Parker 51 Vacumatic Blue Cedar B

This is a rare, 1946 Blue Diamond Parker 51 Vacumatic in Blue Cedar with a 14k gold Broad nib and a stainless steel "Jeweler's Band" cap with a nickel-plated clip. The pen has been restored, which included a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle hand polish.

Parker 51 Vacumatic with a Broad nib

This is a beautiful and rare Parker 51 Vac. The cap, which typically did not hold up well to daily use, is in excellent condition, but the star of the show is the extremely scarce Broad nib. Most pens made before 1960 came with extra-fine or fine nibs. A medium nib is fairly rare, but a broad nib is extremely rare. The nib is a delight to use. It's smooth but confident, juicy but controlled. It will give you a beautiful line without a trace of hesitation. The tipping material is ample, and of perfect geometry, yet you feel connected to the page at all times, in a way that only a vintage nib is capable of.

It seems that a lot of fountain pen enthusiasts, myself included, love smooth nibs. It's an important reason why we prefer fountain pens over ballpoints. The sensation of a smooth nib gliding across the page is priceless. But how do you know if your nib is sufficiently smooth? Have you ever been tempted to make your nib even smoother? It's your nib, only you know if it's smooth enough, and you're free to make it smoother. But before you reach for that Mylar sheet, there are a few things to consider.

Smoothness is all about perception, and perception is a curious beast. A common theory is that our brain "stores" a bunch of exemplars of previously perceived sensations. When we experience a cue, the brain attempts to map that experience onto its set of exemplars, comparing and contrasting, at warp speed, to arrive at a verdict, such as "is this nib smooth enough?" The problem is, this mapping process is inherently fuzzy, and our perception fluid.

Provided the tines are aligned properly, it's perfectly normal for us to feel a nib's varying degrees of smoothness as we continue to use it. Perhaps you're writing on a flat sheet, or on a fat Traveler's notebook. Or maybe you've just had an espresso. Your hand might feel sweaty, or dry. Or perhaps the air is less humid than it was an hour ago. Perhaps you're tired and slouching over the paper more. I could go on, but you get the picture. The perception of smoothness is in constant flux. You can keep polishing your expensive nib on a pad of Micro-Mesh until you hinder ink flow, or, worse, damage the nib, and it might still not feel smooth enough. An experienced nib mesiter will be able to tell if a nib is smooth enough by visual inspection, followed by a quick test on paper, under controlled conditions. But, most of us are not nib meisters, our subjective perception of smoothness inherently inexact. So, don't worry about smoothness too much. Your brain will thank you for it, and your enjoyment of fountain pens will improve.

The pen is priced at $189. Please, contact me if you're interested in ordering it. Thanks!

Parker Vacumatic Major Golden Pearl

(sold) This is a vintage Blue Diamond Parker Vacumatic Major with a two-tone Fine nib. The pen has been restored, which included a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle hand polish.

Blue Diamond Parker Vacumatic in Golden Pearl with a two-tone 14k Fine nib

The Golden Pearl Vacumatic is perhaps the most recognizable model of the famous Parker design. The Blue Diamond indicated lifetime warranty, which Parker had respected and heavily promoted in its advertising campaigns, until the company was forced by the US Government to rescind the warranty program. What's important for us today, is that Blue Diamond Vacumatics are typically nicer pens, with larger, higher-quality nibs, and they hold more value among collectors.

The nib is a gorgeous, 14k gold, two-tone nib (platinum masked) that writes a true-to-size Fine line. It has ample tipping material, and of excellent geometry. Parker Vacumatic nibs are unique in how they feel on paper. While most major brand vintage gold nibs feel soft, the Vacumatic nibs are softer still. It's not in terms of flexibility, but, rather, in the nib's ability to smooth out the perception of roughness in the paper, in making the nib feel more connected to the paper in a satisfying manner, one that only a well-tuned vintage fountain pen can provide. The nib writes under very light pressure, but if you want to press a little harder, it will take it, increasing line width and ink flow intensity a bit, giving you a hint of line variation. However, I'd caution against bearing down on the nib too hard, as you are likely to spring it.

