(SOLD) This is a 1946 Parker Vacumatic Major, Blue Diamond, in Golden Pearl celluloid with a 14k gold, two-tone Extra-Fine nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle hand polish. I work according to current best practices in pen restoration and I use high-quality replacement materials and specialized tools.
Parker's Vacumatic was a huge engineering triumph. The Wisconsin company implemented an advanced filling mechanism, without disrupting the graceful lines of the pen. The Vacumatic mechanism was durable, easy to use, efficient, and held a lot of ink. This particular pen holds up to 1.7 ml of ink, nearly three times as much as a typical cartridge or converter. The large ink capacity played an important part in Parker's advertising campaigns, and this particular quote comes from an endorsement of the Vacumatic by the great Kenneth Roberts (author of Northwest Passage). Endorsement by a novelist made a lot of sense, as the pen "holds twice as much ink and shows when to refill" compared to a typical level-filler of the era. Today, pen companies often try to evoke a sense of luxury, class in their ads, but during the golden age of the fountain pen, the emphasis was on functionality. After all, people used fountain pens all day, every day, and their pens had to "just work."
This Vac is in excellent shape! The gleaming celluloid is free from any flaws or defects, barrel transparency is excellent, as is the gold-filled trim. A gorgeous pen that now can be yours, so you can enjoy long writing sessions whether you're working on your own book, traveling the world, taking notes in a meeting, or jotting down research observations in a lab.
This is a Blue Diamond pen, which means it had Parker's lifetime warranty and was, typically, better built and/or equipped than other models. This nib, for example, is a beautiful, two-tone 14k XF nib. The nib writes a self-assured, consistent XF line. It is smooth, perfectly aligned, with ample tipping material. I tuned it to write a wet but controlled line so you can enjoy your inks' color and shading. The nib has a bit of spring, but it is not a flexible nib. Sometimes, we are tempted to push harder, especially coming from modern steel flex nibs,. The "spring" is a pleasant sensation and can even give you a hint of line variation, but please, be careful as as not to spring the nib (pun not indented).
Here, I used the amazing KWZ IG Violet #3, an iron-gall ink that darkens as it dries. You can use mostgood inks in a Vacumatic, just avoid permanent and highly saturated inks, as they might stain the celluloid and/or damage the diaphragm.