Parker Vacumatic Major Fountain Pen, Emerald Pearl, XF Semi-Flex

(Sold) This is a 1946 Blue Diamond Parker Vacumatic Major fountain pen in Emerald Pearl celluloid, with gold-filled trim, and a 14k gold XF Semi-Flex 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 use only very gentle restoration techniques and use only the highest-quality replacement materials and specialist tools. The pen measures slightly over 5" capped and 0.48" in diameter.

Parker Vacumatic Major Fountain Pen, Emerald Pearl, XF Semi-Flex, uncapped

In the late 1930s and throughout the 1940s, the pen industry underwent a major shift toward sturdy, dependable, always-ready, consistent, self-filling pens that were supposed to perform equally well regardless of one's ink, writing technique, paper, air pressure and temperature, and other, sometimes extreme, conditions. Each major brand offered a lifetime warranty on their flagship models, and made sure their pens would not require servicing often.

Parker Vacumatic Major Fountain Pen, Emerald Pearl, XF Semi-Flex, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

In terms of nib manufacturing, there was a definite transition toward less flexible, larger, thicker nibs with plenty of tipping material, so that they would comply with the dominant handwriting style of the era. For most people, including office professionals, Ornamental Penmanship was quickly becoming less practical and was gradually phased out in favor of the more rapid and legible business cursive, such as the Palmer Method. Flexible nibs were still available as special-order items, but the vast majority of gold nibs made at the time were semi-flexible or firm.

Parker Vacumatic Major Fountain Pen, Emerald Pearl, XF Semi-Flex, nib close-up

Parker's nib design focused on improving the gold point's ability to absorb vibrations caused by dragging the tip across the surface of the paper. Such vibrations are often perceived as unpleasant, and nib makers went to great lengths to minimize them. The Vacumatic nib was a great example of this new type of design. The nib has variable thickness (strategically distributed), which further improves its "compliance," its ability to seamlessly conform to the writer's movement, responding to even the slightest variation in pressure, direction, and rapidity, while soaking up microscopic paper bumps with ease. This particular nib lays down a line of about 0.3 mm (on my paper) and spreads easily to about 0.7 mm with slight increase in writing pressure. This is not a fully flexible nib, so please do not try to push it beyond its limit, but it can be used rather effectively to instantly add character to your handwriting.

The pen is in excellent condition, without any flaws or defects. The Emerald celluloid has incredible depth, vibrancy, and still very good barrel transparency. The gold filled trim is in equally good shape, and the imprint is strong. The filling mechanism holds up to 1.8 ml of ink.

Parker Vacumatic Major Fountain Pen, Emerald Pearl, XF Semi-Flex, capped

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, XF

(Sold)This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Vac fountain pen in striated Golden Brown celluloid, with a transparent barrel, a gold-filled trim, and a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime Triumph F 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 (done by hand). This is a full-size pen, measuring around 5.18" capped and 0.44" in diameter. The pen is meant to be using posted, which it does very well, indeed.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, XF, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

The year 1942 was pivotal in the history of the fountain pen. As the U.S. entered World War II, some of the pen companies joined the effort, producing mission-critical armament components. Sheaffer was the undisputed leader in that regard, posting a significant growth as a company and continuing bringing to market fantastic writing instrument. In my opinion, no other pen epitomizes that era than the Sheaffer Triumph vacuum filler.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, XF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

A product of several years of vigorous R&D, the Triumph was an utterly modern fountain pen, "far ahead of anything in the field." The Triumph accomplished what had seemed an intractable pen design problem before, namely, a consistent, silky smooth flow of ink, under various conditions, including temperature, barometric pressure, ink, paper, and one's writing technique. The Triumph ink delivery system excels at buffering the ever expanding and contracting volume of ink inside the reservoir (here, directly inside the barrel). The task is accomplished by an oversize ebonite feed with a huge surface area of its numerous fins and, crucially, a large channel running inside it. Sheaffer took advantage of its advanced R&D laboratories to perfect the Triumph, including rigorous testing, by man and machine. The quote I wrote comes from a 1942 statement that accompanied the launch of the Triumph vac filler.

The pen I'm offering today is a great specimen of the Triumph, perhaps its most iconic model. Built from the gorgeous striated Golden Brown celluloid, with a transparent barrel, adorned with impeccable gold-filled trim, the pen is truly beautiful. It's in excellent condition, too, with only very minor surface wear, difficult to see with the naked eye. Functionally, the pen is as close to its factory condition as possible, with an efficient filling mechanism (up to 1.8 ml of ink using the two-stroke method), and superb ergonomics.

