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Taking the 5th?

Posted by Dirck on 19 September, 2011

Apparently, at the start of next month, Parker is unveiling the 5th mode of writing!

Those of us with a classical education will at this moment picture Bugs Bunny in Vaudeville dress, looking out into an auditorium bereft of all but a few noisy crickets.

I’m working at formulating the other four modes.  I assume stylus and malleable surface are not in the running, nor brushes.  Let’s see… pencil, fountain pen, roller-type pen, and felt.  Why not?  It seems, though, that this 5th mode is an adaptation of the fibre-tipped pen that is rigged to look like a fountain pen.  There are some good pictures here, with commentary auf Deutsch.

It is currently getting derision heaped upon it at the Fountain Pen Network, in part because it’s a silly notion being introduced in a rather expensive pen (the Ingenuity, which we’re told will retail for about $160) and in part because the refills are monstrously expensive– about $8.  That’s as much as a cheap bottle of ink, and I rather doubt one will get the same mileage out of it.

My own tinfoil-hatted take on this is that it’s part of some kind of plot on the part of Parker’s owners, Newell-Rubbermaid, to cripple the company and reduce it to a figure of fun as an opening move in the dissolution of the marque.  Utter, rampaging paranoid lunacy, but there is an element of that in my makeup.  So, conspiracy fans, remember that you heard it here first.

I certainly will not be taking the 5th, based on what I have thus far discovered it.  Perhaps if a jabbering supermodel/actress drops through the roof of my car and presses one upon me, I’ll try it, but I’m certainly not going to spend money on it.

Today’s perfectly useful 2nd mode: Sheaffer Valiant (fat TD)
Today’s relatively inexpensive ink: Herbin’s Vert Empire

3 Responses to “Taking the 5th?”

  1. Zena said


  2. […] that’s a fiction, but I did want to tie into a previous entry in which I made the sort of unguarded and absolute statement that the conditional nature of the […]

  3. […] the Parker Ingenuity mentioned previously arrived on Friday, and I’ve spent the weekend making little marks on […]

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