Friday, May 23, 2008

Parker Vector

I wanted to post my first comment on something that I like very much: my old Parker Vector mechanical pencil.

This was my Grandfather's gift in some 1980's Christmas; came with a matching roller ball (that, unfortunately, someone who borrowed it from me broken... good learning...), and is one of my preferred items on my small collection (certainly, the most loved one).


With the all stainless steel construction, it looks like being heavy, but it is actually very light and with an incredible good grip (without the need for any special grip-enhancement mechanism). Like all the Parkers, it is elegant and good looking when in your shirt pocket.

Internally, a small eraser that is not really usable; too small, too hard. Works better as the lead compartment door. The clutch mechanism is competent, with any special feature added, but firm and with good stable lead advancement through pushing the upper part of the pencil.


In summary, a really nice instrument, extremely good looking (at least for my taste), and with a smooth and stable writing experience.

15 comments:

LePhare said...

Hi Adriano. Saw the link on Germ's Pencil 11. Will visit often.
IanS.

Adriano said...

Thank you; I will try to get the blog updated more often - new itens to come!

Germ said...

Sorry for the late comment. These are a true sleeper in the Parker line. The stainless Vector is totally different from the normal Vector types. I highly recommend these for everyone. One is needed for any and all collections. :)

kiwi-d said...

Whose leads do you prefer to refill with?

Adriano said...

Hello kiwi-d,

I like the Faber-Castell HB leads to use with it; these does not break so easy, and the pencil balance and low wheight makes this lead ideal to write fast and strong lines.

Cheers.

kiwi-d said...

I have seen some Made in Brazil Faber-Castell leads. So is that what you get in Brazil, or German leads?

Adriano said...

Here we get the Made in Brazil version, usually. They are pretty good quality. By the way, the pencil mentioned in the article is also a Made in Brazil Parker - we used to have a Parker manufacturing plant in Brazil in the 80's...

kiwi-d said...

Parker Brazil - now thats one I hadn't heard of. Very interesting. Its really quite hard to keep track of all the defunct operations of Parker, Shaeffer, etc. There were so many.

Germ said...

Made in Brazil leads. COOL!!! May have to try some out. Dave, if you get some, send some my way. :)

Any new additions Adriano?

Adriano said...

Germ,

Trying to get some new posts going on soon; look out for something about my new Pilot S20 or the 25 years old small Furi-Furi 0.5... look out!

Anonymous said...

Bom dia Adriano,
Conheci o teu blog através do DMP,se você é daqui da cidade de São Paulo mesmo, dê uma passada na banca do Gil, fica na Rua Marconi, próximo à 7 de abril.
Ele vende lapiseiras e canetas, muitas xingling, porém sempre tem Pentel,Pilot,e outros modelos, consegui comprar com ele uma Pilot Rocky 0.5 mm, modelo dos anos 90 muito difícl de encontrar.
Até mais,

marco
marcobona@ig.com.br

Adriano said...

Tks for the tip, Marco. I will go over there when I pass by downtown.
Have a nice 2009!

Fábio said...

Hi, Adriano

I'm a regular reader of Dave's Mechanical Pencils and was thrilled to know you started a blog devoted to writing instruments too.

Being also from São Paulo like you, I'd like to know if you have any tips about places to buy mechanical pencils and pens. For instance I've been trying to find a Pentel Graphgear 1000 since I read about it at Dave's without any luck...


Fabio

Adriano said...

Fabio,

Thanks for the comment. Unfortunately, we are not very lucky in Brazil in this matter - is really very difficult to find cool stuff down here.

Anyway, I already have acquired "specimens" from these places (these are not recommendations, good or bad - it is just reference):

http://www.japuibapapelaria.com.br/

http://www.oprojetista.com.br/

http://www.ecanetas.com.br/

Regarding the specific Pentel Graphgear 1000, I bought mine at one of these three places:

http://www.jetpens.com/

http://www.jstationery.com/

http://www.penwish.com/

Good luck.

Anonymous said...

Hi Adriano as I mentioned on Daves blog a few days ago you can date your Parker Vector by checking the date codes - usually on the barrel mid section near where the Parker engraving is. You may need a LOUPE or magnifying glass. See this link for HOW TO: http://www.vintagepens.com/FAQhistory/Parker_date_codes.shtml

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