(SOLD) This is a vintage 1944 Parker Vacumatic Major Blue Diamond in Silver Pearl celluloid with a 14k Extra-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. I use best practices in pen restoration and highest-quality replacement components available.
Yesterday, I posted Sheaffer's major wartime achievement, and today, it's Parker's turn. The Vacumatic was a success of monumental proportions, the result of two decades worth of R&D, made possible by significant advances in the making of celluloid, the forging of excellent, dependable gold nibs, and Parker's precision manufacturing capability. The Vacumatic is an integral part of fountain pen history, of American 20th. century history. A pen that is as elegant as it is functional. A vintage pen that, if restored well, will feel modern and outperform many modern fountain pens. It will continue writing well for years to come.
I get a lot of requests for pens with silver-color trim. If you listen to the amazing @penaddict podcast, you know how much Brad, and many others in the pen community, love rhodium-plated "furniture." I don't often carry vintage pens with such trim, but, today, I do. This Vacumatic comes with nickel-plated cap band and clip, and it is in very good shape. The celluloid is also really nice, deep, rich, and vibrant, with good barrel transparency.
The pen has been brought back to its full functionality, so it fills well, holds a lot of ink, and writes as well as only a Vacumatic can. An XF writer, it lays down a consistent line, at the lightest touch, with a hint of flex. I often hear of Vacumatic having semi-flex nibs, and, admittedly, some did, but most did not, at least not by my standards. A typical Vacumatic 14k nib is soft on paper, and will give you a touch of line variation but only if you write with a heavier hand. The pen is excellent at absorbing vibrations from the rough surface of the paper, so it may feel semi-flexible, but please, do not push it too hard, as you may permanently deform it. There's ample tipping material here, and it's of excellent geometry. I tune Vacumatic to write somewhat wet, so you can enjoy that desirable gliding sensation, but without having a river of ink pouring out of the nib.