Parker “51” Aerometric, England 1952 – behaving like a Sailor Naginata togi


The Sailor Naginata togi is a special nib, ground like the keel of a boat. The nib costs $$$ and I have recently read somewhere that if you order one you’ll have to wait up to one year to get it in your hands. I happen to have a Sailor PG with that nib. The way it is ground makes it writes like a fine nib at a vertical angle, and wide at a low angle and with a continuum in between.

To my big surprise, I just the other day discovered that one of my old Parker “51”, an English Aerometric from 1952, behaved exactly like a Naginata togi, and the pictures below are to illustrate that. What I don’t know is if the “Naginata togi effect” is due to the way the nib is ground, or due to wear over the years or possibly a combination of both. The interesting thing is that the Parker “51” does the same thing as the Sailor nib, but with much less tipping material.

I hope that some nib-experts will leave their comments…

PS: I’m sorry for the inferior quality of the pictures, it was a cloudy day which effects both the brightness and the depth of the focus. Perhaps I can later replace the pictures with better ones…

Writing sample

Parker 51 Naginata togi 003

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