1000 Reviews: Parker Sonnet Fountain Pen is it Good

Parker Sonnet Fountain Pen
Parker Sonnet Fountain Pen

Brief History of the Parker Sonnet Fountain Pen

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The Parker Sonnet range of Fountain Pens was launched on the market in 1993 to take up the role of a new flag ship parker fountain pen. It is Parker at its best, delivering a virtually flawless performance.

This pen’s beauty lay in its classical sense, with a wide range of models for the piece are available in a wide range of choices with writers choosing among a range of quality finishes at different price points, deep-black lacquer, matte black, pink gold, and metal with pearl inlay. The base line models are presented in stainless steel with premium models having a chiselled silver design.

The build quality is extraordinary, testament why this model has been produced for over 30 years. The Pen sits well in the hand, with great balance. The action at the business end is smooth, drawing ink with ease.

The nib is of a fine 18k gold, with a good amount of spring to delivery smooth lines.

1993 and the Gel Pen

The Parker Sonnet fountain pen was released during the era of the beginning of the rise of the gel ball point pen. A new type of super smooth pen that seemed to have no limits. Almost like the diesel engines replacing steam, before electric replacing diesel, the popularity of Gel pens continues today. Unlike steam engines, the Parker Sonnet Fountain Pen is still being manufactured today. Owning a fountain pen is not just for Christmas, it takes time to get to know it well and when you know it well it becomes a writing instrument of pleasure. Gel pens impressive as they are do not quite have the steam engine following of the fountain pen.

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Red Lacquer Parker Sonnet Fountain Pen

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Selection of Gel Pens

Parker Sonnet Fountain Pen Models Most to Least Expensive

  • Sonnet Cisele Silver
  • Sonnet Cisele Sterling
  • Sonnet Chiselled Silver
  • Sonnet Metal and Pearl
  • Sonnet Pearl
  • Sonnet Pink Gold
  • Sonnet Dark Grey (reviewed here)
  • Sonnet Brown Rubber Lacquer
  • Sonnet Red
  • Sonnet Deep Black Lacquer
  • Sonnet Matte Black
  • Sonnet Stainless Steel

Parker Sonnet Metro Fountain Pen Black – special edition

The special edition ‘Metro’ is produced with a elegant monochrome design. The cap is lacquered in deep black with a urban street map etched across its surface. The nib is made from 18ct gold with trade mark arrow clip. The pen weighs 260g

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The detail on the cap is quite impressive. If you are into biro art, your eye will end up tracing the map lines running along the case under the clip

80% 5 star review thoughts of the Parker Sonnet Fountain Pen

A really beautiful pen to look at and use. On the desk adds style and grace. 

Purchaser comment

Beautiful and smooth writing pen. It has a great feel to it.

Purchaser comment

Headline comments from the 5 star rated buyers

There is a slight word of warning when looking through consumer review comments. It is human nature to either complain or moan. What better way to do both at once when you are dissatisfied with a purchase. When things run smoothly, there is sometimes not the same passion to get typing a great product buy noticed. That being said, with the leaning towards unhappy customers being more driven to be more vocal with their dissatisfaction. The star rating system at least gives an indicator that the product was just fine for the majority. Top tip, look for trends in the comments. I have often found issues with something I brought, learned to live with the niggle only to reread reviews to see every third reviewer commented on the issue. Do not get drawn into the 1 stars and the 5 stars look for patterns. If the product arrived broke, there is not much you can do about that, but see how swiftly the issue was rectified.

5 star rated customers wrote this about the Parker Sonnet Fountain Pen.

  • Excellent
  • Five Stars
  • a beautiful pen.
  • A present so nicely packaged
  • Beautiful looking pen
  • Brilliant pen
  • Brilliant quality Parker pen
  • Classic style,
  • Classically Elegant.
  • Comes with refillable cartridge in situ
  • Delighted with the pen.
  • Gorgeous
  • Great
  • Must buy
  • Sheer luxury
  • Stylish and affordable
  • Typically excellent Parker quality
  • Very easy to use
  • Lovely Pen
  • Parker Sonnet
  • Surprisingly, wonderful.

The 1 and 2 star trends for the Parker Sonnet Fountain Pen

Usually buyers in this category do not hold back. stripping away the obvious issues with the service delivery which has nothing to do with Parker, a handful of commenters spoke of their disappointment with the pen. The comments that crop up are to do with ink flow or the nib would dry up. A bit more digging around and the counter comments and tips appear to point to the type of ink. One useful piece of feedback identified using a convertor and bottled ink turned the experience round with the pen by 180 degrees. The vast majority of the feedback is in the upper band of being satisfied.

How to remove the feed on the Parker Sonnet Fountain Pen

The Parker Sonnet has a very unusual feed fitting. If you wish to remove it you need to follow these basic instructions. First unscrew the feed one turn, then pull the feed as well as the nib out. The Nib is attached to the feed by clip on each side, similar to the Frontier fountain pen. Remember the nib on the Sonnet is quite thin metal, using a thin 1 or 2 thou shim should not cause damage.

Recommended inks for fixing ink flow problems with the Parker Sonnet Fountain Pen

We have rounded up positive user experience and feedback when it comes to selecting the right ink for your Parker Sonnet Fountain Pen. The main advice suggests switching to a dryer ink. A few owners commented that they found too much ink flow when using Parker Quink ink, switching over to a ‘dryer’ ink, Shaeffer Skrip ink. Other Inks you may like to try include  J. Herbin’s Perle Noir or Eclat de Saphire, ‘Cross’ Royal Blue ink. Waterman also make Florida / Serenity Blue ink which does have a reputation for being good with tricky pens.  

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Shaeffer Skrip ink

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 J. Herbin’s Perle Noir

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Pros of the Parker Sonnet Fountain Pen

  1. The Black Lacquer with Chrome Trim, Sonnet writes as well as my gold tipped Sonnet
  2. The pen can fit 2 ink cartridges
  3. The pen comes with 1 refillable convertor cartridge.
  4. The finish is absolutely beautiful
  5. Well made, to be expected from Parker
  6. The Sonnet writes with a medium nib similar to fine lamy
  7. Problems with ink flow can be helped by switching to a dryer ink
  8. Nice looking pen and finish
  9. Retro styling

Cons Parker Sonnet Fountain Pen

  • The pen has very wet medium nib.
  • Can create too much ink flow if using Parker Quink ink
  • Some users highlight Ink Flow issues, with work arounds with other inks

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