Parker has been making inks for some 60+ years. The current standard bottle is 57 ml in a well-styled bottle (it is taller than wide). The bottles are made for Parker, as the company name is on the bottle in raised letteting. Parker ink is made in France. It is considered by many as an everyday working ink. You just use it.
The three colours availble in North America are: Blue, Black and Blue-Black
No longer available, but for the almost seven years that it was was available, I must say I really liked this ink.
It was available in Sapphire Blue, Emerald Green, Mocha Brown, Black and Ruby.
The inks were discontinued in 2000. A much acclaimed product when released in 1993.
Leighton Davies-Smith, an ink chemist with Parker, talked about the development of the Penman line of inks in a article published in Pen World. Davies-Smith said the ink took more than two years to develop the ink. Parker was aiming at producing an ink that would be quick drying on paper but slow drying on the nib to enhance a smooth writing experience. The bottled ink came from England and the cartridges came from France. The distinctive ink bottles were designed by Lansdown Conquest, design agency based in London.
I regularly receive e-mails asking about where these inks can still be obtained. The ink is discontinued. Many of the pen discussion boards had strong feelings expressed about this ink. Comments range from staining, clogging to just perfect!