Published on February 22nd, 2011 | by Greg0
Gift Idea: Parker I.M. Premium Pens
May 8th is Mother’s Day in the United States, and we’ve already picked out our gift: a pen. Writing instruments might seem an odd selection, but hear us out: your mom will appreciate something solid to replace the annoying cheap ballpoint pens. And the packaging and presentation is nice enough to make even the most image-conscious parent pleased.
The Parker I.M. Premium line comes in a few finishes- with names like Deep Gun Metal Chiseled, Shiny Chrome Chiseled, and Twin Chiseled. You also have a choice between different “modes”, and you’ll have to choose and stick with one: ballpoint, roller ball, or fountain. We’ve been testing the latter option, and there are two nib sizes as well. Both southpaws and right-handed writers will find it easy to use. Refills are easy to find for the roller ball and ballpoint models, and though they suggest using their own Quink inks, we had luck with several decent inks. Nib quality is excellent, and the results can be lovely… if you have the penmanship, a good fountain pen makes even your grocery list look classy.
We liked the finish. Overall, the I.M. Premium felt well-balanced, easy to hold and held up well against a couple of drops. And best of all is the price- it feels almost too good of a pen for the cost, available for as low as $40 or so.