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Parker Jotter Ballpoint Pen Review

Although I can't honestly say that I recall my school days with too much affection as some, that's not the case when it comes to writing instruments, I have vivid memories of my first “real pen” it was a Parker Jotter.  I can remember wandering around the local newsagents & stationers, ferreting  through the blister packs hanging on racks looking for the best colour.

Parker Jotter Ballpoint Pen

Parker are also known for fountain pens, the ballpoint wasn't introduced to the collection until 1954.  Several years of research completed, it was claimed that these ballpoints were different from their competitors in that they had a choice of nib sizes, wrote 5 times longer & were simple to refill.  In the early days various changes & modifications were made.  The ink formula & tungsten writing ball were improved, today it's still considered by some as timeless classic.  I would go so far to say Parker is a household name, maybe due to my early experiences.

Working for Tiger Pens, I get the opportunity to review a range of pens, today I'm pleased to have the chance to revisit memory lane.  The classic stainless steel section at the top of the barrel is met by a navy blue section, made from moulded plastic which completes the look.   You could also choose a Parker Jotter ballpoint in red, white, bronze or black.  All have blue ink & medium point tips that appear through a metal nozzle when the push button is pressed.  A retractable ballpoint that is 5” long, I found it light to hold & somehow feels smaller than other pens, although checking others on my desk it's clear that is not the case.

So what about the performance, the Jotter gave the results I expected, no sign of blotting & the same appearance as many other medium nib ballpoints.  It did feel relatively slim when held & the absence of a grip left me feeling it was slipping my grasp when writing for any length of time.

The original Parker Jotter can be refilled & comes in a bronze & black gift box, overall not bad for an everyday pen, sadly I don't think the writing experience this time around will stay with me as long as that of my very first pen.

Parker Jotter Ballpoint Pen Review

Parker Jotter Ballpoint Pen Review

8 thoughts on “Parker Jotter Ballpoint Pen Review”

  • John the Monkey

    I've a soft spot for the jotter too, although it's the stainless steel "flighter" i like. They write great with Parker's gel ink bp refills, imo - I keep one around for lending out, or addressing envelopes &c.

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  • Kim

    Thanks for the tip, I'll try a gel when it's time to refill

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  • Ken

    I have fond fuzzy 20+ year old memories of one with a green barrel and gold clip end. It always felt good to write with.

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  • Drone

    The Jotters of today are a mere shadow of the past Jotters when it comes to quality. I have a couple of USA made all stainless Jotters with metal cap inserts. Handling one of these vintage Jotters next to a new Jotter is a telling experience.

    Once the Jotters were made in the USA, UK, then France. I'm not positive but I think the Jotters are made only in France now. But I bet they're headed to China soon - if not already.

    I agree, the Parker 0.7mm GEL refills really enhance this pen. But I have experienced varying quality with these gel refills straight out of the package. If the gel refill doesn't write a wet smooth juicy line with no skipping at all - it is likely defective. Try buying another from a different store. I've complained to Parker USA about this and even sent them a detailed report which compares a bunch of gel refills I bought which were both bad and good. They never replied.

    Thanks for the review - David

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  • Kim

    Thanks for your comments David. Regarding your report, it seems to be a sad fact of life that many organisations don't give the courtesy of a reply in many cases. I think that's a shame.

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  • Penacious h

    Agree with David on the inconsistency of the Parker Gel refills. I used to use the Parker roller refills and pens all the time till I found the G2's, which I think are better and less likely to blot. I just got a Parker Vector XL twist action BP, and paired it with the new-ish (at least in NE US) Quink Flow Parker refills, and like it A LOT! But even smoother than that is the Schmidt Private Reserve Easy Flow--compared the two and like the Schmidt more and it's usually less expensive (though QuinkFlows are starting to reach my Staples but on the same rack--not differentiated--as the standard Parker BP refills. Go figure.

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  • Bobby Roberts

    My father used these pens, and I love their look, size and feel. After many years without using them, I recently bought several. ALL of them write very badly; a cheap Bic pen does much better. They don't write immediately (you have to scratch them to wake them up); and they leave little spots frequently. I too wrote to Parker about this and got no reply. A common modern situation: a product one half loves and a company that apparently doesn't give a darn.

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  • addie

    I am a huge fan of parker.But only the looks and the royal feel. Sadly the ball and gel are just not for me. I prefer Cello and pilot more than Parker.

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