Parker 51 does it right
I bought the new Parker 51 Fountain Pen based on appearance as much as function. I’ve used fountain pens since I was ten (55 years ago) and my interest has not slackened. I’ve always been intrigued by the hooded nib of the 51 and that led me to buy this pen (Midnight Blue, medium nib). The fit and function of my pen is first rate. I wrote smoothly out of the box. No scratchiness, very little feedback. Everything fit and the resin was nicely polished. One thing I like over the original is the fact that it has a screw cap. Real fountain pens have screw caps. I purchased the Parker converter along with the pen and it works without issue. The only thing that makes the pen less then ideal to me is that the barrel is too slim. I like a little more girth.
I am fully satisfied with the pen. It is a great value and would make a splendid second or third pen for a beginner. It would also make a first-rate work-a-day pen. This pen was everything it claimed to be and I enthusiastically recommend it to all.