Cosmetically, the Golden Pearl celluloid is simply beautiful. It's gleaming, shimmering, full of chatoyancy in ways that only celluloid can. There are no flaws or defects, only faint surface wear. The gold-filled trim is in equally good condition. By the way, the phrase comes from an old penmanship book.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac 1250

This is a Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac-filler 1250 fountain pen in Black with a 14k two-tone F nib. The pen has been restored, which included a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle hand polish.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac 1250, F

My customers often ask me for a larger pen. Why is it that the vast majority of vintage pens (say, made before 1950) are small and slender? I think the most important reason is the desire on the part of pen makers to conform to the penmanship requirements of the period. Until the late 1950s, most schools in the US taught a style of handwriting known as a "business cursive." Such a style called for a very specific grip, and, more importantly, the use of a very light touch. Sheaffer made sure that most of its pens were suitable for such penmanship, and often advertised the fact that their pens wrote under the lightest of pressures and that they fit the hand like a glove. Today, we learn to write with a ballpoint pen, which requires a heavy hand. As a result, a great many pens made today are significantly larger and heavier than their vintage counterparts. But there's also an economic reason. Larger pens are easier to market as luxury goods and they provide a bigger canvas for ornamentation. The market is full of oversize pens that resemble works of art more than writing instruments.

When a customer asks for a larger pen, I often have to disappoint them, but not today. This particular pen is one of the largest pens that Sheaffer made in the 1940s. It measures 5.25" capped and is about 0.48" in barrel diameter, which puts the pen in the vicinity of popular modern pens, such as Aurora Optima, Sailor 1911 Large, and Montblanc LeGrand.

In my restoration work, I pay special attention to the features that enhance a pen's utility as a superb writing instrument; the nib and feed system among them. This particular nib writes beautifully. It has the "standard" Sheaffer tipping geometry and width of the period (between a modern Western XF and F). It writes a somewhat wet line, so you can experience its smoothness and effortless performance. It never skips, hard-starts, or skids out of control. It grabs on to the surface of the paper, and won't let go until you're ready to put the pen down. Simply put, it's a pleasure to use. Cosmetically, the pen is in excellent shape, with only very faint surface wear, but no flaws or defects of any kind. The gold-filled trim is in equally great shape.

The pen is priced at $149. If you're interested in ordering it, or learning more about it, please contact me. Thanks!

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Filler

This is a 1943 Sheaffer Triumph Vacuum filler fountain pen in striated Golden Brown celluloid, with a Fine nib. The pen has been restored, which included a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filing mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle hand polish.

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Sheaffer's advertising strategy for the Triumph nib was very simple - "This is the time to write" - and quite justifiably so. Yes, this was a very advanced pen in terms of design, materials, manufacturing precision, but it was all about the new nib. The Triumph nib was the ultimate writer's nib. Based on the rocker principle, the nib has a slightly upturned tip, which results in an extremely smooth writing sensation, virtually regardless of one's grip, angle, or rotation. The rocker principle is used broadly, from children's toys to sophisticated mechanical components, and it really makes this nib sing. Additionally, the nib has a supplemental writing surface. Flip the nib upside down for a hairline, which comes in handy in a lot of writing tasks. A fantastic nib!

The pen writes beautifully, the nib comes in Sheaffer's "normal" nib width, which is between today's XF and F. A very pleasant writer, with confident, consistent flow. I tuned it a touch above average, so you can get that coveted gliding sensation, but without flooding the page with ink. The tipping material is of perfect geometry and tells me that the pen had not been used much in the past.

Cosmetically, the pen is in good condition. There's excellent transparency in the barrel, so you can watch the pen fill and gauge ink level with ease. No flaws or defects, just minor surface wear. However, there's a slight deformation of the material toward the back end. Sometimes, celluloid will shrink over decades, if the pen is stored in adverse conditions, such as heat and humidity. The deformation does not influence the pen's function, but it's there, so I must mention it.

Because of the issue with the material, I am offering the pen at a 20% discount, which comes down to a very attractive price of $99 plus shipping. Please, contact me via email or Instagram DM. Thank you!

