Parker Vacumatic Major Fountain Pen, Black, F

(SOLD) This is a 1946 Blue Diamond Parker Vacumatic Major fountain pen in Black celluloid, with gold-filled trim, and a 14k gold Fine nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a gentle cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth.

Parker Vacumatic Major Fountain Pen, Black, F, uncapped, with the blind cap removed

My ultimate goal in restoring vintage fountain pens is for my customers to enjoy writing with them. I, therefore, carefully select suitable candidates from among fountain pens made between the early 1930s and the late 1950s by the four major U.S. brands, as I believe most of the models made in that era can be fantastic daily performers, even for the discerning writer. 

To me, writing with a restored vintage fountain pen is all about the joy it brings me. The pen I am offering today is a great example of such a pen, yet it is also quite affordable. Because it has a small blemish on the cap and the imprint is a bit faded, the pen's available at a 25% discount, which makes it one of the most affordable Vacumatics today. I am guessing the pen will sell quickly, so if you're interested in ordering it, please do not delay and contact me as soon as you can.

Parker Vacumatic Major Fountain Pen, Black, F, nib tune-up

If you like pens that write a conservative, dry line for use on poor-quality office paper, this pen is not for you. However, if you enjoy soft, gold nibs that dampen vibrations, joyfully grab onto the surface of the paper, and lay down a juicy, enjoyable line, look no further. The nib is tuned to write wet, which means that it will help bring out the color depth, saturation, shading, and even sheen out of your most beautiful inks. If you use it on great paper, such as Tomoe River, the ink is likely to pool slightly, giving you that luscious, velvety smooth look that you, no doubt, have seen in the awesome work by @gourmetpens , @attilasultis , and @catharinemisook (among others). Such a line is the reason why I, and many other pen fans, reach for the vintage fountain pen, as modern pens are, typically, tuned to write with quite a bit more restraint. This pen, however, is anything but shy. It brims with self-confidence and will take your creative, characterful handwriting in stride, giving it the flair it is capable of and deserves.

Parker Vacumatic Major Fountain Pen, Black, F, capped

Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman, Black, F

(Sold) This is a White Dot Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman fountain pen in Black, with a palladium-silver Fine Triumph nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a gentle cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth.

Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman, Black, F, uncapped

The Sheaffer Snorkel is broadly considered one of the most advanced fountain pens ever built. Most fountain pen enthusiasts are familiar with the meaning of the term "Snorkel" so I will spare you the story. However, what a lot of people are not aware of is that  a well-restored, well-tuned Snorkel is a phenomenal writer. In my opinion, the Snorkel is among some of the best performing fountain pens I've ever used, vintage or modern. The filling mechanism is easy to use and downright fun, but it is the nib (a nib and feed system, really) that really takes the cake.

So what makes it such a great writer? First of all, the ergonomics. It seems like such a simple thing, really, yet time and time again, pen designers get ergonomics wrong. Not at Sheaffer's! The Snorkel has a gently streamlined shape, a long, slightly textured section, not appreciable step-down, and excellent balance, posted or not. The ink delivery system is rather complex in terms of engineering, but what's important to us, writers, is that the overall surface area of the ebonite material that makes contact with the ink is massive, especially for a pen of this size. A large surface area means an excellent ink buffering capability. Regardless of atmospheric conditions, your writing technique, the paper or the ink used, the pen delivers a generous, yet controlled and consistent flow of ink. Again, a feature that many pen designers often get wrong.

Once the ink reaches the nib, the real magic happens. The Triumph nib is made of palladium-silver, an alloy very similar to that used by Visconti on most of their high-end "Dreamtouch" nibs. the alloy is similar to gold in both its fluid dynamics and vibration dampening properties. As a result, you're getting a nib that's both firm and soft. Yeah, I know that sounds like a contradiction, but it really is not. The nib will perform very well both in the hand of an experienced calligrapher and a complete novice. Sheaffer made sure of that by giving the nib a large sweet spot and a slightly upturned tip, which gives you that desirable sensation of smoothness, but without impediment to ink flow. A really ingenious design! Finally, if you need a thinner line, simply flip the nib upside down. On the reverse side, the writing surface is significantly finer, yet without much loss in smoothness or flow.

