Parker 51 Vacumatic Fountain Pen, Blue Cedar, XXF

(Sold) This is a 1946 Blue Diamond Parker 51 Vacumatic fountain pen in Blue Cedar, with a stainless steel cap, gold-filled trim, and a 14k gold XXF 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 (by hand). This is a full-size pen, measuring about 5.3" capped (135 mm).

Parker 51 Vacumatic Fountain Pen, Blue Cedar, XXF, uncapped

The Parker 51 is not only "the world's most wanted pen," but it is also, in my opinion, a writer's pen, a pen for people who love to write. No, it's not made of fancy, colorful acrylic; no, it's not finished in Maki-e; no, it's not adorned with a snowflake. However, it's a beautifully designed, very well-made, highly comfortable, stylish writing machine. A pen that accommodates a variety of grips, angles, and rotation. With a dependable slip cap, ready to deploy, ready to write, this is one of the most reliable writing instruments that I have ever tried. Parker's solution to the age-old problem of fluid expansion and contraction under different conditions, is perhaps the most foolproof, resulting in a pen that has silky-smooth, consistent flow of ink, a pen that glides across the page, but without making a messy line. A crisp and precise writer, just when you need it the most.

This particular pen is in excellent condition, without any flaws or defects. The filling mechanism works efficiently and holds a lot of ink (up to 1.8 ml). The cap is in equally great shape, as is the gold-filled trim. The imprint is strong. Quite honestly, this is a gorgeous specimen of this iconic pen. The Blue Diamond indicates the pen's extreme durability, and you can be sure that this pen will give you years of dependable service. A true XXF writer, you'd be hard-pressed to find an equally great factory nib that writes so fine so well today.

Parker 51 Vacumatic Fountain Pen, Blue Cedar, XXF, posted

Parker 51 Vacumatic Fountain Pen, Blue Cedar, Gold-Filled Cap, F

(Sold) This is a full-size, Blue Diamond Parker 51 Vacumatic fountain pen in Blue Cedar, with a 14k gold-filled cap, and a 14k gold Fine nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a gentle, but 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).

Parker 51 Vacumatic Fountain Pen, Blue Cedar, Gold-Filled Cap, F, uncapped

Since today is Thanksgiving, a special day for millions of Americans, I thought I'd celebrate the occasion with a special pen. The year 1947 was interesting at Parker. It marked the introduction of the Demi Vacumatic (a cute, though short-lived pen), the beginning of the phase-out of the 51 Vacumatic, and the discontinuation of the Blue Diamond warranty program. These "transitional" pens are somewhat rare, and valuable among collectors. Even if you're not particularly keen on the pen's heritage, you'll probably agree that the 1947 Parker 51 Vacumatic I'm offering today is a gorgeous pen.

The pen is simply flawless, beautiful! Made of the vibrant Blue Cedar plastic, with a 14k gold-filled cap, decorated with a subtle guilloché pattern, and a partially gold-filled clutch. The awesome thing about the 51 is that despite its long, rich history, its prevalence at pen shows, its well-known features, it manages to look every bit as modern as it did back in the 1940s. A truly timeless design, the 51 has proven to be a faithful companion for millions of people over the decades.

It's a rare pen that fits virtually any writing scenario. Do you need a pen to write a novel with? Sign your marriage license with? Take it with you on your honeymoon? Use it to take notes with in college? Jot down lab notes? Take advantage of its large ink capacity for your urban sketching? Need to practice penmanship? Keep it by your side, doodle with when you need the reassuring calm of your favorite fountain pen? 

Parker 51 Vacumatic Fountain Pen, Blue Cedar, Gold-Filled Cap, F, nib profile

This particular pen writes a fantastic Fine line of about 0.4 mm (on my paper), which makes it a superb all-rounder. The nib has a large sweet spot and is fairly forgiving of one's handwriting technique quirks (we all have them!). It is tuned to write at the lightest pressure, but will take a heavy hand in stride. The long, slightly tapered section, makes it ideal to hold for people with unconventional grips (e.g., left-handed overwriters, "death grip" users, etc.), and it can be used equally well whether it's posted or not. The filling mechanism works efficiently and holds a lot of ink (up to 1.7 ml in my test).