Parker Duofold Vacumatic Senior XXF

(sold) I receive a lot of requests for certain rare items. Perhaps the most common request I get is for a needlepoint nib. It turns out, a lot of fountain pen fans love such nibs, and they are in short supply. As far as modern pens go, you can order a Japanese XF nib, or you have have a Western nib ground to a needlepoint by a nib meister. In the vintage world, XXF nibs did exist on US-made pens, and they were typically called "Accountant" nibs. The pen I am showing here is comes with one of such nibs.

Parker Duofold Senior with a Vacumatic filler

The Parker Duofold Senior with a Vacumatic filler, in Green and Gold "striped" celluloid was a flagship of the Parker catalog in the 1940s. A beautiful pen! The barrel has excellent transparency, so you can watch the pen fill, and you can accurately gauge remaining ink level. The pen has been restored, which included a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle hand polish. This is a fairly large pen, measuring about 5.4" capped, quite substantial compared to most vintage pens of the era.

Cosmetically, the pen is in excellent condition. Clearly, it had been used very little in the past. It will be difficult to find another specimen of this model in such good condition. The celluloid is gleaming, rich, and vibrant. The gold-filled trim, equally excellent.

Functionally, the pen is a dream to use! I use the best current practices in pen restoration and always use the best replacement components. The filler works efficiently and holds a lot of ink (about 1.7 ml, three times as much as a cartridge). The nib is fabulous. Parker often advertised the Duofold as having "pressureless touch" and this pen epitomizes that claim. The nib writes at the lightest of pressures, grabbing on to the surface of the paper, and laying down a self-confident, consistent line. The nib is smooth, testament to Parker's nib grinding genius. I made sure it is tuned as well as it was when it left the factory, setting ink flow at a touch above average in wetness, so you can fully take advantage of the hairline the pen writes. It would be ideal for business cursive, or Spencerian handwriting, minus the shading. The nib has some give, being 14k gold, but it's not a flexible nib. Finally, it's a huge, beautiful nib, and it's in perfect condition.

The pen is priced at $190 plus shipping. Please, contact me by email or Instagram DM, if you're interested. Thanks!

Parker Vacumatic Azure Blue Pearl F

Here's the classic, 1946, Parker Vacumatic in gorgeous Azure Blue Pearl celluloid, with a 14k Fine nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle hand polish. This is a standard-size Major model, with a plastic plunger, measuring around 5 3/32" capped, with a barrel diameter of 0.48".

Parker Vacumatic in Azure Blue Pearl

There are three features of this pen that make it instantly recognizable as a classic Parker Vac. First of all, the alternating rings celluloid, with very nice transparency, so you can watch the pen fill, gauge your remaining ink level. The celluloid is rich, deep, and vibrant. It's a material recently resurrected by Visconti, who, it appears, found a limited quantity of old celluloid in a warehouse in Italy. The red hues you see in the barrel result from the transparency in the material, showing the warm color of the background. Next, we have the classic arrow clip, which has since become synonymous with Parker. Finally, the plunger filling mechanism, a Parker patent (based on Arthur O. Dahlberg's work), cleverly disguised by a blind cap, so as not to disturb the graceful lines of the pen.

The pen is in excellent condition, cosmetically, with only very faint surface wear, but no damage to the celluloid or the gold-filled trim. Functionally, the pen is in a condition as close to factory as possible. The filling mechanism operates smoothly, efficiently, and is really fun to use. The nib writes a true-to-size Fine line, and I tuned it to write a bit above average in wetness. Parker 14k nibs of that era are excellent. They're the result of two decades worth of R&D, and are among the best vintage nibs available. The nib feels soft on paper, it glides effortlessly across the page, having a really nice, springy feel. It writes at the lightest of pressures, but you can press a bit harder to get just a hint of flex. It's just a hint, it's not a flexible nib, but it makes a big difference in one's enjoyment of it. A fantastic writer!

The pen is priced at $149. Please, contact me if you're interested, either via email or Instagram DM. Thanks!

