|hey were offered in the patterns Ecorce (basketweave) or Grain d'Orge (fine barley), either in heavy electroplated gold or silver plated. The lined Imperial was renamed Milleraies (thousand lines). Also in 1980 Parker produced a Parker "180" in a finish very similar to the Limited Edition RMS Queen Elisabeth Parker "75" pen, offered in 1977, which was given as a fountain pen/ball pen set to Parker employees that retired. The name of the employer was engraved on an oblong plate on the pens.
In 1981 Parker advertised the Heritage collection, a limited distribution collection of elite writing instruments. The Heritage Collection comprised of the Parker "75" Presidential, the Gold Parker "50", the Classic Laque and Keepsake and the Parker "180" laque. The Parker "180" was offered in the three solid laque colors of Blue, Red, Green and the brown Thuya. The Fountain pen cost $100, the Roller Ball, Ball pen and Pencil $75, respectively.
he 1982 Laque range included Ecaille (brown and black, aka tortoise), Jasper (red and black), Malachite (green and black), Thuya (dark brown and black, aka woodgrain) and Lapis Lazuli (white specks on blue). The gold plated versions of the Place Vendôme collection was enhanced with Damier (moiré) and Guirlande, in addition to the Milleraies, Ecorce and Grain d'Orge, while the silver plated line consisted of the Ecorce, Milleraies, Grain d'Orge and Damier, with chromium plated trim.
The original Laque collection was discontinued in 1983 replaced by cheaper more soliod colours of green, blue, red and Matte black. Even though the Parker "180" was quite popular they were also expensive pens, so the same year Parker re-vamped the entire line and exchanged the 14 K gold nib with at steel version.
oing one step further Parker decided in 1986 to incorporate Parker "180" into the Classic line that had been around in different forms since the late 1960's. The nib and ink feed was slightly redesigned and the easiest way to tell the Parker "180" and Classic apart is by the nib of the Classic that has a black collar, while the Parker "180" has a stainless steel bar on one side and a plastic feed underneath.
The Parker "180" has recieved an unjust reputation of being unwilling writers. This is not true. They perform very well and are excellent writers. They are however very slim and although not specifically made for women, some large-handed writers might find them a tad too slender. The gold nibbed versions are top of the line pens that are very collectible. They were made in both France and UK and also in the US, so there are many variants, prototype and test runs out there, like the bark finish Guilloché and the twisted cable finish Torsade.