(sold) This is a 1945 Blue Diamond Parker Vacumatic Major in Azure Blue Pearl celluloid, with a 14k gold Fine, Semi-Flex nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). I work according to current "best practices" in fountain pen restoration, and I use high-quality replacement materials and specialized tools.
It's so incredible that Parker was able to design and manufacture the Vacumatic while, in 1945, most of Europe, Japan, and other parts of the world lay in ruin after the devastation of World War II. Despite a severe economic and political crisis, material and labor shortages, the Janesville company created this amazing writing instrument. Mind-boggling, don't you think?
The Parker Vacumatic is known even to fountain pen novices for its beauty, an advanced filling mechanism, and writing performance. This particular model is in exceedingly great shape. The Azure Pearl celluloid is deep, rich, and vibrant. Barrel transparency is excellent, so you can watch the pen fill, and gauge remaining ink level with ease. The gold-filled trim is in equally great condition. Quite simply, this is a stunning pen. If you saw it alongside the latest Visconti or Pelikan, you'd think it was a gorgeous modern pen, and you'd expect to pay a significant premium for it, but you can have it now for a lot less.
The nib is a dream to write with. It was made in a process that is mostly lost to us. Yes, there are some white papers and patents available in archives, but the actual methodology and the human touch required to make these nibs are gone forever. Unfortunately, there is a finite number of these pens still available and I would not hesitate to buy one now, as sooner or later, they will completely disappear from the vintage pen market, some to be safely guarded by collectors, others to end up in the trash.
The nib lays down a smooth, wet, Fine line (about 0.4 mm on my business paper) and it provides that highly desirable gliding, almost hovering sensation. The nib does a great job absorbing micro shocks and gives you a cushioned ride, but without disconnecting you from the paper. You're always in control, and if you press harder, you will be rewarded with a subtle "give" and nice line variation. It is not a full-flex nib, so please don't press too hard, but you can easily get the F-BB variation, perhaps more. This nib is bound to add a lot of character to your handwriting, regardless of your writing pressure.