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, XF

(Sold) lThis is a 1943 Blue Diamond, full-size Parker 51 Vacumatic in Blue Cedar, with a 14k gold-filled cap, and a 14k gold XF 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 51 Vacumatic Fountain Pen, Blue Cedar, XF, uncapped, with the blind cap removed

Today, most of us use fountain pens for fun, with fancy ink and paper. It's interesting how our idea of performance has evolved over time. Free from work-related constraints of form, we tend to prefer pens that write fat, juicy lines that bring out the depth, saturation, shading, and sheen in our favorite inks. However, you might be surprised to know that, for decades, pen companies, including Parker, worked on making ink flow more controlled, more restrained. In fact, one of Parker's advertising slogans, "Writes dry with wet ink," was used to further emphasize the fact that their pens could be used safely and reliably on even the most important office papers, personal journals, and other "mission critical" work. if you are among the continuously growing number of people who use fountain pens for serious work, you might find this 51 of interest.

Parker 51 Vacumatic Fountain Pen, Blue Cedar, XF, nib profile

The Parker 51 Vacumatic I'm offering today is a superb example of the 1940s writing performance standards. It comes vested with a fantastic XF nib, which lays down a confident, consistent, resolute line of about 0.3 mm (on my paper). Ink flow is incredibly well-controlled, providing a monoline that you can depend on for all of your important work. Whether it's for professional or personal purposes, the 51 will not let you down, never skipping, starving for ink, or skidding out of control. The nib feels smooth and soft, while being very forgiving of both angle and rotation. The nib is tuned to write at the lightest pressure, but it will take a heavy hand just as easily.

This is a gorgeous-looking pen! With a rare, 14k gold-filled cap with an interesting alternating Guilloché pattern (two straight and two "scalloped" lines). The pen is free from scratches or blemishes, with only the slightest surface wear present (difficult to see with the naked eye). The gold-filled trim is in equally great shape, the imprint is strong.

Parker 51 Vacumatic Fountain Pen, Blue Cedar, XF, capped

Parker 51 Vacumatic Fountain Pen, Cordovan Brown, F

(Sold) This is a 1947 full-size Blue Diamond Parker 51 Vacumatic in Cordovan Brown, with a two-tone stainless steel cap, gold-filled trim, 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 tuning, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand).

Parker 51 Vacumatic Fountain Pen, Cordovan Brown, F, with the cap and blind cap removed

Having such a huge variety of awesome fountain pens available today (both vintage and modern), it's becoming more and more difficult to put together one's "Top Five" lists of favorites. However, no matter how I shuffle my "Top Five," the Parker 51 Vacumatic is always there, and close to the very top. Apparently, I am not crazy, as the "51" has been "the world's most wanted pen."

Parker 51 Vacumatic Fountain Pen, Cordovan Brown, F, nib profile

To me, what makes the "51" a favorite is its writing performance. Period. Yes, you can argue that it has supreme ergonomics (no step, no threads, a slight taper), and that it comes with a sophisticated, high-capacity filling mechanism, but, at the end of the day, when the rubber meets the road (insert your favorite cliche), and the pen has to perform consistently, at the highest level, regardless of ink, paper, writing technique, the "51" never lets me down. It writes where most other pens refuse to. It produces the most splendid, silky smooth monoline that other pens are jealous of. It is firm, without feeling harsh. It has that awesome, resolute willingness to deliver ink to paper, without fuss, without hesitation. 

The pen is in fantastic condition, without any flaws or defects. The material is vibrant, with a deep, rich color, and a pleasant glossy finish. The cap and gold-filled clip are in equally great shape. Truly, a fantastic specimen, and, interestingly, the "last year" model of the Blue Diamond lifetime warranty. The following year, Parker began a transition toward the new variant of the "51," the Aerometric.

Parker 51 Vacumatic Fountain Pen, Cordovan Brown, F, capped

Parker 51 Aerometric, Teal Blue, B

(SOLD) This is a 1949 full-size Parker 51 Aerometric fountain pen in Teal Blue, with a gold-filled cap, and a 14k gold Broad 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).

