Parker Vector
B

Based on 29 reviews

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  • Great for beginners
  • Easy to read lettering can be read from a distance
  • You don’t always get what you think you are buying and this
  • This is true of the Parker Vector as it is of many things these days
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Review: Parker Vector Rollerball
Recommendation & RatingIf you’re looking for a pen worth getting refills for, to cut back on the use of disposable plastic products or just to have a nice pen, the Parker Vector is worth looking at. I don’t know that I’d call it a must-have pen, but it’s not exceptionally high-priced and what it does, it does well.8/10 — Without significant negative worth
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4 months ago
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Why are parkers hated?
Parker (like Waterman, Sheaffer and Cross) is essentially a company in managed decline, extracting the remaining value from the brand without significant investment in R&D. The Duofolds are still great pens - but very traditional, and aimed largely at the gift/presentation market. The Vector is a solid, cheap, workaday pen.
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t_beermonster
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Is a fountain pen a good replacement for a ball point pen?
I used a Parker Vector and Lamy Safari through University for my lecture notes, and found that I could write faster b/c of the flow of ink, put less pressure, and ultimately not tire out easily. I suggest you try both.
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jackfruit26
1 year ago
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What do you get with costlier pens?
I didn't even think about replacing my Parker Vector until the converter broke. Thinking back, it was too light, too slim, the nib was too broad, and the thought of the ink in it drying out bothered me. Before the Vector, I had been using a Golden Star (a Soviet era Chinese pen) for over 10 years, until I dropped it and broke the feed. While looking for a replacement, I found out about Pilot VPs, bought one, and have been using it ever since.
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hekaterine
1 year ago
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Unpopular Fountain Pen Opinions for 2022
I bought a Parker Vector in stainless steel and it is without a doubt the pen I’ve written most with. I throw it in my pocket (as a member of the armed forces I might add) and have 0 concerns over it in a rough life. It’s reasonably smooth to write with, never burps ink and worked perfectly with no hard start after a 4 week break.
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Difficult-Thought-61
8 months ago
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Whats’s your EDC (everyday carry) pen?
Civil servant.
Pelikan M200 and Parker Vector. The Vector really is a cheap workhorse. One of the best pens ever made for the price.
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Han_in_carbonite
1 year ago
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Parker Vector Fountain Pen Review — The Pen Addict
The Vector is a slim, lightweight fountain pen with a plastic body and metal accents. The grip section and bottom cap where the pen posts are a brushed gunmetal color, and the clip is chrome in the shape of the classic Parker arrow. The grip section is long and slim
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4 months ago
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Found this pen My father bought me in 8th grade during Diwali cleaning. Inked it up and realized why i used to love this pen so much. Its now 9 years old and about to hit a decade.
I write with my left hand, so I had always been iffy about ink smearing (though that happens with gel pens too); turns out the Quink ink dries really fast and is great for its cost overall. I even remember buying a small syringe to transfer some of the black quink ink I had to the blue bottle to make my very own blue-black ink. ​. Vectors are seriously one of the best pens out there, good on ya for finding yours.
Squeeze Filter Bags
I've got an original 2L Vector that I've used for 3ish years, no leaks yet. I should note, I actually use it as a gravity filter to a smart water bottle most of the time, so I'm not squeezing it a ton. Maybe that's why mine has lasted so long?
Why are parkers hated?
I haven't had that many pens (the reason I like ink pens is that I don't have to buy a new one). Of the recognizable pens, I've mainly used 2 Lamy safaris and a Parker vector something that I had picked up for like 300 inr (around 5 usd then). One safari developed a loose cap and a wiggly nib after about 2 years. The other one still is scratchy after 2 years (tbf I haven't "daily driven" it, so that can just be on me).
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genxrd
7 months ago
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Specs

Sub Brand/Model

Vector

Finish

Stainless Steel

Trim

Silver/Chrome

Nib Size

Medium