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Cheaper shipped to Australia from the MrPen site unfortunately.
Oh my, clerical purple? Be still my heart. And stop trying to creep out of my pocket, wallet!

Also, FWIW, total with shipping to the US from Mr Pen directly, for the Clerical Purple version, with a steel nib, $54.84 with today's exchange rates.

With the gold nib: $115.74 w/ shipping to US on MassDrop; $131.26 w/ shipping to US from Mr Pen.

Draw your own conclusions.
Received mine yesterday - way to go shipping ahead of schedule Massdrop!
Very handsome pen. However I must emphasize that this pen MUST be flushed thoroughly before use. I tried inking it up at first but the flow was inconsistent and skipped a lot. I think there is probably residue from the grinding process beteen the tines or in the feed. After a few flushes it works great. The cursive fine seems to be a great letter writing pen! Would not use it to take notes with though ;)

EDIT: Also, you get better results with a lubricated ink like Noodler's Eel Black. Remember, italic nibs have a "sweet spot" phenomenon and are not that forgiving if you turn the nib while writing.
AtlantaTom
FYI - a comparison of cursive fine nib vs. regular fine nibs (sorry for the crappy cell phone photo)...


write great, but I have ink starvation problem... Try to tinker with it a bit but no luck. Maybe I am being overcautious ?
This is a great value for money pen, and I can't recommend it highly enough.
But the price here on MD doesn't make sense. The pen currently costs $47 at MrPen (where I ordered it a few months ago, for the same price) which is lower than the MD price, and without the wait...
edave
Shipping isn't way more on the MrPen site, though.
This pen was worth every penny. Can't say that about too many from my collection.
Hey Guys. I also love the Parsons Essential and now have 4 in differing grinds. Have even repaired a stub for a guy who took a
razor blade to it in an attempt to get it to write wetter....lol...in my messing with these pens I've stumbled on the fact The nib unit can be unscrewed and removed from the pen just like a pelikan. Also, Edison Nib Units are a perfect fit. I now have one with an Edison Stub and it is one of my favorite writers.
A custom-grind Parson's Essential should be on every fountain pen user's path of discovery.
This pen stands alone as the next step after a Safari, Metropolitan or similar intro.
Or, in other words, this is the answer to:
What do I get next?
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Hi Penstruck,

My cost for the Parsons Essential on Massdrop was $58.74 with shipping.
writerstephen
Thank you!
Such a nice pen, need more "requests" in here.
This drop makes a lot of sense if you want the gold nib: $115 on MD v. $157 (with shipping) on Mr Pen.

If you want the steel nib, not so much. Difference is pennies, with a MassDrop wait.
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I'm very sorry, I simply don't know anything about drawing pens. Perhaps someone else in the community can help.
If I'm stating the obvious, apologies, but have you tried searching or asking around in The Fountain Pen Network message board site? I'm not a member, but I go there all the time for fountain pen information. I don't know what kind of nib the Osmiroids had, but I do know you can get numerous nib grinds (like the ones shown here as options) on lots of fountain pens, be it steel or gold. (Although you sometimes need to pay more money to have the store do so.)
New here so be gentle. Very interested in the Parson's Essential pen. Reviews here in the U.S. have been very favorable. Here I was all set to purchase one. Alas, not available. I hope soon!
scripscan
Hello,

If you don't want to wait for Massdrop to offer this particular model again, you can go to mrpen.co.uk and order direct. Prices are comparable, and shipping much faster (even though the pen will be shipping from the UK). Having said that, Massdrop seems to like Italix products and will, like as not, be repeating this drop fairly soon. To help the chance along, click the blue "REQUEST" button to the right of your screen (if you haven't already done so).

As for the pen itself, it's a good one. I have a reverse oblique grind myself (for left-handed writers) and it's one of my favorite pens. Though if I had it to do over, i would probably just get the standard medium nib (or the 14k gold one; it's still a deal). Barrel colors are quite attractive, and it's a very smooth writer and well-behaved pen overall.
scripscan
Go to mrpen.com and order directly from them. It will most likely be cheaper and arrive within a week. They are very nice folks.
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