I got a matte black Parker Frontier in the mail this morning and I can’t help but feel a distinct sense of deja vu when I saw it. It kind of reminded me of the Parker Sonnet I got a few weeks back. So I decided to take side by side photos of the pens to check out their similarities and differences.
Note: Pardon the oily finger prints on the barrel, I was snacking on some cheese when I took these photos, haha.
Parker Sonnet’s at the top of the photo and the Frontier is at the bottom. Eeeeh, sorry for the greasy fingerprints. 😦 Anyway, They’re about the same length, I would say. The Sonnet is a lot more svelte, though. it also has an almost uniform width around the entire barrel. The Frontier, on the other hand, looks to be a bit chubbier and has a slight bulge around the middle of the barrel. The trims are also wider and more obvious with the Sonnet.
When you hold them, the Sonnet feels heavier and more substantial. It’s really better-balanced than the Frontier. The Sonnet also posts, while the Frontier doesn’t.
The caps look similar, though I prefer the clip holder design of the Frontier over the Sonnet.
Both pens have a slim cigar shape, though the Frontier (left) has a continuous, smooth barrel.
Here are the nibs.Parker Sonnet has a 14k gold nib while the Frontier has a humbler, stainless steel nib. The Sonnet’s nib is a lot springier, of course. The Frontier’s nib is hard and firm. Both are really good writers, though. They’re both very smooth and wet, really generous with the ink flow.
They do look similar, at first glance, but the details on them are quite different.