Fountain Pen Restoration

Parker 61

Just a brief entry here on cleaning a Parker 61 Capillary-Filler. The Parker 61 was produced by Parker beginning in 1956. It began as a capillary filler and continued to be produced as one until the late 1960s. At that time, Parker switched the pen to a cartridge/converter fill due to the clogging issues that 61s experienced. The capillary filler was a simple filling system, accomplished by unscrewing the barrel and placing the end of the filler into a bottle of ink and allowing the filler to wick up the desired ink.

This worked well. The problem arose when the filler sat with ink for a period of time and became difficult to clean.

This Grey 61 with a Lustraloy cap came to me to see if I could get it to write. I acquired a 61 Jet Flighter three years ago with the same problem and had fashioned a tool to do the cleaning, so this was a snap.

To make your own tool, purchase an ear cleaning bulb and cut off the end until it fits securely over the end of the capillary filler.  Then place the nib end of the pen in water and squeeze, repeating until the changed water becomes clear.  You may also want to reverse the bulb to cover the nib end.   After you have cleared the filler, cover the nib with tissue and leave the pen upright to allow the remaining ink residue to drain out.  This process should clean out your filler and you are now ready to fill with your ink of choice.

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Here is a photo of the completed 61.  I polished the barrel and used a qtip to polish the inlaid arrow design, unique to these pens.  Of special importance in working with these is not to attempt to clean the barrel and arrow insert with an ultrasonic cleaner, as they have been known to knock the inlaid arrow out of the pen.

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Here is a photo of another Parker 61 – the Jet Flighter, an all stainless steel model that was produced beginning in 1959.  I crafted the above tool initially to clean this pen out after I purchased it a few years ago.  It came with the matching pencil.

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April 15, 2009 - Posted by | Parker 61, Parker Pen Company | ,

39 Comments »

  1. […] Parker 61 […]

    Pingback by Parker 61 : Penpedia | April 26, 2009 | Reply

  2. Where can I get some spare arrows that fir into the
    Parker 61 shell. How best to fit them.

    Comment by Arnold Greenwood | August 24, 2009 | Reply

  3. I have a parker 61. i lost the little gold arrow that you see on top of the nib. Can you get this little arrow?
    Thanks

    Comment by Zul Bardai | December 21, 2009 | Reply

  4. i have one parker61,a slight hair crack in barrel, the lenth of the crack is 1/2 inch. i want the correct vale of the pen to day,

    Comment by pandian | January 11, 2010 | Reply

    • Pandian,

      Parker 61s can vary in price from $30 to several hundred dollars, based on the version. The 1/2 inch crack is a problem and would also detract from the value significantly, by as much as 25 to 50%. I would suggest you scan the completed auctions for 61s on an auction site such as ebay to determine what they have sold for recently, and to compare those sales of pens that look similar to yours.

      Regards..

      Comment by all of us | January 11, 2010 | Reply

  5. Do you have or know where I can get a gold arrow for my Parker 61. I have lost mine. Thanks

    Comment by stephen | March 21, 2010 | Reply

    • It happens I have several nibs and two 61 Gold Arrows in my spare parts fountain pen collection. These are clean and shiny. I have often seen some on sale on the eBay web site, they usually start with a $10.00 bidding price. Beware what kind of adhesive you use to glue it on the pen hood. Ink and water will affect most of them like cyanoacrylate “crazy glue”. Good epoxy appears to be more durable.
      You can contact me through e-mail: rokk.511@gmail.com
      Regards.
      Rock

      Comment by Gianni | March 21, 2010 | Reply

  6. Thank you, thank you. I was soon to start cleaning my 61 collection with an ultrasonic cleaner!

    Comment by John | May 5, 2010 | Reply

  7. I have black Parker 61 with a cracked shell. How can I replace this shell?

    Comment by Ernest Dodge | December 27, 2010 | Reply

    • The best solution is to look for another 61 with the same barrel, or to advertise for a replacement barrel on a pen website such as fountainpennetwork.com or pentrace.com. The people that read these message boards may have extra supplies of 61 barrels, or know where they can be obtained.