Parker 51 Aerometric, Teal Blue, B, uncapped

I am often asked to recommend a vintage pen for a new fountain pen enthusiast. Say, you've tried a Lamy Safari, a TWSBI Vac700, perhaps even a Pilot Custom 74, and you've swallowed the bug. There are a few vintage models that can be excellent "first vintage" pens, but the Parker 51 Aerometric is probably the safest bet. No, it is not made of a colorful, intricately patterned, modern acrylic, but it's everything else you want in a fountain pen.

Parker 51 Aerometric, Teal Blue, B, nib close-up

Let's start with the nib. Most Parker 51s came with a Fine nib. This particular nib, however, is a Broad, a truly rare model! It lays down a juicy line of about 0.7 mm (on my paper), with a slight stub-like quality. It's dependable and brimming with self-confidence. A firm nib, but feeling soft on paper, thanks to its excellent shock-absorbing properties. It's a perfect nib for a beginner due to its forgiving nature. Yes, it will let you get away with all kinds of quirks of your grip, angle, rotation, and writing pressure. A nib that's ready to write, whenever you command it to. And, it looks as good as new, with ample tipping material, of perfect geometry.

Parker 51 Aerometric, Teal Blue, B, showing the filler unit, a clear sac

The pen has superb ergonomics thanks to the long, streamlined shape, with a comfortable, step-less section, and excellent balance, posted or not. The filling mechanism has just been completely overhauled and will last for decades without having to be serviced. It's easy to use, efficient, and holds a lot of ink. Finally, the appearance. Again, unless you must have a super colorful bespoke acrylic pen, the 51 is a handsome beast. It's somewhat toned-down, classy appearance makes it a great office writer. It will look stylish, but without drawing unwanted attention. The little bit of gold-filled "bling" is actually very tastefully done and adds quite a bit of character to the pen.

The pen is in fantastic condition, without any flaws or defects. One interesting bit about the barrel is that the date imprint is missing. It was uncommon but some P51s did come without a date imprint. It's just an interesting detail, and I thought I'd mention it.

Parker 51 Aerometric, Teal Blue, B, capped

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 Fountain Pen in Cordovan Brown, XXF

(SOLD) This is a 1947 Blue Diamond Parker 51 Vacumatic in Cordovan Brown with a stainless steel cap, a gold-filled clip, and a 14k gold XXF nib. This is a rare, "last year" Parker 51 Vacumatic. 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).

Parker 51 Vacumatic Fountain Pen in Cordovan Brown, XXF, uncapped

This is a beautiful, rare, "last year" Parker 51 Vacumatic, made in 1947, as the Janesville company began its transition away from the Blue Diamond lifetime warranty and toward the Aerometric filling mechanism. The gorgeous Cordovan Brown makes it a particularly desirable model, not to mention, the XXF nib. Here's your chance to own this timeless classic, in excellent condition, functioning as good as new.

Parker 51 Vacumatic Fountain Pen in Cordovan Brown, XXF, nib profile

The Parker 51 is a pen that epitomizes the American pen industry of the 1940s perfectly. In my opinion, all four of the major U.S. brands, Parker, Sheaffer, Wahl-Eversharp, and Waterman, were at the peak of their technological capabilities, bringing their customers exceptional writing instrument during a very difficult time in history. Parker was a mighty brand, with a worldwide reach, its name, in many countries, synonymous with the fountain pen. A superb tool for the discerning writer, even today, a restored Parker 51 is unique in its dependable performance, day in, day out. If you've never tried a 51 or have had a mediocre experience with one of uncertain provenance, I encourage you to give it another chance. A well restored 51 is likely to become one of your favorite daily writers.

This particular 51 has a phenomenal XXF nib. The nib lays down a confident line of about 0.2 mm on my paper, which puts it easily in the needlepoint vicinity, yet it does not have any of the typical "toothiness" and paper catching of conventional, modern needlepoints. The nib is smooth, with an excellent ability to absorb vibrations, and an ability to write equally well in virtually all directions. That makes it an excellent pen for cursive handwriting. Your strokes will feel effortless and dependable. You will not experience any hard-starts, ink starvation, or flow irregularities that plague modern needlepoint nibs.