Cosmetically, the pen is in excellent shape! The material has a nice, deep color and a smooth surface. The gold-filled trim is in equally great condition, the imprint is strong. This pen would be a fantastic first "serious" vintage pen for a fountain pen novice, and it would be excellent as a tool for cursive handwriting. It lays down a 0.4 mm line (on my paper), and it sold as  Fine, though, by today's standards, it close to a Western XF (e.g., as in a Pelikan M800, Montblanc LeGrand, etc.). 

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, F

(On Hold) This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Vac-filler fountain pen and mechanical pencil set in striated, semi-transparent Black celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Lifetime Fine nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a gentle cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth. The pencil has also been restored to full functional and cosmetic condition. The set comes in the original box, also in great condition.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, F, uncapped and with the plunger partially extended

In the 1940s, as the U.S., joined World War II, the fountain pen industry was faced with severe material shortages (including rationing), labor shortages, and a difficult economic and political climate. In addition, Sheaffer was tasked by the U.S. Government with the manufacturing of high-precision armament components, such as bomb fuses, testament to the Iowa company's superior technological prowess. Despite all that, Sheaffer came up with one of its most successful fountain pens ever, the Triumph vacuum filler.

The set I'm offering today is a superb example of the Triumph. Made of Black celluloid, with a semi-transparent barrel, a wide gold-filled band, and vested with a phenomenal Triumph nib, the pen is a beautiful writing instrument, capable of incredible performance. The filling mechanism, which has just been completely rebuilt, works efficiently and holds a lot of ink. The nib writes an utterly enjoyable Fine line of about 0.5 mm (on my paper) that is smooth and consistent. The genius of the Triumph nib is that it feels smooth regardless of (reasonable) variations in holding angle and rotation about the page. The nib has a large "sweet spot," which allows its user to write rapid strokes in all directions, without ever skipping, skidding, or catching the paper. The oversize ebonite feed provides generous, yet controlled flow that will never run dry.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, F, capped

The pen and pencil set would make a great gift; it even comes in the original box. Why not consider it as a Christmas present for a family member or a friend? I think it would be a more interesting and original gift than even the latest and greatest electronic gadget.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, F, boxed

Sheaffer "Fat" Touchdown, Black, XXF

(On hold) This is a 1949 White Dot Sheaffer "Fat" Touchdown fountain pen in Black, with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph XXF nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a through but gentle cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). This is the largest Touchdown model, measuring 5.25" capped and 0.45" in diameter. This pen probably sold as an XF, but. by today's standards, it is an XXF (0.3 mm line on paper).

Sheaffer "Fat" Touchdown, Black, XXF, uncapped

Today, we use fountain pens mostly for fun, for the joy they give us. However, some of us still use fountain pens for work purposes, in the office, at school, taking notes in meetings, writing in our journals, and other purposes that require a fine, controlled, and consistent line that will not make a mess of poor quality paper. If you are in need of such a pen, look no further than this Sheaffer Touchdown.

Sheaffer "Fat" Touchdown, Black, XXF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

This is the "first-year" model, also known as the "Fat" touchdown. It's significantly larger than the later TD and Snorkel models, and yet it has the excellent ergonomics and the reliable, easy to use Touchdown filing mechanism of its successors. Sheaffer claimed it was the "easiest pen to fill," and I completely agree with that. One stroke fills the ink reservoir to capacity, holding as much ink as modern piston-fillers. The Triumph nib writes a gorgeous, dependable 0.3 mm line, which puts in in the XXF category. However, thanks to its ingenious design, the nib is virtually free from the toothiness typically associated with conventional XXF nibs. Moreover, it will write rapid strokes in all directions without catching the paper. It's an ideal pen with which to write a business cursive or Spencerian penmanship (without swells).

