(SOLD) This is a 1945 Blue Diamond Parker Vacumatic Major in Golden Pearl celluloid, 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, nib tuning, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). The pen measures just over 5" capped, and 0.5" in diameter.
The Parker Vacumatic was a revolutionary pen. The statement seems even more poignant today, decades later, as the pen continues to impress, for its good looks, quality of craftsmanship, the technology built into it, and, most importantly, its performance. A pen with a large, "ever-visible" ink capacity (this pen holds over 1.5 ml of ink), excellent ergonomics, and a nib to die for. It doesn't get much better than this!
If you are a person who loves to write. If you find comfort in doodling. If you enjoy your pen's company, you're likely to fall in love with this pen. Today, we don't have to write with a fountain pen - there are several more efficient and usable modes of written communication - and yet we write a lot, we develop an emotional bond with our pens. They, in turn, give us this extraordinary sensation of being connected to our thoughts, our senses, in a unique and thoroughly satisfying manner.
This particular Vac is in excellent condition, with deep, rich, gleaming celluloid, excellent barrel transparency, fantastic gold-filled trim, and a glorious 14k gold nib.
The nib is smooth, but without compromising its writing ability. I tuned it to write at the lightest pressure, to lay down confident strokes in virtually any direction, and to be responsive. The nib is not flexible, but it feels soft, without feeling mushy. I cannot think of a modern gold nib that gives you that incredible ability to absorb micro-shocks coming from the surface of the paper, without disconnecting you from your writing. The tipping material is ground to a typical Fine point, producing a line of about 0.4 mm on my paper.
If you are a fountain pen enthusiast, you should try a well-tuned, restored Vacumatic. You might find it hard to go back to modern pens afterwards.