I’m back at the pens from parts thing with two frankenpens under construction right now. One is a Sheaffer similar to what I’ve done before but the other is a Parker 51. This is the first non-Sheaffer I’ve created and it’s been interesting so far. There are three plastic parts visible and offer a choice of color: The blind cap, barrel, and hood or shell. The one thing about this kind of pen I don’t like is that they all had a metal cap which means no color choice for that part.

The parts of the Parker 51 frankenpen. (click image for labeled parts)

The parts of the Parker 51 frankenpen. (click image for labeled parts)

If you’ve noticed how short the barrel looks in the photograph that’s because it’s actually a Parker 51 Demi model. This model was intended for women and has a foreshortened barrel. I’ve always liked them since 51s seem cuter in this diminutive size. The Demi was introduced right on the tail end of the Vacumatic filler’s life and lasted for only a year in this form.

I got the idea to make this pen from a comment someone had made about one of my previous frankys. Since this person inspired me the pen will be traveling out to them when completed. It’s a surprise so I’m not going to give away who the recipient is.

Oh, the pen has been named “Demistein”.

  1. Caloy
    May 9, 2009, 10:11 pm

    Wow Tom… The frankens and the einsteins are crossing over to another brand.. It will be interesting to see the first frankenparker .. of a series..?

  2. TAO
    May 10, 2009, 1:36 pm

    Not sure if the frankenparker will be part of a series. It all depends on what I have in the parts box.

  3. Raphael
    May 10, 2009, 2:01 pm

    Haha! That’s a cute name TAO 🙂
    It’s fun to see the frankenpen family growing:)
    And it’s nice that these pens/parts are given a new lease in life through you:)

  4. May 10, 2009, 7:47 pm

    a demistein! brilliant, tom! as always. cheers! 🙂