Sheaffer "Fat" Touchdown, Black, XXF, nib close-up

This pen came to me in poor cosmetic condition. Because of the awesome nib, I decided to restore the pen, and I think I brought it close to my usual standards. However, some of the surface wear is still present, especially on the cap. Therefore, I am offering this pen at a significant discount. Why buy another TWSBI if you can have this fantastic vintage pen?

Sheaffer "Fat" Touchdown, Black, XXF, capped

Parker Vacumatic Major, Black, F

(SOLD) This is a 1946 Blue Diamond Parker Vacumatic Major in Black, with a 14k gold Fine nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). I work according to current "best practices" in pen restoration and I do not use aggressive restoration methods, such as nib grinding, machine buffing or removal of deep blemishes and monograms.

Parker Vacumatic Major, Black, F, uncapped

By 1946, the Parker Vacumatic has become a popular and well-respected fountain pen. The model I am offering today is its final iteration, as far as design is concerned, and it remains one of the more popular Vacumatic variants today. It's a beautiful pen, made of "laminated" Black celluloid, with decent barrel transparency (the red "rings" you see in the photographs), and a fantastic 14k gold nib. It's also a rare opportunity to purchase a Vac in excellent condition at a more affordable price.

Parker Vacumatic Major, Black, F, capped

The pen is a phenomenal writer! When I started tuning the nib, the firth thing that struck me was how soft it felt on paper. No, it's not a flex nib, but it gives you a cushioned ride across the paper, and it absorbs the sensation of roughness (a.k.a., "feedback") very well, but without disconnecting you from the page. It's a pen that becomes one with you, an extension of your hand. It's as if it's begging for you to pick it up and write. I, therefore, tuned it a bit more wet than I usually do (but without increasing line width), so you can further enjoy that luxury ride. The nib lays down a Fine line of about 0.4 mm (on my paper), and it will bring out the beauty, shading, and sheen of your favorite inks.

Parker Vacumatic Major, Black, F, with the blind cap removed, showing the filler.

Speaking of inks, since the pen is made of celluloid, please avoid permanent cellulose-reactive inks, as they may permanently stain the material. However, many other inks are safe to use with the Vacumatic. For example, I used the amazing Sailor Kobe # 51 Kano Cho Midnight ink for the writing sample. The phrase I wrote comes from an old penmanship book.

Cosmetically, the pen is in excellent shape, without any flaws or defects, and just the faintest surface wear. The gold-filled trim is in equally great condition. Quite simply, a beautiful pen!

Parker Vacumatic Major, Black, F, nib close-up showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment.

Parker 51 Aerometric, Black, F

(SOLD) This is a 1950 full-size Parker 51 Aerometric fountain pen in Black, with a stainless steel cap, and a 14k gold 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 tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth. Note, that I replaced the Pli-Glass sac with a modern replica, but kept the original breather tube, as it was in excellent shape.

Parker 51 Aerometric, Black, F, uncapped

If there's one classic pen of the 1950s, the Parker 51 Aerometric in Black with a Lustraloy cap is it. A timeless writing instrument that is as functional as it is beautiful, this Parker 51 will not disappoint. 

Parker 51 Aerometric, Black, F, the Aerometric Filler

If you've ever wanted a vintage fountain pen but were uncertain about what pen to choose and where to buy it, look no further. The 51 is the one vintage pen that every fountain pen enthusiast should try. Most people who have tried a nicely restored 51, will love it, keep it, and enjoy writing with it, day in, day out. The pen will make an ideal business writer, with its elegant but toned down, almost stealthy appearance, and a writing performance to match.

Parker 51 Aerometric, Black, F, nib profile showing excellent geometry and alignment

The pen is in excellent condition, without any flaws or defects. The plastic spotless, has a deep, rich color and a nice glossy finish. The cap is in equally excellent shape. The nib writes a confident, controlled, and precise Fine line. The nib feels firm but soft. It's smooth and forgiving of angle and rotation. I tuned the nib to write just north of average in terms of ink flow (wetness) so you can enjoy that pleasant gliding sensation but without making a mess on regular office paper.

Parker 51 Aerometric, Black, F, capped