      Comment by PKM | December 27, 2010 | Reply

  8. I have a Parker pen that may be a 61. It does not fill but writes well when dipped in ink. I was about to throw it away because I don’t know who would repair it. Would you like it for parts. Free. Can’t bear to throw away collectables.

    Comment by Sharon Sandow | April 3, 2011 | Reply

  9. I can do better… send me the pen, I will fix it for you (free) and will return it in working condition. This way you will not throw collectibles away.
    Regards.
    Rock

    Comment by Rock | April 3, 2011 | Reply

  10. I have a 61 capillary system pen. I would like to unscrew the collector shell which is glued on it, because I want to change the faulty feeder/collector part. How can I do it?

    Yours sincerely,
    Gyula Lukács

    Comment by Lukácsi Gyula | April 28, 2011 | Reply

  11. can you sell me a gold arrow ? [obviously i’ve lost the same.] thanks for the information here , I really do apreciate it. I have cleaned my 61 as you recommend , now writes great.

    Comment by chris murray | July 26, 2011 | Reply

  12. Parker 61 Flighter (brushed silver) Fountain Pen and Pencil Set (brushed silver).

    The Fountain Pen has the capillary filler and the Mechanical Pencil is the twist/retractable kind model.

    They are in the original box (white top with grey bottom) and are in New condition as they have never been used or handled. The pencil has its’ original eraser and lead, with extra leads still in the barrel.

    They still have the price tags on them (the pen has a silver “61” round label and the Instruction Book is in the box, underneath its’ lining

    I believe the set is c1960-61?

    Does anyone know the value of this set or what I should price the set to sell them?

    Comment by DV | August 11, 2011 | Reply

  13. Hi, I have Rainbow capped Parker 61 in vista blue turquise. I’ve hd it for nearly years and surprise, surprise, Ive lost the gold arrow on the section.
    Has anyone any suggestions on how to get it repaired?

    Comment by Rodger | August 19, 2011 | Reply

  14. I have a set of square pearl and silver or gold. I’d like to sell. 1920s in a gold silk bag

    Comment by chet | September 13, 2011 | Reply

  15. Hi __ I need the front plastic part for a ‘surf green 61 __ it broke while having the nib changed __ any clue where I can get spare parts please __!!

    Comment by Derek Dunworth | November 17, 2011 | Reply

  16. Hi, I have a legacy capped P61 in black. Sadly, the tip of the hood broke off. Is my only recourse to salvage the remaining parts and find another P61 to replace it?

    Comment by richard | December 7, 2011 | Reply

  17. Hello,

    My father was so fond of his Parker 61 and this pen has a gold cap complete with the original box. I would dearly like to recommision this pen for my own use. How should I go about this? I would also be happy to pay someone to overhaul the pen. Has anyone suggestions. I live in Thailand but that doesn’t really matter I doubt I will find a good pen expert locally. Thanks in advance.

    Comment by Roger Payne | December 24, 2011 | Reply

  18. [IMG]http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z269/rhubarb_photos/2012-01-13183339.jpg[/IMG]

    Just found a 61 in my cupboard – I just wondered how to get the ink barrel off so I can flush it through? It seems to be stuck fast.

    Is there any advice you can give me regarding giving it a service?

    Comment by Lynne Smith | January 13, 2012 | Reply

  19. I have just purchased a gold Parker 61 3 piece pen set including pencil, ball point pen and fountain pen. After reading your comments my fountain pen writes lovely. Thank you for your web site! Oh do you know how to get the mechanical pencil to work?

    Comment by karen crighton | February 4, 2012 | Reply

  20. Oh just thought of something else! My fountain pen has a missing grey jewel at the barrel end, do you know where I can purchase a replacement? Thank you.

    Comment by karen crighton | February 4, 2012 | Reply

    • Replied back channel to the reader and I think we have solved the problems 🙂

      Comment by PKM | February 11, 2012 | Reply

  21. Gentelemen
    Could you please let me know the where I can buy a a body for a Parker 61 color tuquoise.

    Thanks in advance

    Carlos Marques .

