(sold) This is a 1941 Blue Diamond Parker Vacumatic Debutante in Silver Pearl celluloid, with a 14k Fine nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle hand polish. The pen measures4 11∕16" capped and 0.42" in barrel diameter.
The pen is in excellent cosmetic condition, without any flaws or defects, and with only minor surface wear barely visible to the naked eye. The celluloid has beautiful depth and vibrancy. The transparency is very good, so you can watch the pen fill and gauge remaining ink level with ease. The chrome trim is very good, which is very rare on pens of this period.
Functionally, the pen works as well as it did when it left the factory. The filling mechanism is smooth, works efficiently, and holds a lot of ink. The nib and feed have been adjusted to write a beautiful Fine line (on the finer side), with a touch of feedback, great consistency, and slightly on the wet side. The nib has ample tipping material of perfect geometry.
Vintage fountain pens have a certain charm, some call it a soul, that remains unmatched by the vast majority of modern pens. It's a completely subjective perception, no doubt, but let's take a look at some of the features of this Vacumatic to see if it is justifiable.
First of all, the design. Parker went to great lengths to perfect the streamlined shape of the Vacumatic, following the rather boxy-looking flattop Duofold of the previous decade. Notice that there is no lever, nor any other contraption, visible on the pen body, so as not to disturb its graceful lines.
Next, the material. Vintage celluloid is true royalty of fountain pen materials. Yes, modern pen makers use all kinds of colorful, swirly acrylics, but such busy designs often become dated over time. The Vacumatic celluloid has stood the test of time, and is likely to continue looking amazing in the years to come.
Then, the filling mechanism. How many modern pen makers use a self-filling system? Some do, but only on their most expensive models. The Vacumatic plunger mechanism is efficient, durable, and holds an astonishing amount of ink, even on a smaller pen like this Debutante.
The ink delivery system is simple, yet effective. The ebonite feed, with a breather tube attached, provides ample surface area for buffering the expanding volume of ink, and it makes for a very efficient air exchange mechanism. In essence, the system has much more ink flow tuning latitude. You can tune it dry, you can tune it wet, and the pen will write well.
Now on to the nib. A 14k gold nib of a classic, open design, with just the right amount of tipping material, and of perfect geometry. The writing surface connects you to the paper and hangs on until you're ready to put the pen down. The nib's vibration absorption properties rival those of the best modern gold and palladium nibs. The nib feels soft, without feeling mushy. A writing sensation that must be experienced to fully understand.
Finally, the price. A restored Parker Vacumatic, in excellent cosmetic condition, will cost a fraction of the price of a modern pen of a similar feature set. You are getting a pen that received a lot of personal attention from its original makers and from its restorer, and will perform very well the moment you put it to paper.