(Sold) This is a 1942 Parker Vacumatic Major fountain pen is Azure Pearl celluloid, with gold-filled trim, and a 14k gold XF 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 polish with a soft cloth. The pen measures about 5.1" capped and 0.48" in diameter.
The year 1942 was pivotal for the U.S. fountain pen industry. As the country entered the war, the pen companies were faced with significant difficulties, including severe material and labor shortages, and yet, both Parker and Sheaffer, were able not only to withstand the crisis, but also found a way to flourish, bringing us such awesome writing instruments as the Sheaffer Triumph and the Parker Vacumatic.
The pen I'm offering today was made during the first year of Parker's shift toward the new "plastic" variant of the venerable vacuum filling mechanism, along a few minor design changes. The pen is in fantastic condition, without any flaws or defects, with gorgeous, vibrant celluloid, excellent barrel transparency (the warm tones you see in the photos), and excellent gold-filled trim. Quite simply, a fantastic pen! With the holiday season fast approaching, this would be a superb gift for a family member, a friend, or even yourself.
The star of the show is the 14k gold nib. It's ground to write an XF line (about 0.3 mm on my paper) that is confident, self-assured, brimming with optimism. It's the kind of line that brings a smile to your face every time you write. You see the ink being deposited on the page in a perfect monoline, with a light touch, and a hint of line variation, if you press harder. A fantastically responsive nib, it will conform to your handwriting style, following your rapid strokes without question or hesitation. The nib has a great ability to dampen paper vibrations, which gives you that most coveted sensation of smoothness, yet without disconnecting you from the page, your writing, and your thoughts. The nib's genius is, partly, in its varying material thickness, to further optimize performance. It was made in a painstaking process, now mostly lost to us, in which writing performance was the absolute priority. If you're a fan of Japanese gold nibs, you're going to love this Vac, quite possibly wanting to add more than one to your collection.