I was a long time coming for me, mainly being averse to the look of the thing and that they're pricey for a vintage pen. Then a reasonably priced one came up so I jumped on it to see what all the hype was all about. (FYI careful using the word "hype" and Parker 51 in the same sentence. The diehard 51 people get all up in arms.) It turned out it was a really great sturdy pen that had heft and a real feel of quality about it. Previously, the 45 was the closest I got and that has an entirely different feel about it. I've grown accustomed to the look of it.uncircumcised pens...wow! Almost sprayed coffee all over my monitor. Reminds me of Mel Brooks. RIP Mel!
Anyway, yeah the Parker 51. I guess a lot of the things I was praising the 2000 for would also apply to the 51. Unassuming, professional, iconic design, and all that. Another nice "modern" design, if I do say so myself.