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Gray Pearl XF

(SOLD) This is a vintage Sheaffer Triumph Vac-filler Fountain Pen in Gray Pearl celluloid, with chrome-plated trim, and with a 14k gold Triumph XF nib. The pen has been restored, which included a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle hand polish.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac-filler with an XF nib

The quote comes from the Sheaffer Chairman, who, in 1942 was praising the Triumph nib, as the company's greatest achievement and a quality standard by which all other fountain pens should be measured. This particular Triumph nib writes an extra fine line that is beautiful and consistent. Ink flow has been set at a touch above average in wetness, so that you can further take advantage of the smooth, extra-fine line. The nib has an extra writing surface, if you flip it upside down, it will write a needlepoint line (a true hairline), without losing flow or smoothness. No modern nib can perform this way.

The vacuum filling mechanism is efficient, quick, and fun to use! It works perfectly, as it has been restored according to current best practices and with of high-quality replacement parts. The pen holds a lot of ink, more than most modern piston-fillers.

Cosmetically, the pen is in very good shape. The celluloid is rich and vibrant, and there's nice transparency in the barrel. You can see the pen fill (very cool!) and you can accurately gauge remaining ink level. There are no flaws or defects. The chrome plating, typically, did no wear very well in pens of the period, but this one is in quite a nice shape, better than most.

A beautiful example of this classic Sheaffer 1942 fountain pen, and now it can be yours. The pen is priced at $129. Please, contact me if you're interested in ordering it. Thanks!

Parker 51 Vacumatic in Dove Gray M nib

(sold) Parker 51 was conceived of as a Vacumatic filler, and its production continued until the end of 1948. The pen I am showing here today is a late 1948 Parker Vacumatic in Dove Gray, with a 14k Medium nib, a stainless steel cap, and a gold-filled clip. This is one of the most recognizable pens of the 1940s, a truly iconic pen, particularly in this color scheme, and one of the most loved and reliable pens ever made.

The pen is in excellent cosmetic condition, without any flaws or defects. The gray body is smooth, the color rich and vibrant (as far as a gray can be).  The cap is dent-free, in excellent condition, as is the gold-filled trim.

Functionally, the pen works as well as it did when it left the factory. The Vacumatic filling mechanism was restored according the the best practices and with highest-quality available replacement parts. It fills efficiently and holds a lot of ink.

The star of the show is the 14k Medium nib. Medium nibs were rather rare on the Vacumatic 51, as the predominant handwriting style of the era (e.g., the Palmer Method) required an extra-fine nib. Pen makers made the vast majority of their pens with an XF or F nib, so it's a real treat to have a Vac with a fatter, Medium nib. The nib is smooth and writes a luscious, generous line that is as beautiful as it is consistent. The nib's smoothness does not impede its writing ability, so the nib is free from hard-starts, skipping, or skidding. If you enjoy colorful, shading inks, this pen is for you!

Parker 51 Vacumatic in Dove Gray with a Medium nib (1948)

Parker Vacumatic Burgundy Celluloid F

The Parker Vacumatic I am showing here was made in 1936. In the US, the major pen companies were thriving, with some incredible technological innovations being patented almost every month. The Vacumatic filling mechanism was perhaps the most important achievement in the fountain pen industry at the time. Parker refused to put any contraptions on the pen body (e.g., a level) so as not to disturb the graceful lines of a well-designed pen. However, coming up with an improvement over the aging button filling system was a challenge. The Lockdown Vacumatic mechanism you see here proved as elegant in terms of engineering, as it was utilitarian for the end-user. The button locks down to protrude slightly out of the back of the barrel, covered perfectly by a matching, threaded blind cap. The entire mechanism is made with incredible precision, it's easy to use and holds well over 2 ml of ink. The US and Europe were both enjoying incredible industrial growth, though in very different political climates. Western Europe was already feeling the threat of Nazi Germany, Eastern Europe being threatened by Stalin's communist expansion. During the 1936 summer Olympics, Jesse Owens won four gold medals to the shock and horror of the predominantly Aryan audience. Though we look at the pens of the era with understandable nostalgia, living in such a world would have been difficult. Still, such is our history, and we need to embrace it, learn from its mistakes. Using vintage pens brings us closer to appreciating and understanding that history. The pen is a Junior (4.89" capped & 0.47" barrel diameter). It is a standard girth pen, but with a slightly shorter length. Posted, it's a very comfortable writer, even for people with larger hands. A beautiful performer, with a Fine nib (closer to a modern XF) that never hesitates, never stumbles, a firm, but soft nib. The material, Burgundy celluloid, is rare among Vacumatics, and it has really nice transparency in the barrel, allowing you to gauge ink level with ease.

