(SOLD) This is a 1945 Parker Vacumatic Major Blue Diamond in Azure Pearl celluloid with a 14k XF 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. My technique is based on best practices in pen restoration and I use highest-quality replacement components.
In 1945, World War II was coming to an end, Europe lay in ruin, millions of people displaced, destitute. Across the Atlantic, Parker was at the peak of its manufacturing capability. To think that the company was able to design and make such a beautiful pen, despite the shortages in raw materials, fuel, food, and manpower, is just astounding. There is so much heritage to consider, so much history to be proud of, so much creative genius; a celebration of human perseverance, and a monumental victory against all odds.
This is a gorgeous example of the wartime Parker Vacumatic. It's a full-size, Major, Blue Diamond model, which meant the pen had been given lifetime warranty by Parker. The pen is in excellent condition, without any flaws or defects. The celluloid is rich, deep, and vibrant. The barrel transparency very good (the red hues you see in the photo is the background showing through). The gold-filled trim is excellent, too. There is only one blemish on the side of the barrel. It's small, but it's there. Otherwise, there's just very faint surface wear.
This is such a great writer! The Extra-Fine nib has ample tipping material, and the geometry is perfect. I tuned the nib to write a confident, consistent line that is on the wet side, but not overly so. This pen would be ideal for business cursive, Spencerian handwriting, or any modern "small" handwriting. It's smooth, but not overpolished. It writes under the lightest pressure, but if you press harder, you might get a hint of line variation. A superb, pleasant writer.