The Parker Sonnet, a great combination
The Parker Sonnet is a successful combination of elegance and working power. Even though this fountain pen only entered the market at the end of the 90’s. The Parker Sonnet is already getting replicated quite a lot in Asia, just as the most innovative fountain pen of the 90’s: the Parker 51. Of course a replica fountain pen is not to compare with a original Parker, because the Parker Sonnet is a truly high end product. The first Sonnet’s were made in France and are in my humble opinion still the most elegant. Among others the black version with the thin golden strap. The strap got thicker over time, which didn’t have to be if you ask me. Almost every year they use new materials and colours when new Sonnet’s are brought to market. For every taste there is a Parker Sonnet that fits. For that reason I buy a new Sonnet every few years that fits my taste, because the Sonnet has almost everything my perfect fountain pen should have. If there would be a slightly wider version available it would be the perfect fountain pen for me.
How well does the Parker Sonnet write?
The Parker Sonnet writes perfectly. If you write a lot the Parker Sonnet is a reliable writing instrument. The shape of the sonnet is absolutely great. The pen is well in hand and that gets even better when the cap is attached to the back, like it should be. The Sonnet is a quite thin fountain pen in my perception, and would probably fit best in a woman’s hand.
Nibs for the Parker Sonnet
The nibs for the Parker Sonnet come in different sizes and shapes. A Fine nib is really Fine with the Parker Sonnet. The cheaper models of the Sonnet have a steel nib and the more expensive models have a golden nib. The first Sonnet’s had a really flexible nibs that were great for calligraphy and advanced penmanship. Over time the nibs got a bit sturdier.
The filling system of the Parker Sonnet
The current Sonnet’s use a cartridge filling system. You can also put a converter in the Parker Sonnet. Parker fountain pens have the tendency to have the ink evaporate slowly. So if you don’t write often it’s better to use a converter and renew your ink when you are going to write again. The clip is fine, you can carry this fountain pen with you in all thinkable ways.