Parker Vacumatic Golden Pearl F

Saturday is the busiest day at the DC Pen Show. You've probably been through the show floor multiple times, and have already made a few purchases. If you're still hunting for that great vintage pen at a great price, I have a gorgeous 1946 Golden Pearl Blue Diamond Parker Vacumatic Major (5 3/32" capped), as part of my pen show discount week. I'm posting it early so you have plenty of time to think about it, ask questions. The pen has been restored and it's in great shape! It comes with a smooth, soft, Fine nib that I tuned to write a touch above average in wetness, so it will help bring out the best in your favorite inks. A restored Vac is typically a safe bet. It's an elegant pen, with dependable performance, and proven durability. The beauty of the gleaming Golden Pearl celluloid is breathtaking, in my opinion. As usual, the phrase comes from an old penmanship book.

Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant

(SOLD) In the 1950s, the US fountain pen industry was engaged in a race to perfect the fountain pen, to equip it with features that enhanced its primary function, that of the superior writing instrument. Sheaffer exploited people's aversion to the messiness of inking up their pens, and came up with perhaps the most elegant and technologically advanced filling mechanism ever made. The Snorkel delivered on its promise of "dunk free" filling, and gave its customers a pen that remains the pinnacle of fountain pen design. Yes, today, pen makers excel making their products desirable luxury items, but nobody has come close sheer utility of the Snorkel. This particular pen is a Valiant, a top-shelf model from the Snorkel line, vested with a smooth, two-surface, two-tone, 14k gold Triumph nib that sold as a Medium, though today, I'd call it a fine. The pen has been completely overhauled, restored to its original condition, and it functions as well as it did when it left the factory. Many fountain pen fans today yearn for the return of the Snorkel, but it's never going to happen. Still, you can have this pen, and enjoy it, as though it was brand-new. I hope it brings you the joy that only a great fountain pen can bring. More details, including the price and how to order,  on my website. The phrase comes from an old penmanship book. It makes little sense, other than in the context of practicing handwriting :). The price is $86, with free shipping in the US. Please, contact me by email on DM me on Instagram. Thanks!

Sheaffer Snorkel Sovereign

(SOLD) Here is a very cool Sheaffer Snorkel Sovereign with a large, smooth, two-tone 14k gold F nib. The pen has been restored, and functions perfectly. The nib is a pleasure to use, it's firm but smooth, and thanks to Sheaffer's superior engineering, it's a dependable, well-cushioned nib. Cosmetically, the pen is very good, without any flaws or defects, and only with some minor surface wear. A great deal at $59 and free shipping in the US (SOLD). Contact me or send me a DM on Instagram. Thanks!

Sheaffer "Fat" Touchdown

(SOLD) The Sheaffer Touchdown fountain pen was introduced in 1949 as a successor to the company's venerable Vacuum-Filler. It was another incredible innovation from the Iowa company, as the new filling mechanism was as easy to use, held a lot of ink, and, most importantly, was easier and less expensive to repair.

The Touchdown filling mechanism was inspired by the Chilton pneumatic filler of about twenty years earlier. Still, it was an elegantly implemented, precision manufactured system that employed a sac, but unlike previous sac-based fountain pens, the Touchdown system was much easier to operate and was significantly more efficient.

Sheaffer "Fat" Touchdown

This particular pen was made, most likely, in 1949. It is the first variant of the Touchdown series, and was replaced by the Thin Model (TM), just a few months later. As its nickname suggests, this model is larger than the TM model, and is, therefore, perfectly suitable to most people's hands today. It is also quite a bit more rare.

It is not in the best cosmetic shape, the material having deteriorated slightly over the years, probably due to improper storage, but it fills and writes beautifully. It's been restored, of course, and is ready for your favorite ink. The 14k, two-tone nib is firm, but smooth, and writes a delightful extra-fine line, so rare these days. The nib never hesitates, never skips. It reminds me in feel of modern 14k Auorora nibs, except that it is ground quite a bit finer than Aurora's XF nibs are today.

