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 Demi Cordovan Brown Set, XF

(SOLD) This is a 1947 Parker 51 Vacumatic Demi fountain pen and mechanical pencil set in Cordovan Brown with a 16k gold-filled cap. 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 hand polish. The pencil has also been brought up to full mechanical order. I work according to current "best practices" in pen restoration and I use high-quality replacement components and specialized tools.

Parker 51 Vacumatic Demi Cordovan Brown Set, XF, with the cap and blind cap off

This is a very rare set! It's a "first-year" Parker 51 Vacumatic Demi, made in 1947, the year the Demi model was first introduced. It also features a rare, newly designed, 16k gold-filled cap and comes with a matching mechanical pencil. The Demi was Parker's attempt to market the 51 to women, who were quickly becoming a large presence in the workforce and a lucrative customer base. The phrase I wrote comes from a Parker 51 Demi ad, and it reflects the sentiment.

The Demi is slightly smaller and more spender than the full-size 51, but not by much. The pen posts beautifully, so it can still be enjoyed by men and women alike. Today, a restored 51 is as good an EDC pen as ever, offering its user comfort, reliability, good looks, and fantastic writing performance, day in and day out. The smooth, forgiving Extra-Fine nib makes it an ideal journaling pen, a great tool for learning and writing business cursive, or Michael Sull's American Cursive Handwriting. Even though Parker designed the 51 to write fairly dry, to meet the demands of the day, I like to tune it a bit of the wet side so you can enjoy that amazing gliding sensation but without flooding the paper with ink. The overhauled filling mechanism works efficiently and holds a lot of ink.

Parker 51 Vacumatic Demi Cordovan Brown Set, XF, capped

The set is in excellent cosmetic condition! There are no flaws or defects, just very faint wear to the body and a bit of wear on the pen's cap, toward the edge, all very difficult to see with the naked eye. Important: the slightly darker shade of brown toward the tip of the nib is supposed to be like that. The material is slightly transparent and there's simply more of it towards the tip, hence the darker area that you can see in a high-resolution photo.

Parker 51 Vacumatic Demi Cordovan Brown Set, XF, mechanical pencil