Guest post: Comparison of 3 Parker Vectors

So, the Parker Vector has been around for a long time. A long-lived pen. But did they remain the same throughout the years? We shall see:

We compare vectors made from the USA, UK and France. Presumably, the American Vector is likely the first and oldest batch, the UK version the intermediate batch and the French one the last and newest batch.


First the overall look from bottom to top: USA, UK and France, in this order. Nothing seems much different.


Differences starts to appear. Other than the country of origin being different, obviously, we can see the one made in USA does not have such a deep imprint as compared to UK, which is less than the one made in France.


Likewise, the same is happening in the front. The depth of the imprints is the least for USA, and the deepest for the French version. Also, the words changed too. The word “Parker” on the French build has a bigger P than the rest of the word.


The symbols changes as well. This is the French version, looks like the USA version but much coarser.


The logo on the UK version looks like a P.


In the USA version, the arrow in the logo is pointing upwards.


The length looks the same for all 3 versions for the cap. The shapes and lengths of the clips are also the same.


The French version is actually longer by a little because the black plastic between the feed section and the pen body is a little longer. It is not a quality issue, but an indication that the inner black body of the French version is a little longer.


And the evidence that my guess was right.


Now for the real interesting part. The difference is the most obvious here. The USA version has at least 2 round screw threads more than the UK. The UK and French pens have the same number of threads. Lengthwise, they are the same.
The most important difference between the 3 nibs:


The USA version: The breathing hole is triangular, and the word “Parker” is very near the breathing hole.


The UK version: The breathing hole is a weird shape like a bell, and, like the US version, it is a fully depressed version.


The French version. The breathing hold is square but not fully depressed. The P and R are bigger. Also, the word is further away from the breathing hole.

This guest post has been written by Thomas Teo.

5 Responses

  1. alex33andros 23 March 2015 / 5:18 AM

    I always love parker vector pens. It is all about modern design of a high quality pen. I prefer the blue vector as a “must” for office work.

  2. davidrea 13 March 2015 / 10:28 AM

    Took a look at my Vector tonight – it appears to have the French-style nib and Parker imprint, but the only other marking on the cap is “IU” – no “Made in France” … I wonder if this is one of the Indian/Asian manufactured Vectors that ukmike2000 mentioned?

  3. ukmike2000 22 November 2014 / 11:31 PM

    To confuse matters even more I understand that the Parker Vector is also currently manufactured in India and China.

    • Maybelline 23 November 2014 / 7:43 AM

      Wow that’s gonna be a little too many Vectors for comparison 🙂

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