National Geographic : 1961 Dec
The Parker International Flighter remarkably long-winded This is one gift that is designed to last as long as the sentiment behind it. It would be downright insulting to call this a "hball point." It's a precisely engineered writ ing instrument. It doesn't even look like a ballpoint. The barrel sparkles like fine old silver, but it's made of a much more practical material-Lustraloy (our own tarnish proof steel alloy). The clip is a gleaming electroplated gold arrow. There is a grace note of electroplated gold in the two slender hands directly under the famous Parker trademark. But handsome is as handsome does. The Parker International Flighter writes beautifully without bearing down, and it's remarkably long-winded. In one of our regular tests, a sample "Flighter" we pulled off the assembly line wrote up to 100,000 words before we gave up trying to write it dry. Any one you pick at ran dom off your dealer's counter should last you well over two years with only one or two refills. One reason for this kind of longevity is the stainless steel socket the ball rides in. Stainless steel keeps its shape almost 1 PARKER-Maker of the indefinitely so the ball doesn't get stuck and start writing broken English. It spins like a dervish, putting down a clean decisive line every time. The ball, inci dentally, is textured to hold the paper like a good tire holds the road. If you'd like somebody to remember your thoughtfulness for a good, long time-give the Parker International Flighter ball pen $5 (matching mechan ical pencil also $5). Other fine Parker ball pens: The International Insignia $8.75 in gold electroplate; The Parker Princess, exquisitely feminine, $5 to $10; matching ball pens for Parker fountain pens $2.15 to $75. World's most wanted pens Copyright 1961 1 lie. tAKI I'' LAIRMIRAE N i, Janesvlllc, Wisconsin, U. S. A.