Size: Capped - 140mm; posted - 152mm.
The 45 was Parker's first cartridge pen in 1960. The 45 series are robust pens and good writers, laying down nice wet lines. This pen is an example of the final iteration of the 45 model. It was made in 2006 shortly before production halted altogether. It is in excellent condition and looks barely used to me with no damage at all. This pen is glossy black with a brushed steel cap. It has a black cabochon with a gold plated tassie surrounding it and a gold plated Parker arrow pocket clip. The body of the cap is made from a very delicately frosted Lustraloy. There are no noticeable scratches on the frosting, and no dings either. Around the base of the cap is the imprint which includes a date code for 2006. The barrel unscrews to allow the fitting of a standard Parker ink cartridge, or, if you prefer, you can use the original and as far as I can tell, unused ink converter. The nib is gold plated and has a medium width point.
I have fully serviced this pen. It writes very well, producing a very smooth, wet and medium width line.