Parker Vacumatic Major, Gray Pearl, XXF

(SOLD) This is a 1945 Blue Diamond Parker Vacumatic Major in Gray Pearl celluloid, with a 14k gold XXF nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a gentle but 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). This is a full-size pen, measuring 5.1" capped, and 0.48" in diameter.

Parker Vacumatic Major, Gray Pearl, XXF, uncapped, with the blind cap removed

The Fountain Pen Day Week Special continues, and I bring you another wonderful, rare pen at a reasonable price. While Parker Vacumatics are relatively easy to come by on the collector circuit, the Gray Pearl is relatively rare. It's eve more difficult to find one with the nickel-plated trim in such good shape. The pen is beautiful, free from any flaws or defects, with smooth, deep, and rich celluloid and very good barrel transparency. If you've been wanting a Vacumatic in a stealthy color scheme, look no further. 

Parker Vacumatic Major, Gray Pearl, XXF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment, also note excellent barrel transparency, with the light brown background showing through

The pen writes a gorgeous XXF line (about 0.3 mm on my paper). It probably sold as an Extra-Fine, but, by modern standards, I'd rank this nib as an XXF, on dry paper (e.g., Rhodia) even close to a needlepoint. Yet, it is smooth and forgiving. It's not a flexible nib, but it will reward you with a pleasant "spring" in its step and a cushioned, comfortable ride across your favorite paper. A reliable writer, it springs to action the instant you put it to paper and performs at its best with light pressure. If you bear down on it, it might give you a hint of line variation, adding character to your handwriting. This would be an ideal pen with which to write a business cursive, the Palmer Method, Spencerian penmanship, and Michael Sull's American Cursive Handwriting. It will also make an excellent office pen, performing well even on ordinary copy paper.

Parker Vacumatic Major, Gray Pearl, XXF, capped