National Geographic : 1974 Jun
If they're identical"under the hood" why make two? For the same reason Rolls-Royce makes Bentley. A Bentley differs from a Rolls-Royce only in its grille design. A modicum less in price, the Bentley is for people who like to go first class in a quiet way. Above, you see the Parker 75 Ball Pen (in back) and the Parker 75 Classic Ball Pen. In solid sterling silver, the former costs $15, the latter $12. Obviously their differences are slight. The 75 Ball Pen has a greater girth in hand, and a cap-actuated point. (An easy pressure extends the point for use or retracts it into its gleaming sheath.) It has a high clip for trim, pocket-level appearance. The 75 Classic is a somewhat leaner breed, precise in the hand, with a point that's pushbutton-controlled. Beneath their elegant exteriors however, both mount the same durable engine: a microscopically textured tungsten-carbide ball, seated in stainless steel, linked to an ink supply that writes better months longer than the ordinary ballpoint. Each pen puts down the same clean, crisp track seemingly without effort. And each skims across the page like some Grand Prix racer. Naturally each is guaranteed. If either fails to perform due to defects, we will repair or replace it-no charge. Which one should you give as a gift? Happily, there is no wrong decision, People who appreciate the important nuances own both. Which one should you select for yourself? It's all a matter of personal taste. PARKER World's most wanted pens The Parker 75 Ball Pen is available in sterling silver, 14K gold-fill, vermeil or brushed stainless steel.The Parker75 Classic Ball Pen is available in sterling silver, 22K gold electroplate, vermeil or brushed stainless steel. Matching Pencils. Engraving areas will accommodate full monogram.