This pen is part of my DC Pen Show week special offer, and is available at a 20% discount, including free shipping in the US, and is priced at $53 (SOLD). Please, contact me, if you're interested in order.

Parker Vacumatic Major Black

(SOLD) The week before the DC Pen Show 2016, I have been offering special, discounted fountain pens for those pen lovers who aren't able to attend the show. Sometimes, at the show, if you are fortunate, you can get a really good deal on a restored vintage pen. Well, I am trying to give you a bit of that experience.

Today's DC Pen Show Special is a really nice example of the Parker Vacumatic from the 1940s in Black celluloid, available at the discounted price of $119, with free shipping in the US. The pen is really interesting, whereby the cap and the blind cap are opaque, but the barrel is translucent, in a laminated, Parker fashion. The pen is in very good condition, has been restored, which included an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle hand polish.

Parker Vacumatic Major in Black

I was also able to restore the pen's transparency, though not completely. Still, you can definitely see the filling mechanism do its magic, and you can very accurately gauge ink level. These pens hold about 1.7 ml of ink, which is more than even the largest modern piston fillers.

Functionally, the pen works as well as it should. The filling mechanism is efficient (you fill the pen up in four to five strokes), and the nib writes a beautiful fine line, which borders on extra fine. If you like Japanese nibs, you're going to love this pen. It writes in a confident, self-assured manner, always ready, never skipping or skidding. There's a bit of feedback, but it's just there to let you know you're connected to the paper. A really pleasant writing experience. Please, contact me if you're interested in ordering. Thanks!

Parker Vacumatic Debutante in Emerald Pearl

I understand there is a huge and vibrant journaling community, with a strong presence on Instagram. I've seen countless amazing posts from, among others, @journallove @claire_ohl @thepostmansknock @catharinemisook, and it's clear to me that the choice of a perfect writing instrument goes a long way toward providing a satisfying journaling experience. Here's a pen that, I believe, will be a fantastic companion for those of you who enjoy journaling.

Parker Vacumatic Debutante in Emerald Pearl celluloid

The Parker Vacumatic Debutante in deep, rich Emerald Pearl celluloid, and a soft 14k gold nib is as beautiful as it is functional. The pen dates back to the 1930s, a time when journaling was commonplace, perhaps even more so than today. As the country was emerging from the Great Depression, the fountain pen industry was beginning to recover from recession, each major brand giving us some truly timeless pens at the time. It's hard to believe that such technological and aesthetic marvels were conceived during such a difficult time in history. The material itself was incredibly hard to make, requiring laborious processing, filtering, coloring, and curing in a manner that was exceedingly difficult to control. 

Have you ever wondered why Parker made so few lever fillers? For the longest time, Parker designers believed that a lever disrupts the beautiful lines of a fountain pen. The Vacumatic system remains hidden beneath a blind cap and gives the pen a large ink capacity. There's nice transparency in the barrel and a beautiful decorative jewel on either finial. The pen writes like only a Vac can. The nib feels soft and smooth on paper, with good flow, and that desirable springy, bouncy sensation. If you are interesting in purchasing, please visit my Store or contact me directly.

Sheaffer Vac Triumph Set

What is your favorite fountain pen material? It is a tough question to answer, but celluloid really does hold a special place in my heart. It's just a pity it has become so rare in the modern pen industry.

This particular Sheaffer set is made of the gorgeous striated Golden Brown celluloid, and is in excellent condition. I'd probably rank it as collector-grade, because, it seems, it fulfills all the requirements pen collectors look for. There's only the faintest surface wear; otherwise, the pen looks amazing. I hope you can see that in the photograph below.

Sheaffer Vac Triumph Set

My focus in restoration work is on all the features that enhance the pen's utility as a writing instrument. Sure, cosmetics are important, but I try to make sure that the pen gives its new owner that special joy to hold, the unique pleasure to write with. This pen writes so well. Due to its superb ergonomics, it can be used posted or unposted, with ease. It's a lightweight pen of medium size, and it should fit most people's hands. The Triumph nib is firm but smooth and forgiving. Ink flow consistent and a touch above average in wetness. If you're interested in buying this pen, please check my Store or contact me directly. Thanks!