Cosmetically, the pen is simply outstanding, without any flaws or defects. A beautiful, vibrant color, along with a flawless cap and gold-filled trim, this is one handsome pen, yet without being gaudy. A rare pen that is as beautiful as it is functional. The Vacumatic filling mechanism is easy to use, reliable, and holds up to 1.8 ml of ink.

Parker 51 Vacumatic Fountain Pen in Cordovan Brown, XXF, capped

Parker 51 Aerometric Fountain Pen, Forest Green, XF

(Sold) This is a 1948 Parker 51 Aerometric (full-size) in Forest Green with a 14k gold XF nib and a stainless steel cap (with a jewel on top). 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). I restore pens according to current "best practices" and I use high-quality replacement materials.

Parker 51 Aerometric Fountain Pen, Forest Green, XF, uncapped

The Parker 51 is obviously a classic vintage fountain pen, and it's the one pen that every fountain pen enthusiast should at least try. There's so much history, such heritage, and so much advanced technology built into this pen, it's hard not to revel in this iconic, timeless design. If you have been thinking about trying a Parker 51, here's an excellent opportunity to own this beautiful pen in  a rare Forest Green color and with a smooth, dependable XF nib. Yes, you can probably find a cheap 51 on eBay, but are you willing to take the chance?

Parker 51 Aerometric Fountain Pen, Forest Green, XF, showing the Aerometric filler. Note the clear Pli-glass sac.

The pen is in fantastic condition. There are no flaws or defects, and now that it's been restored, it's going to give its new owner years (even decades) of dependable performance. This would be an ideal office pen, as it writes a line that would be suitable for all kinds of office documents and paper. An XF writer, it lays down a confident line (about 0.3 mm on my paper) that never falters, skips, or hard-starts. A line that is tuned to write a touch above average in ink flow, so you can enjoy that awesome gliding sensation but without making a mess on poor-quality paper. The pen writes at the lightest touch, but it will take a heavy hand in stride. It was designed to write on all kinds of paper, including carbon copy. The nib is firm, has a fairly large sweet spot, but it doesn't feel like a total nail, thanks to its shock-absorbing properties.

What a gorgeous material! Forest Green is a rather uncommon color on this model, so it doesn't come up for sale very often, especially in such good condition. The jewel is clear, the imprint strong, even the breather tube is in excellent shape. I predict the pen will sell quickly, so do not hesitate. Give this pen a try, it will not disappoint.

Parker 51 Aerometric Fountain Pen, Forest Green, XF, 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

Parker 51 Vacumatic, Black, M

(ON HOLD) This is a 1945 Blue Diamond Parker 51 Vacumatic in Black, with a 14k gold Medium nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, adjustment of ink flow, 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 use high-quality replacement materials.

Parker 51 Vacumatic, Black, M, uncapped, also showing the hand-machined collector

The phrase I wrote comes from a Parker 51 advertisement, in which the company implied the extremely complex construction, superb skill, and a lot of personal attention required to manufacture the pen. The ad was accompanied by a picture of the collector (see the photo above) to illustrate the point. The collector was part of an elaborate ink buffering and ink flow control mechanism that has proven to be unmatched by any system devised since. In short, no modern pen can boast a writing performance that is as dependable and enjoyable as that of the Parker 51. Yes, the pen is not for everyone, but many of those who allowed themselves to try it, ended up with sizeable 51 collections, years of reliable service, and a lot of fun.

Parker 51 Vacumatic, Black, M, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment, also showing a strong imprint on the body.

This particular 51 comes vested with a rare Medium nib. The nib probably sold as a Broad, as it lays down a fat line (0.6 mm on my business paper) that is incredibly satisfying. I realize I've let down a lot of you who love broader nibs recently, as most of my pens have featured very fine nibs, but I hope this pen will not disappoint you. A lot of modern pen makers choose smoothness over writing performance, as the market seems to demand it. As a result, you end up with a nib that feels incredibly smooth but is plagued with performance issues, such as hard-starts and skips. The issues are caused by the writing surface being overly polished at the factory. This 51, however, writes incredibly smoothly, but without any of the above problems. A fantastic writer, tuned just north of average in wetness, it will give you that gliding sensation and reward you with a line that will bring out the beauty, shading, and sheen of your favorite inks.

