This is the second pen to be known as the 15, the previous one being a much earlier black hard rubber effort. The initial few years of its existence were limited to French production, where it appeared with a pierce-work clip and went by the name “Mixy”. It is also associated Parker’s Jotter, and will occasionally appear under that name; I forebear using that name here to avoid this pen being mistaken for the button-actuated ballpoint which Parker has been making since 1954. While never intended as anything grander than a student pen (although a more generally appealing one than the 25), it doesn’t want for anything in looks nor performance. It is, however, somewhat on the small side, so people with large hands may find it unappealing.
At about the turn of the century, the association with the Jotter was strengthened, to the point that the pen ceased to be referred to otherwise. There was a re-design in 2018, which put a trim ring on the front of the section and a fairly ugly set of three chevrons in place of the fletching on the clip.
Production Run: 1979 – Present.
Cost when new: Initially $7.50 (for modern value, try this calculator); I don’t have price lists for the full run, but I expect it stayed at about that value throughout. MSRP in 2018 is $29.
Size: 12.1 cm long capped, 13.8 cm posted, 11.2 cm capless (the Mixy I have is about 0.2 cm longer in the barrel).
Point: Steel, some models gold plated.
Body: Metal; steel and brass.
Filler: Cartridge, capacity approx. 1.2 ml. Some more slender Parker converters will fit.
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