells, and then hand polished.
The nibs were were offered in four standard grades and 22 non-standard. Initially the customers had a choice between a 14K or 18K nib, but the 14K nibs were discontinued in March of 1989. The nibs sported an attractive ruthenium arrow motif, and the tips, often referred to as the "iridium", were also made from ruthenium. Ruthenium is a very hard metal that belongs to the platinum family and is inert to most chemicals. The ink feed and collector was computer designed and built not to leak at any "normal" plane altitude, by controlling and regulating the ink by sensitively adapting to atmospheric pressure and temperature changes.
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Parker Duofold International, 18k Solid Gold Extra Fine Nib, 1992, Mint: $85