Cosmetically, this classic Black pen is flawless. The material has a deep, rich, and vibrant color, and a glossy surface. The cap and the gold-filled trim are in equally excellent shape. The imprint is strong. Quite simply, this is a beautiful specimen of the classic 51 Vac.

Parker 51 Vacumatic, Black, M, capped

Parker 51 Aerometric Pen and Pencil Set, Midnight Blue, F

(SOLD) This is a 1953 Parker 51 Aerometric fountain pen and liquid lead pencil set in Midnight Blue. The pen has a 14k gold Fine nib. The set is in unused condition (please, read about it further down the page). Because the connector's nipple was soft, I decided to replace it and fit it with a brand-new Pli-glass sac. The connector's nipple would sometimes softened over time, even if the pen was never inked. There's speculation as to why this happened, but the adhesive used must have played some part. I also tuned the nib and ink flow, and gave the pen a gentle hand polish.

Parker 51 Aerometric Pen and Pencil Set, Midnight Blue, Fm uncapped and showing a close-up of the section

This is such a gorgeous set! The Midnight Blue is among the most sought after Parker 51 colors, and for good reason, the color is deep, rich, and vibrant. The material has a hint of translucency. The gold-filled cap is in equally excellent shape, without any signs of use. A superb specimen of this iconic pen.

The phrase I wrote comes from a Parker advertisement. Being the "world's most wanted pen," Parker 51 was periodically in short supply, as the company was struggling to meet the demand. It's remarkable to think that, back in the early 1950s, the 51 was much like today's hottest electronic gadgets, particularly those made by Apple, being as functional as they were beautiful, even a status symbol and a popular gift for special occasions.

Parker 51 Aerometric Pen and Pencil Set, Midnight Blue, F, showing the Aerometric filling mechanism

The nib is incredibly smooth, but not overly polished. It writes at the lightest touch, laying down a consistent, controlled line. Parker's motto was "Writes dry with wet ink," which meant a superb ink flow regulation by the elaborate internal ink delivery system. Because of that, you can now use your Parker 51 in the office, writing on virtually any kind of paper, consistently, without the ink bleeding through or feathering. A fantastic performer!

Parker 51 Aerometric Pen and Pencil Set, Midnight Blue, F, capped, with the pencil

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

Parker 51 Aerometric Teal Blue, F

(SOLD) This is a 1951, full-size Parker 51 Aerometric in Teal Blue 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 hand polish. I work according to current best practices in pen restoration and use high-quality replacement components and specialized tools.

Parker 51 Aerometric Teal Blue, F, with the cap off

Does a fountain pen make your handwriting nicer? I guess it's up to you to decide. Some people love fountain pens because they can get the nibs to lay down an interesting line, with "specialty" grinds, such as cursive italic or architect grind. Flexible nibs can give one line variation, which can look good, too. Regardless of line quality, I think that a well-tuned fountain pen is a great instrument with which to practice handwriting.

This Parker 51 writes a confident, true-to-size Fine line, at the lightest touch. Developing light touch is essential in handwriting improvement, and only a well-tuned fountain pen (or dip pen) allows you to write with a light hand. Also, the long, streamlined, stepless section makes virtually any grip comfortable A comfortable instrument will go a long way toward improving your penmanship. The nib has ample tipping material of excellent geometry. It "grabs" onto the surface of the paper and won't let go unless you command it to. There's no skipping or skidding, and no hard-starts. Having a steady, consistent flow is essential in improving the writing experience. The small, hooded nib makes the pen more maneuverable, particularly if you write with your fingers, which most of us do. It's forgiving of holding angle and rotation about the page. The Fine nib is perfect for just about any handwriting style, large or small. It's good for cursive, D'Nealian, even monoline Italic. Finally, the gold nib absorbs vibrations from the rough paper surface and connects you to the page, resulting in pleasant feedback and utmost control, while prolonging the operational life of your nib . Just keep thinking, moving, gliding (a quote from an old penmanship book.).

Parker 51 Aerometric Teal Blue, F, capped

I replaced the connector and sac with a new-old-stock unit. Some restorers prefer to repair the soften connector by drilling it out and gluing in a piece of plastic tubing. I think that replacing the entire piece is a more elegant and durable solution. The sac is somewhat dark in the photo, but you can be sure it's clean and as good as new.