Parker 51 Vacumatic with a Fine Nib

 I've been asked several times lately for pens with silver-colored trim, as a lot of you seem to prefer it over the more flashy gold-filled "furniture." World War II ends, Europe lies in ruin, millions of people gone. Chaos, pain, grief. But also hope. Across the Atlantic, Parker makes the 51 Vacumatic, which must have seemed like a pen from the future, from a world untouched by the ravages of war, a happy world, one full of hope. It was Parker's single greatest achievement, as it propelled the company toward awesome, but short-lived prosperity. Do modern pen companies bring us such monumental pens? Do they fill our lives with hope? Perhaps. The pen comes with a fairly rare "Jeweler's " band, brushed stainless steel cap and a nickel-plated clip. It's been restored and it writes as well as only a 51 can. An ideal pen for fountain pen beginners, it is a firm writer, with a forgiving sweet spot, and a smooth feel on paper. The Vacumatic filling mechanism has no competition in the modern pen industry, an efficient system, gets you a full fill every time, holds about 1.6 ml of ink, twice as much as a typical converter. If you're interested in ordering this pen, please visit my store or contact me directly. Thanks!

OMAS Ogiva Guilloché Hi-Tech Trim XF Nib (SOLD)

Since the demise of OMAS earlier this year, many fountain pen enthusiasts have been voicing their sadness for the company and its incredible heritage. The pen on offer today is one of the company's iconic writers, the Ogiva Guilloché  with a Hi-Tech trim and an XF nib.

This pens came out several years before the more recent reissue, but it shares the same characteristics as the "Cocktail" series. It is made of the OMAS-exclusive cotton resin and comes with rhodium-plated trim. The nib is a large 18k nib, also rhodium-plated, with an XF tip.

The pen is in mint condition, though I do not have the box any longer. I only filled it to test it, and tune it. OMAS pens are sometimes plagued by excessive flow, so I wanted to make sure that the flow on this pen is generous, but restrained. Below, you will see two writing samples done with two different inks. The first, done with Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo, shows a broader, wetter line. The Pilot Iroshizuku inks are known for being wet, so, naturally, the line is thicker.

OMAS Ogiva Guilloché Hi-TechTrim XF, done with Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo

The second sample is done with Pelikan 4001 Black ink, which is known to have drier flow. As you can see, there's a pronounced difference in line thickness. Of course, paper quality will also contribute to line width variation.

OMAS Ogiva XF, sample done with Pelikan 4001 Brilliant Black ink

Cosmetically, the pen, the pen is in mint condition. There are virtually no sign of use. The pen looks like it was sold yesterday. A beautiful, classy pen. Most importantly, these pens are all gone and are never coming back. Finding an OMAS pen in such good condition is going to be harder and harder. If you're interested in ordering this pen, please visit my store, or contact me directly. Thanks!

Bexley Winter Wonderland LE Fountain Pen 18k Stub Nib (NOS)

This pen is a Bexley Winder Wonderland Limited Edition fountain pen with a 18k gold Stub nib. This pen is in a new-old-stock (NOS) condition. It was only dipped to writethe writing sample. Then it was cleaned and put back in the box. It comes with the papers, including Bexley warranty. I did make sure that the pen works properly and the nib is tuned as well as it should be.

This is a rare pen that Bexley made for Mr. Jim Gaston. It's a piston-filler, made in beautiful white marble and green acrylic, with gold-plated trim. Bexley is an American brand that has brought us a lot of amazing pens over the years. The pen is 5.2" capped 6.5" posted, and 0.52" barrel diameter. Very similar in size and shape to Aurora Optima.

The star of the show here is the 18k gold nib. It is a Stub nib that is smooth and writes like a dream. This nib is more of a broad cursive italic, with excellent line variation, but with gently rounded corners so you can write in a number of styles and by means of a number of grips. A forgiving nib. These nibs are gone from the Bexley catalog and are never coming back. This is your chance to own one of these well-regarded nibs. The piston works very smoothly, and there's nice transparency in the section so you can see your ink level. For ordering information, please visit my store or contact me directly.