UK Maxima Duofold, OB nib, circa 1958

This UK Parker Maxima Duofold (referred to earlier here) is well-travelled. From the UK it’d made its way to Sofia, Bulgaria, from where it was sold to me on eBay decades after it’d left Newhaven. At some point the pen suffered heavy brassing and a nasty drop – the tip of the nib was crumpled. So from Sofia to Singapore, then to the DC Supershow this year, where Richard Binder worked his magic. I was astonished to discover that the nib was an Oblique Broad. Usually I don’t enjoy using obliques but this one is a pleasant exception, again thanks to Binder.

The stiff Arrow nib harks back to the Vacumatic, while the aerometric filler and external design are inspired by the “51”.

The UK Duofolds are not particularly exciting pens — they were made only in black, blue, green and red plastics — but I like the Maxima’s size and commensurately large 14K nib. Moreover, this one’s colour is very close to British Racing Green. Apt, I think.

From top to bottom: a UK-made “51” Signet (circa. 1956), a Parker “Big Red” Duofold (1926) and the Maxima. Come to think of it Binder’s worked on all of them.


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