(SOLD) This is a 1945 Blue Diamond Parker Vacumatic Major in Silver Pearl celluloid, with nickel-plated trim, and a 14k gold Fine nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a gentle cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle hand polish. This is a full-size pen, measuring 5.1" capped and 0.48" in diameter.
Stealthy-looking pens are in vogue these days. However, stealth was not a common look in the vintage pen world. The pen I am offering today is as close to a monochromatic color scheme as it gets for pens made in the first half of the 20th century. I hope you find it interesting.
The Vacumatic is in fantastic condition. The Silver Pearl celluloid is smooth, deep, and rich in color. The barrel has nice transparency, so you can see the Vacumatic filling mechanism work its wonders and gauge remaining ink level with ease. The nickel-plated trim is in excellent condition, particularly given how poorly it typically wore over time. Simply put, this is a beautiful writing instrument that should satisfy even the most discerning fountain pen connoisseurs.
The start of the show here is the 14k gold nib. It writes a generous Fine line (about 0.5 mm on my paper) that is wet and luscious. It's the kind of nib that brings out the beauty in your favorite inks. You're going to see your inks shade and sheen better than in most modern pens. The large nib, along with the two-channel oversize ebonite feed, are going to provide a superb writing experience. The nib is tuned to write at the lightest pressure, as Parker intended, but it will take a heavy hand in stride, rewarding its owner with a pleasant, cushioned ride across the paper, but without the feeling of being disconnected from the page, without skipping or skidding out of control. If you use a dry ink, such as Rohrer & Klingner Salix, the nib will write a slightly thinner, more conservative line, suitable for office use.