Parker 51 Aerometric Teal Blue, F, showing the sac guard

Cosmetically, the pen is in excellent shape, free from any defects or flaws, with the faintest surface wear, difficult to see with the naked eye. A beautiful example of this iconic fountain pen.

Parker 51 Aerometric Navy Gray, F

(SOLD) This is a 1949 Parker 51 Aerometric fountain pen in Navy Gray with a stainless steel cap and a 14k gold Fine nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tune-up, and a gentle hand polish. I work in accord with current best practices in pen restoration and I use high-quality replacement components and specialized tools.

Parker 51 Aerometric Navy Gray, F

In the late 1940s, Parker 51 was already the world's most wanted pen. The company was having trouble meeting the demand. It's fair to say that the 51 was the iPhone of the 1940s, a pen coveted by a great many people. The company issued a series of advertisements asking people to be patient and promising increase production to meet the demand. The quote I wrote comes from such an advertisement.

This particular 51 is in amazing condition, one of the nicest 51s that's ever come across my desk. I have a feeling the pen had never been used, but I did replace the connector and sac with a new-old-stock unit, as the original had softened over time. Some 51 connector would inexplicably become soft (esp., the part on which the sac is seated) and need to be replaced. Some restorers choose to fix the connector by drilling it out and gluing a piece of plastic tubing. I prefer to replace the whole thing, as it is a more elegant and durable solution.

The nib is a gorgeous Fine! It writes a confident line, one that I tuned a bit above average in terms of flow, so you can enjoy that gliding sensation, but without making a mess on less-than-perfect paper. The nib has a large sweet spot, and is forgiving of your holding angle and rotation about the page. It writes at the lightest touch, but will also take a heavy hand with ease. This pen would make a fantastic EDC, a work pen, a great pen for taking notes in college, or writing in your journal. You'd be hard pressed to find a more versatile fountain pen, vintage or modern.

Parker 51 Aerometric Navy Gray, F

If you've wanted to try a 51, but were apprehensive about buying one of uncertain provenance, look no further! This is a fantastic pen and it has to be experienced to understand why so many pen enthusiasts firmly believe the Parker 51 is the best fountain pen ever made. I think that if you're going to own just one vintage pen, the Aerometric 51, with a Fine nib, should be it.

Parker 51 Aerometric Navy Gray

Is there a vintage fountain pen that is a more iconic classic than the Parker 51? This particular pen is as close to factory-new as it gets. No, it is not New Old Stock (NOS), but it has been completely restored and now looks and writes great.

The Parker 51 is a often recommended to beginners but it is not often explained why. It's taken as a "truth" that wanders around the fountain pen community and is on a lot of people's lips. I believe that the Parker 51 is an extremely dependable and forgiving writer.

First of all, the ergonomics.  The long and smooth section allows all kids of grips, right or left-handed, and feels comfortable in the hand even for the longest of writing sessions. It can be used uposted or posted without disturbing its superb balance. The slip cap allows for quick use. It's a perfect pen for taking notes in meetings and lectures, and is ideal for writing on the go, journaling, even urban sketching.

The nib and ink delivery system are second to none. The nib is firm and smooth. It's forgiving of angle and rotation. It always writes, no matter the ink or paper. You can even fly with it without running the risk of leaks. If you've come to the fountain pen hobby from years of writing with a ballpoint pen, you will have a very gentle learning curve and an easy transition.

The Navy Gray color is a classic. The glossy stainless steel cap completes the iconic look. Please, visit the store for information on how to order. Thank you and enjoy!

The iconic Parker 51 fountain pen

Parker 51 Custom Canary Yellow

This is a one-of-a-kind fountain pen. A custom manufactured shell, made from high-quality acrylic, in beautiful canary yellow color, and a completely rebuilt pen on the inside. This is as close to a brand-new pen as it gets.

Parker 51 Custom Canary Yellow

The nib is a 14k fine with ample tipping material and perfect geometry, as good as new. It writes like a Parker 51 should - a fine, precise line, smooth, without hesitation, always ready. The cap is a high-gloss stainless steel with a black jewel, all intact and in great condition.

Contact me directly if you're interested in purchasing this pen. Thanks!

A completely rebuilt custom Parker 51