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A fountain pen made by Parker from 1956 to 1982. It looks very similar to the Parker 51, in that it has a hooded nib, a metal cap, and a plastic body. However, it is thinner, and has an arrow embossed over the nib.

Though later examples have a cartridge/converter filling system, the original 61 was self-filling. A Teflon-coated “tube” extended from the section. This was placed in the bottle of ink. A few minutes later, the pen would be filled. This magic was accomplished through capillary action. Though this worked quite well, it required a bit of diligence when caring for the pen. With ball point pens becoming more common and needing less care, many 61s had to be repaired due to dry ink.

Personally, I think it is one of the cooler pens in my collection.

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