(SOLD) This is a 1943 Parker Blue Diamond Vacumatic Major in Golden Pearl, with a 14k gold, two-tone 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 polish by hand. I work according to current "best practices" in pen restoration, and I use high-quality replacement materials and specialized tools.
Do you own a fountain pen that makes you feel special in some important way? A pen that you would take with you on a trip, to write an exam with, perhaps sign your marriage license? A pen with a soul? If I come across as a little corny, it's not intentional! Parker certainly felt strongly about their Vacumatic being that special pen that will "help you get the breaks." The phrase I wrote comes from a Vacumatic advertisement showing a handsome man holding aVac, smiling, and two beautiful women right beside him, also smiling. I wonder what kind of "break" the pen is getting this gentleman?
Joking aside, I think that part of the charm of a vintage pen is its provenance. A pen that's over seventy years old, made during World War II, in a tough economic and political climate, purchased by person who, most likely, has since passed away. The company's heritage, the pen's history, and its unquestionable beauty and timeless design, all contribute to the feeling of distinctiveness, significance, even mystery. I believe I just defined the pen's soul. Do you agree?
This particular pen is in beautiful condition, the gleaming celluloid deep, rich, vibrant. Barrel transparency is excellent; the warm tones you see in the photo are caused by the brown background showing through. You can even see the silhouette of the filling mechanism. There's just some very faint surface wear and some plating loss on the nib.
What a great writer! The Fine nib feels smooth and soft, without any skipping, hard-starts, or ink starvation. It writes a somewhat wet line that will bring out the beauty in your favorite inks and is likely to become one of your favorite performers. The nib will open up nicely if you press harder, giving you a semi-flex line. I used Sailor Kobe Old Foreigner Ward Sepia ink.