1. It’s overlooked because:

    1) No converter available. Who wants to fiddle with eyedroppers? Cartridges are lame when you have numerous bottles of ink. Why can’t they just create a converter? I have a Parker 51 aerometric–been in my family since 1963 or so and the squeeze converter is great.

    2) Price. Anything over $50 is way out of my league. I’d buy another Parker in a heartbeat for $50 with an available converter.

    3) I bought a plastic Parker for school back in 1967–think it was a Duofold and had a double stripe on the cap but I no longer have it to compare pictures. it was green. I bought it with my allowance I think and I was a kid so it couldn’t have been that expensive. Unfortunately lost along the way, rats! It worked well.

    I wonder if they listen to feedback?

    • Hmmm…our Sonnets all come with a converter, proprietary, but if you already have a Sonnet that doesn’t have a converter, you can always purchase one separately! And I’m not sure that these Sonnets can be converted to eyedropper, since they are metal, which may react with the ink.
      I’m sorry you lost your pen! I hope you have another one now in its place – some of my favourite pens are the ones with history 🙂

  2. p.s It looks like a had a Parker Slimfold. I remember it as having 2 stripes on the cap but online pictures show only one. The green colour was more like a teal. I’m sure it had the same aerometric filler system as my Parker 51. I was never fond of fiddling with cartridges and I remember having a bottle of Parker Quink for it.

    Anyway, up Parker!

    Your Sonnet is lovely, I wish pen companies would put floral designs on pen barrels and caps. I used to see a lot of those but they seem to have disappeared. if they had a Sonnet with a floral design i might just have to save up for it. 😉

    • I really like the aerometric filler on my Parker 51, too! I don’t always mind fiddling around with a cartridge, since usually the cartridges hold more ink than the converter, but the sac on the Parker 51 seems to hold quite a bit of ink.
      Maybe one day Parker will make a pen with some floral designs! You never know 😉

  3. I bought one despite the fact that I do not usually like Parker Nibs. But for some reason I don’t know, the NIB on the Parker Sonnet is really better than what I had experienced on their other pens. And the “fine” nib is a true “fine”.

    • Thanks so much for your comment! I’m so glad you are liking your Parker Sonnet. I really love the nib on my Sonnet (as you can tell!) – I also have a fine on mine – and I write with it every day 🙂

  4. G.A.P.T.

    I really like my sonnet as well. I got it last winter. Unfortunately you weren’t carrying them at the time, and I ended up getting mine from another Toronto pen shop (sorry).

    My stainless on stainless sonnet originally came with a fine nib, but I had Parker swap it out for a cursive italic, which I love. I don’t think they offer that nib usually, but they’ll swap out the nib for free if you ask. I’m not sure of the exact width, but it’s a little more narrow than the TWSBI 1.1mm. I find it perfect for everyday writing.

    Anyways, its cool that you’ve “discovered” this pen too, and are now carrying it. The brown rubber really does look nice, and the gold nib is definitely something to aspire too.

    • I’m so glad to hear you are enjoying your Sonnet! What a great pen, and I am certainly thrilled I’ve finally discovered it 🙂
      It’s also nice to hear that you had such a positive experience with Parker – of course having the right nib for you makes all the difference in the world. I have a fine on mine, but I might have to try a cursive italic! Maybe that’ll be the magic bullet to redeem my handwriting 😉

  5. Armando Cordova

    Hello Liz,

    I came across your website by accident. I am from Vancouver, BC, and I collect pens. Sonnet is one of my favorites, and at the moment, I have three of them. They are also my preferred pens from the dozen or so that I have. For whatever reason, I feel good about myself when I am using it.

    I am writing to congratulate you and Jon on your thriving pen shop. Especially, I am quite impressed with how you can manage or juggle all your responsibilities (minding the store, taking care of Caleb, planning, dealing with customers, etc.) and at the same time find time to post blogs and answer most of the replies that come your way.

    Keep up the good work.



    • Hello Armando!

      How great that you’ve come across us! I love my Parker Sonnet, and want another one, but am using my considerable powers of self-control to wait until I have a good reason for a new pen 🙂

      Thank you so much for your warm words! You are too kind. There is a lot that falls through the cracks, but we’re hoping it’s mostly the small things 😉

      Thanks again for taking the time to read through the blog, and especially for commenting! I hear there are some very good pen shops in Vancouver, and one day we’re going to have to take the train out west to check them out! 🙂

    • wonderpens

      I haven’t had any concerns or noticed any differences! I’ve only used this pen for around a year so far, although it hasn’t been brought to our attention that this finish hasn’t been as long-lasting as other pens.

  6. Frank Nugent

    I have three Sonnets I use with converters: a stainless steel flighter; matte black; and a firedance. The firedance was dropped from the range in 1998 but is the most beautiful pen I own. All are great writers, feel comfortable and substantial in the hand, and have an understated elegance. I’m puzzled that they don’t feature more widely in fountain pen groups.

    • wonderpens

      Yes, I know what you mean! It’s such a great, substantial, yet not overbearing pen, with a great nib. Not our most popular pen in the shop, but such an all-around pen! A real favourite of mine, and glad to hear you are enjoying yours as well.

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