Parker 5th Mode PK IM Premium CT Gunmetal
Brilliant Pen, But...
Parker's execution of the Fifth Mode Pen series is nothing short of brilliant. The PK IM in Gunmetal is stunning, the finish is first class, but the function falls short of five stars, in that the Fifth Mode is little more than a fancy fiber-tip pen in a glamorous package. Even so, this pen would be a sure "keeper" but for the fact that the refills are expensive. It is interesting to note that the Fifth Mode refills appear to be made by the same company as Levenger's roller ball refills; the case size and markings are identical. However, where two roller ball refills cost $9.00, a single Fifth Mode refill costs $8.00. An internet search discloses that Levenger's price for the Fifth Mode refills cannot be bettered by anyone else. Therefore, I would recommend this pen to others, so long as they understand that its refills are somewhat pricey, and it is, in reality, a fiber-tip pen.
February 9, 2013