Parker Sonnet Great Expectations Subtle Big Red Fine Fountain Pen Review

It has been a long time since new Parker pens have earned the respect of the pen buying community. Vintage Parker’s are highly sought after, but a down few decades for the brand has them off many people’s radar.

A couple of years ago, things started to pick back up for Parker, with the introduction of pens like the IM Premium, which was a pleasure to use. They created a beautiful pen and gave a nod to the amazing Parker Vacumatic. What’s not to like about that? It performed very well too.

Since that positive experience, I kept my eyes peeled for other interesting Parker designs, and the Parker Sonnet Great Expectations Subtle Big Red looked right up my alley, so I asked Goldspot if I could take it for a spin.

Despite thinking this was a great looking pen in pictures, I wasn’t prepared for what would arrive in the box. This is a metal barrel pen, and an awesome one at that! I guess I was thinking this was an acrylic pen for some reason, but nope. The black glossy finish is cool to the touch, with beautiful anodized red cap and section bands.

The grip is metal as well, but has a satin finish to contrast the glossy finish found on the body. I don’t know the exact finish color on the clip and finial but they are more of a nickel or pewter color as opposed to a bright chrome. The nib takes on that colorway as well, and shows off the stunning cross hatch pattern.

As much as I am in love with the look and feel of this pen, I was very nervous about the performance not living up to the hype. Thankfully, the Fine 18k nib was up to the task and writes wonderfully. If I had my way I would want a finer nib, but this is a good stock gold fine nib.

It’s not all roses with the Sonnet though. While there are many pens I will pay a premium for, Parker is asking for even more than that here. $270 is way, way too much. $150 maybe? $200 tops. There is no way I could recommend this pen over almost any gold nib Pilot, Sailor, or Lamy. Pelikan is about the only one I’ve seen that can pull off the pricing premium successfully, and this pen is no Pelikan.

Hardcore Parker fans may pay the price, but I’m not one of them. I love everything else about this pen though, so maybe if their pricing model changes (not likely) or these go on a big sale (possible) I might be interested.

(Goldspot provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)

Posted on March 14, 2016 and filed under Parker, Fountain Pens, Pen Reviews.