In honor of the introduction of the Parker Duofold 100 years ago in 1921, three versions were made, each in a color that goes back to the beginning.
Technically not a Duofold, the Black No. 26 model safety pen provided the blue print for the first Parker Duofold. Lewis Tebbel, a district sales manager persuaded a machinist in the factory to take some out-of-date rubber and make him a red version of it.
After the success of the ‘Big Red’ Duofold launch in 1921, the Black No. 26 model safety pen had ‘Duofold’ imprinted on it and the rest is history, the black version remained in the assortment permanently.