Parker 51 Vacumatic in Dove Gray M nib

(sold) Parker 51 was conceived of as a Vacumatic filler, and its production continued until the end of 1948. The pen I am showing here today is a late 1948 Parker Vacumatic in Dove Gray, with a 14k Medium nib, a stainless steel cap, and a gold-filled clip. This is one of the most recognizable pens of the 1940s, a truly iconic pen, particularly in this color scheme, and one of the most loved and reliable pens ever made.

The pen is in excellent cosmetic condition, without any flaws or defects. The gray body is smooth, the color rich and vibrant (as far as a gray can be).  The cap is dent-free, in excellent condition, as is the gold-filled trim.

Functionally, the pen works as well as it did when it left the factory. The Vacumatic filling mechanism was restored according the the best practices and with highest-quality available replacement parts. It fills efficiently and holds a lot of ink.

The star of the show is the 14k Medium nib. Medium nibs were rather rare on the Vacumatic 51, as the predominant handwriting style of the era (e.g., the Palmer Method) required an extra-fine nib. Pen makers made the vast majority of their pens with an XF or F nib, so it's a real treat to have a Vac with a fatter, Medium nib. The nib is smooth and writes a luscious, generous line that is as beautiful as it is consistent. The nib's smoothness does not impede its writing ability, so the nib is free from hard-starts, skipping, or skidding. If you enjoy colorful, shading inks, this pen is for you!

Parker 51 Vacumatic in Dove Gray with a Medium nib (1948)