When he sees its rich Pompeian brown body and jet black trim - its heavy gold nib and gold Parker clip - when he writes with it, no other pen will do." The Parker Duofold logo at the bottom is tagged with "Patrician of Pens."The Duofold story for the next nine years is one of almost continuous improvement, design change, and model introduction.Almost every year saw additions to the line, new colors available, and in the design of the models.First, though, a note about Parker nomenclature: Parker was hardly consistent in color and model names in advertisements and catalogs.The same pen is called "Duofold", "Duofold Senior", "Duofold Oversize", and "Duofold Over-size" not only in the same year, but sometimes in the same document!Parker also warranted the pen for 25 years, positioning it as the price and quality leader.Brown." Parker also tested black, as there was some resistance to the new bright orange pens by the test market dealers.
The first Duofold pen had no cap band and a very large imprint, very similar to the "Lucky Curve" imprint on the precursor and nearly identical black Jack Knife Safety pen with the addition of the "Duofold" name above in bold block letters.The same is true for colors, with "Chinese Red", "Chinese Lacquer Red", and "Black Tipped Lacquer Red" all for the orange color and "Black", "Flashing Black", and "Jet" all for black.The best thing to do is not getting hung up too much on precision.Five nibs were offered in the line: extra fine, fine, medium, broad, and stub.Parker Duofold De Luxe - Wide 14 karat solid gold cap band (about 3/8 inches and extending to the cap lip) - US .00 Parker Duofold De Luxe - Wide heavy rolled gold band (about 3/8 inches and extending to the cap lip) - US .00 Parker Duofold - Standard "Over-size" model with no cap band - US .00Parker Duofold Jr.The largest Duofold was now called the "Oversize" or "Over-size" model.The Jr., though smaller, feels like a larger pen in the hand, being 4 5/8 inches long capped and 5 3/4 posted, and having pretty substantial girth.Parker also added a "De Luxe" version of the Over-size and Jr.model with a wide cap band of about 3/8 inches and extending to the cap lip.Please note that pen measurements given are not intended to be exact.Duofolds will have some variation in length due to the amount of hand work in manufacture.