Parker 51 Vacumatic Fountain Pen, Blue Cedar, Gold-Filled Cap, F, capped

Parker 51 Vacumatic Demi Fountain Pen, Blue Cedar, F

(Sold) This is a 1947 Parker 51 Vacumatic Demi in Blue Cedar with 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. The pen measures 4.9" capped and 0.46" in diameter.

Parker 51 Vacumatic Demi Fountain Pen, Blue Cedar, F, unposted

It is not difficult to come up with superlatives regarding the Parker 51 and its heritage. Clearly, one of the best fountain pens ever made, and certainly the most popular. There was a time, when the "51" was in short supply and customers had to wait for weeks to get one. The pen's success was very much deserved. A superbly comfortable writing instrument, a fantastic performer, and a beautiful, classy, timeless-looking pen, a restored "51" is one of the best deals in the vintage pen market. A pen that's like a gift that keeps on giving. You buy it today, and it will continue performing at the highest level for years and years to come.

Parker 51 Vacumatic Demi Fountain Pen, Blue Cedar, F, nib profile

The Demi was specifically designed for women. As more and more women were entering the office, white-collar workforce, the "51" was an ideal pen with which to accomplish daily writing needs. A pen so comfortable, posted or unposted, so easy to fill, and enjoyable to write with. A pen that never feels or looks gaudy or out of place. A true workhorse of a pen. This particular Demi writes a confident, smooth Fine line of about 0.5 mm (on my paper), with a large sweet spot, a firm, yet soft feel on paper, and that incredible gliding sensation that only a well-tuned vintage pen can provide. With the Holiday season approaching, the pen would be an ideal gift for a family member or a friend, even if they're not particularly experienced with fountain pens. Let me know and I will include a nice gift box with the pen.

The pen is in very good condition, with some wear to the clip, but, otherwise, without any flaws or defects. Functionally, the pen works as well as it did when it left the factory back in 1947. A superb writing instrument.

Parker 51 Vacumatic Demi Fountain Pen, Blue Cedar, F, capped

Parker 51 Vacumatic Cedar Blue, Broad Stub

(Sold) This is a Blue Diamond Parker 51 Vacumatic in Cedar Blue, with a rare pattern 14k gold-filled cap , with a factory 14k gold Broad Stub (1.2 mm). The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a gentle but thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth. This is a full-size Parker 51, a very rare pen, made in the U.S.A.

Parker 51 Vacumatic Cedar Blue, Broad Stub, uncapped

To kick off the Fountain Pen Day week, I have a very special fountain pen for you today. It's a very interesting Parker 51 Vacumatic. Two features make this pen particularly rare (1) a factory Broad Stub of about 1.2 mm in width, and (2) a 14k gold-filled cap with an unusual guilloche pattern.

Parker 51 Vacumatic Cedar Blue, Broad Stub, with the blind cap removed

The nib was Parker's special-order "Broad Stub," though, using modern "nib mesiter" terminology, I'd call this nib a "cursive italic," as it has impressive line variation, with a 1.2 mm downstroke and a 0.2 mm cross-stroke, at least on my paper. It's quite likely that this pen was ordered as a dedicated "signature" pen, as was in vogue in the 1940s. It was used sparingly, to write checks, sign documents, etc., and is in mint condition (see close-up photo). It took extreme precision manufacturing to grind a nib so perfect, particularly as much of the process was done by hand. The nib writes a delicious, juicy line that suitable for a variety of handwriting styles, ranging from a business cursive, all the way to formal italic. If you wanted to buy a modern pen with such a nib, you'd probably have to order a modification from a reputable nib-meister. However, if you've been wanting to write a one of the best cursive italic nibs ever made, here's your rare chance to try one. Whether you're a professional calligrapher, or a fountain pen novice, this pen will be a continuous source of joy.

Parker 51 Vacumatic Cedar Blue, Broad Stub, nib profile

Cosmetically, the pen is in excellent condition, without any flaws or defects, either on the pen body or the cap. There's just the faintest surface wear that's difficult to see with the naked eye. A fantastic specimen! Of course, the Vacumatic filling mechanism works very well, filling the pen up to about 1.8 ml, which is nearly three times as much as a typical converter. Quite frankly, it would be very difficult to find this rare pen in such excellent condition, unless you go to a large pen show and are prepared to pay a significant premium for it.

Parker 51 Vacumatic Cedar Blue, Broad Stub, capped