(SOLD) This is a 1946 Blue Diamond Parker Vacumatic Major in Black, with a 14k gold Fine 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 pen restoration and I do not use aggressive restoration methods, such as nib grinding, machine buffing or removal of deep blemishes and monograms.
By 1946, the Parker Vacumatic has become a popular and well-respected fountain pen. The model I am offering today is its final iteration, as far as design is concerned, and it remains one of the more popular Vacumatic variants today. It's a beautiful pen, made of "laminated" Black celluloid, with decent barrel transparency (the red "rings" you see in the photographs), and a fantastic 14k gold nib. It's also a rare opportunity to purchase a Vac in excellent condition at a more affordable price.
The pen is a phenomenal writer! When I started tuning the nib, the firth thing that struck me was how soft it felt on paper. No, it's not a flex nib, but it gives you a cushioned ride across the paper, and it absorbs the sensation of roughness (a.k.a., "feedback") very well, but without disconnecting you from the page. It's a pen that becomes one with you, an extension of your hand. It's as if it's begging for you to pick it up and write. I, therefore, tuned it a bit more wet than I usually do (but without increasing line width), so you can further enjoy that luxury ride. The nib lays down a Fine line of about 0.4 mm (on my paper), and it will bring out the beauty, shading, and sheen of your favorite inks.
Speaking of inks, since the pen is made of celluloid, please avoid permanent cellulose-reactive inks, as they may permanently stain the material. However, many other inks are safe to use with the Vacumatic. For example, I used the amazing Sailor Kobe # 51 Kano Cho Midnight ink for the writing sample. The phrase I wrote comes from an old penmanship book.
Cosmetically, the pen is in excellent shape, without any flaws or defects, and just the faintest surface wear. The gold-filled trim is in equally great condition. Quite simply, a beautiful pen!