    Comment by Carlos Marques | March 12, 2012 | Reply

  22. Lately, I have had difficulties replacing the old damaged nib for my Parker Pen 61, (bought 1969, made in USA, cartridge/converter [c/c] filler, ,black plastic wider o-ring connector, model name: MKIII custom based on Richard Binder site).
    After I unscrewed the nib section away from the connector,I then held the ink feed and tried to unscrew the collector out of the hood, but the collector was stucked inside and I could not get the old nib out, most probably due to old age from hot and humid temperature in SE Asia where I live.And even worst, I lost the ink feed in the drainage when I tried to soak the nib section in the sink. Can someone here me in respect of above:
    1..how to get the old nib out if the collector was stucked inside?
    2. where to get or to pay for an ink feed for my pen?
    3. If above 1 and 2 can’t work, I been thinking of buying a 2nd hand ugly but in good writing condition P61 of c/c filler type, then take out its collector + ink feed for replacement of those damaged ones in my P61.
    Thanks in advance for your help.
    regards, gemgemhk

    Comment by E.Chan | June 7, 2012 | Reply

  23. Just had some work done on Parker 61. Filled with ink…I think…and can’t get the ink to flow to nib and then write with it. Any ideas?

    Comment by Wyatt | July 18, 2012 | Reply

  24. your tip on cleaning the refill barrel was very helpful as i am going to try it. i have 61 for several year but never succeeded in filling the ink.

    Comment by j k agrawal | November 3, 2012 | Reply

    • Thank you for the kind comment. Let me know how it works.

      Comment by PKM | November 3, 2012 | Reply

  25. I have been using a “61” pen since 1962. For many years I did not know how to clean the pen. Years ago, I learned about the ear syringe for flushing the pen. This has made a big difference. As a daily user, I fill the pen at the end of the day; that is, I do my best to keep the capillary cell as full as possible and do not allow the pen to be unused for too many days. I use Parker Quink black. This pen requires much more care than my dependable “51.” There is just something I like about the “61.”

    Comment by Lynn Cole | January 20, 2013 | Reply

    • I love Parker 61s but it’s a pity that they are a bit ‘flighty’. I’ve had several over the years, my first one in 1965.
      The bulb/ear syringe method seems to me to be the best way of keeping in a useable condition.I also use the bulb for cleaning out other pens where the ink has dried. It’s also annoying if the inlaid arrow comes loose,
      Other than that they are one of my favourite pens.

      Comment by Rodger Bamford | January 20, 2013 | Reply

  26. I have a set of 3 gold Parker 61 pens in the original black & white polka dot box with red satin lining. Would it be possible to get a valuation on these?

    Comment by Sue Hardy | February 17, 2013 | Reply

    • I’ve owned quite a few of these pens over the years and like any vintage pens, it depends upon the model, colour and condition.
      The Rainbow capped(Heirloom) are the most desirable…and expensive. Look on E Bay to get an idea.

      Comment by Rodger Bamford | February 17, 2013 | Reply

    • A check of the last several ebay auctions for similar pens shows a range of $50 to $139. I hope this helps. PKM And Thank You for reading Fountain Pen Restoration

      Comment by PKM | February 17, 2013 | Reply

    • E-mail the following: inkpen5326@aol.com. Joel Hamilton can probably help you. If you do not hear from him right away, it is that he is attending a pen show somewhere. He is prompt to respond. Also, go to his website at www. ink-pen.com.

      Comment by Lynn Cole | February 19, 2013 | Reply

  27. I have a parker 61 with capillary filler that writes beautifully, well it did until if fell off the table and the shell broke. I have 2 choices replace or repair is there anywhere I can by a new shell? or anyone that has a 61 they are selling for parts. Has to be a capillary, the crew threads wont be compatible otherwise. If I repair, any suggestions on adhesives? Thanks
    Oh BTW Im in Australia

    Comment by Terry F | January 10, 2014 | Reply

  28. Thanks for the tip about clearing a blocked capillary filler. Have done that and am about to try refilling. You are a very valuable resource!

    Comment by Michael James MacMahon | December 22, 2015 | Reply

    • Thank you and enjoy your 61!

      Comment by PKM | February 6, 2016 | Reply


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