Review of the Parker Frontier
The Parker Frontier is a “go to”
pen for me. I find it comfortable in my hand and an eager
writer. I own four of these pens, so far. I don’t have
every color and finish, since according to Tony Fischier’s
Parker penography website, quite a few were produced
1996-2012 in various finishes and I can only write with
one at a time.
I would call it a standard size
pen. I measure it at 4 7/8 inches (124mm) long uncapped,
which is how I use it. Just under a half inch diameter
(17mm) and just the right weight. The steel nibs are
plated in gold or chrome with a simple design and the word
PARKER. The M or F hides in the section. I have only seen
M or F nibs on them.
Most of them have a rubber coated
section making them a little nicer for arthritic fingers.
A metal ring of Diamonite Z (50% gold and 50% titanium
marks the end of the section. Plastic threads mate it to
the barrel, even on my metal barrel Frontier. The caps are
brushed steel except the clip and metal jewel, which match
the nib in polished gold or chrome, depending on the
Always an exception, so my matte
black Frontier matches cap to barrel with gold nib, clip
and jewel. This black one lacks the rubber sleeve. It also
does not say Made in USA. However it did come in Parker
packaging including a line that identified it for the
India/ Nepal market. The nib design also varies on this.
All will, of course, take Parker
cartridges. These pens will also take any of the Parker
The caps are snap on style. I have
seen some owner concerned that the caps wobble or spin.
DON’T PANIC! They’re snap caps, and spinning is common
with this type of cap and they won’t come off. The brushed
steel caps have Parker Frontier stamped under the clip and
Made in USA on the back with a simple date code.
I believe these were positioned as
an entry level pen or just above, since they retailed for
about $20 US. I believe they were just above the Jotter,
Reflex and Vector pens. They are still widely available on
Production seems to have started
with the plastic ombre barrels in black with blue, red or
green as well as the transparent colors and the metallic
ones. In 1998 the flighters were introduced and in 2000
the Chromaflair, to be replaced by the color shift barrels
in 07 – 08. For some reason, Parker never made fancier
versions of the Frontier like they did with the
In conclusion, I find the
Frontiers real workhorses. The F nibs are nice and smooth,
so the M nibs are even better. Since they’re not hooded
nibs, you can easily make adjustments if needed and you
have a shiny nib to look at while you write. Because the
end of the barrels are rounded, I think they resemble the
Sonnet but a plainer one.
Just for fun, I compared the size
to Waterman Phileas and Cross CenturyII. I have pens from
other companies that will not take their own converters. I
like that Parker designed these to take theirs. That way,
you’re not limited to Parker’s few colors.
Look them up. I think you’ll be
pleasantly surprised at the price and durability of these
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