As anyone who knows me in real life will know, I love writing things down. I love handwritten lists and action plans. I often jot down notes for blog posts in a notebook before sitting down and typing them up. I’m one of those people that nearly always has a notebook on them and it’s full of everything from what I need to buy the next time I’m in town, through to my travel bucket list. I’m also a huge fan of handwritten letters and cards. I may not have the time to write as many of them as I’d like to, but there’s something special about sending and receiving things in the post and a handwritten letter just seems so much more personal than an email or Facebook status update.
When Pen Heaven got in touch asking if I’d like to try out the new Parker IM pen I jumped at the chance. I remember Parker pens from when I was at school, learning joined up handwriting for the first time. Their classic fountains pen was what our teachers recommended and I seem to recall that one year it was THE pen that all of us in my class asked for for our birthdays. Having a July birthday I was pretty much the last child in the class to get one – but finally that coveted Parker pen was mine.
I still love using a fountain pen to write with – especially when it comes to letters – so I was quite excited when I received this beautifully packaged IM pen in the post. Now, Parker have rebranded the IM pen in a modern way, with some new and unique textures and a variety of colours. I was sent the Parker IM Light Blue Grey Chrome Trim Fountain Pen which they also engraved with my name – no chance of anything trying to steal this pen from me!
The IM pen has a lovely weight to it, making it feel just right in your hand when you’re writing with it. Some fountain pens can feel too heavy, or even unbalanced, but not this one. The stainless steel medium sized nib helped the ink glide across the page as I was writing and the whole writing process just seemed to flow with the pen in my hand. Even if I was a tad unsure as to exactly what year we’re in…
As I’ve mentioned, the pen now comes in a plethora of colours – the purple being a favourite of mine – yet the pens have kept the iconic Parker arrow on the clip. The range covers fountain, ballpoint and rollerball options and Pen Heaven also offer optional in-house engraving too. Prices start from just £15.90 (the fountain pen variant I reviewed is priced at £27.90 plus engraving) and there are special edition gift sets also available.
Pens make perfect gifts for anyone who loves the simple art of handwriting, and a pen from the revamped Parker IM range would make the perfect addition to any pen collection.
Disclaimer: I was sent a Parker IM pen for the purposes of this review. All opinions remain my own.