Parker 75 Nib Chart

(This page revised September 30, 2016)

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In late 1963, after “experimenting” for about a year with the VP (Very Personal), the George S. Parker Pen Company introduced its successor, the incomparable 75.

Fountain pen
This pen is a first-generation 75.

Adjustable nibThe ergonomic section and screw-interchangeable adjustable nib that had given the VP its name stand foremost among the features that made the 75 great. But Parker had learned some valuable lessons from the VP, most importantly that the nib unit should be easier to interchange and adjust. The VP’s nib unit has a short threaded shank; if the threads become clogged with dried ink, unscrewing the nib unit is difficult because the mating part within the pen turns with it. But if the threads are not clogged, turning the nib counterclockwise to adjust it can unscrew it instead.

Fountain pen nib and feedThe original design for the 75’s nib unit includes a long thin “spike” (my term) feed adapted from the very successful Parker 45. The nib unit is held in the pen by friction, and it simply pulls out, making swapping simple and easy for the user at home. This design also makes it easy to rotate the nib to suit the user’s preferred writing position. (Parker even included a small plastic wrench with each 75 so that the user could adjust the nib without getting inky fingers.) In the pen, the nib unit’s feed rests within the interior of a collector similar to that in a “51” or 61, except that the 75’s collector is built into the section. (I have found it difficult, more usually impossible, to remove one of these collectors; they are threaded in and secured with an adhesive that doesn’t respond to heat.) Later French-made 75s have a redesigned nib unit with an 18K nib and a large-diameter “collector” feed. Fountain pen nib and feedThis version, with its collector fins readily accessible, makes it much easier to clean a pen that has become seriously clogged. The redesigned feed is somewhat larger in diameter than the built-in collector in the original 75 design, however, and Parker reworked the exterior shape of the section to accommodate it. The revised design eliminates the triangular ergonomic design in favor of a slightly fatter circular shape. Interestingly, the circular section retains three ribbed areas reminiscent of the flattened gripping areas of the earlier section, but there is no real need to rotate the nib in the newer version to align it unless the user is uncomfortably sensitive to the locations of the ribbed areas. Shown below for comparison are the two sections; the revised version is to the right.

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Getting Down to the Nitty Gritty

Parker’s numerical nib designations, located (if present) in a recessed area on the underside of the feed, can be annoying and confusing. Not only do they make it more difficult to determine just what kind of point a particular nib has, but they are also inconsistent from pen model to pen model and, as it turns out, sometimes even within a given pen model over time. The numerical series for any given pen model may or may not have “holes” in it. For example, the series of U.S.-made 14K nibs for the Parker 75 includes nibs numbered 82 (fine Arabic) and 83 (medium Arabic). Was there a broad Arabic numbered 84? Even Parker’s records do not provide all the answers.

The table on this page includes numbers for U.S.-made 14K nibs, French-made 14K (585) nibs, and French-made 18K (750) nibs. All of the numbered 14K nibs have spike feeds. Most numbered 18K nibs have collector feeds; there do exist, however, numbered 18K nibs with spike feeds. (I know of spike-feed nibs numbered 92 and 95.) There also exist both 14K nibs and spike-feed 18K nibs that are identified by meaningful letters (F, M, etc.) rather than numbers, and they are not included here. This table may or may not be complete; if you know of any 75 nibs that I’ve missed and can add to this list, please send mail.


14K Nibs, U.S.
Description Designator  

Needle Point 61
Accountant 62
Extra Fine 63
Steno 64
Fine 65
Medium 66
Broad 67
Extra Broad 68
Fine Stub 69
Medium Stub 70
Broad Stub 71
Extra Broad Stub 72
Stub Thin Music 73
Medium Oblique 75
Broad Oblique 77
Reverse Medium Oblique 79
Fine Arabic 82
Medium Arabic 83
Extra Broad Executive 88
Fine Italic 97
Heavy Italic 98

14K (585) Nibs, French
Description Designator  

Needle Point 11
Fine Oblique 32
Reverse Fine Oblique 33
Fine Italic 34
Fine Oblique Italic 15° 35
Fine Oblique Italic 30° 38
Medium Oblique 42
Reverse Medium Oblique 43
Medium Italic 44
Medium Oblique Italic 15° 45
Medium Oblique Italic 30° 48
Broad Oblique 52
Reverse Broad Oblique 53
Broad Italic 54
Broad Oblique Italic 15° 55
Broad Oblique Italic 30° 58
Extra Broad 61
Extra Broad Oblique 62
Reverse Extra Broad Oblique 63
Extra Extra Broad 71
Extra Extra Broad Oblique 72
Reverse Extra Extra Broad Oblique 73
Calligraphic Broad BI
Calligraphic Fine FI
Calligraphic Medium MI

18K (750) Nibs, French
Description Designator  

Fine Oblique Italic 74
Medium Oblique Italic 75
Broad Oblique Italic 76
Reverse Fine Oblique Italic 77
Reverse Medium Oblique Italic 78
Reverse Broad Oblique Italic 79
Needle Point 80
Extra Fine 81
Fine 82
Medium 83
Broad 84
Extra Broad 85
Extra Extra Broad 86
Fine Oblique 87
Medium Oblique 88
Broad Oblique 89
Extra Broad Oblique 91
Extra Extra Broad Oblique 92
Reverse Medium Oblique 93
Medium Italic 94
Broad Italic 95
Reverse Fine Oblique 96
Reverse Broad Oblique 97
Fine Italic 98
Calligraphic Broad BI
Calligraphic Fine FI
Calligraphic Medium MI

Notes:
  1. I have never personally seen any of the three footnoted nibs, but I have received a report from a person who has a 14K French nib that is marked BI. I have therefore added these three nibs on the assumption that if one type exists, all three exist, or at least existed at one time.

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