The pen writes an XF line of about 0.4 mm (on my paper). It's firm, but smooth, and capable of writing rapid strokes in virtually all directions, including long, swooping curves. Sheaffer's nib grinding technique aimed at providing a point that wrote very smoothly but without compromising ink flow. Today, it's not uncommon for pen makers to polish the nib's writing surface to an extreme degree, giving the point a sense of smoothness, but, often, at the expense of its writing ability. The Triumph is tuned to write at the lightest touch, and that is where it performs at its best. However, it will also take a heavy hand in stride, rewarding you with a line that is as dependable as modern rollerballs. Ink flow is a touch above average in wetness, so you can take full advantage of the broad spectrum of inks available today.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, XF, posted

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Fountain Pen, Carmine, XF

(Sold) This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Vac fountain pen in striated Carmine celluloid, with gold-filled trim, and a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime Triumph 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 (by hand). This is a medium-size pen, measuring around 126 mm capped (5"), and 12 mm (0.46") in diameter. It posts very nicely, like all Sheaffer wartime pens, so it should be comfortable even for people with larger hands.

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Fountain Pen, Carmine, XF. uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

When it comes to classy good looks, the wartime Sheaffer Statesman is definitely in my Top Five. Made of the highly coveted striated Carmine celluloid, the pen looks stunning. The material has such depth, such vibrancy, such shimmering character. The barrel has excellent transparency, and the gold-filled trim looks superb. The imprint is strong. Quite honestly, the pen looks as good as any modern luxury pen and would feel right at home sharing a display case with the latest Montegrappa or Visconti. And, this is the more desirable (and rare) Statesman variant, with a matching striated section and ink stored directly inside the barrel.

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Fountain Pen, Carmine, XF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

However, this pen also happens to be a fantastic performer. It is meant to post securely, so it should be perfectly comfortable for people with larger hands. It's balanced so well, it feels like an extension of your hand. When I put it to paper, I get this exquisite extra-fine monoline of about 0.4 mm. A line that never falters, never skips, or starves for ink. A line that impresses with its sheer willingness to perform. Unlike modern XF nibs, the Triumph has none of the usual toothiness or scratchiness, virtually regardless of your grip, holding angle, or writing pressure. A great pen for anyone wishing to improve their penmanship, particularly cursive, thanks to its impressively larger sweet spot and forgiving nature. And, it holds up to 1.6 ml of ink (using the two-stroke method).

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Fountain Pen, Carmine, XF, capped

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

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF

(Sold) This is a c. 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize fountain pen in striated Marine Gold celluloid, with gold-filled trim, and a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Lifetime XF nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough 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 was Sheaffer's largest pen at the time, marketed primarily towards men, measuring 5.25" capped and 0.49" in diameter.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF, uncapped

I've been getting a lot of questions regarding penmanship, and, in particular, advice on what fountain pens are most suitable for learning/improving one's handwriting. I appreciate the questions very much. However, it's somewhat difficult to come up with a good answer because handwriting is an incredibly personal thing, so generalizations, typically, are not very helpful. Still, if I were to pick one pen that is particularly suitable for penmanship improvement, it's the Sheaffer Triumph. If you have larger hands, then the Oversize model, such as this one, would be great.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

Sheaffer developed a truly unique nib and feed system for their 1942 Triumph. It was a radical departure from the conventional "open" nib, offering substantial improvements in ink delivery and writing performance. What makes the Triumph so good is its ability to write a consistent, fine monoline (this pen lays down a 0.3 mm line on my paper), without ever feeling scratchy or catching the paper. When we learn penmanship, we are required to practice a lot of rapid strokes, up, down, across, and curved. A conventional nib is going to have to be held in a strictly constant position about the page (the "sweet spot") in order not to catch the paper or refuse to write altogether. The Triumph nib, on the other hand, has a very larger sweet spot and is much more forgiving of your holding angle and rotation about the page. Whether you write with your arm, hand, or fingers, the nib is going to respond in a very self-assured, resolute manner, giving you the confidence you need to keep improving. And, most importantly, it will make the otherwise tedious learning process that much more enjoyable thanks to to its easy, flowing, almost hovering movement.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF, nib close-up, with the rare matching section

This pen is in excellent condition, both functionally and cosmetically, holding up to 1.7 ml of ink (using the two-stroke method). There are no flaws or defects, just very minor surface wear, difficult to see with the naked eye. The gold-filled trim is in equally great shape, including the cap threads, which typically did not wear very well on this model. Barrel transparency is very good. The imprint is strong. Note that this is the more rare and desirable early model, with a matching section and the barrel acting as the ink reservoir.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF, capped

Parker "Striped" Duofold Senior Fountain Pen, Vacumatic, Green & Gold, XF

(On hold) This is a 1943 Blue Diamond Parker "Striped" Duofold Senior Fountain Pen, a Vacumatic filler, in Green & Gold celluloid, with gold-filled trim, and a 14k gold XXF nib. This was a Parker flagship model, a large pen, measuring 5.3" capped and 0.48" in diameter.

Parker "Striped" Duofold Senior Fountain Pen, Vacumatic, Green & Gold, XF, uncapped

Parker's Duofold has been the flagship model for decades, a pen that embodies elegance, class, beauty, and all-day writing comfort. A supremely beautiful, luxurious-looking pen, it resembles a Medieval stained-glass window, a true work of art. It's also a pen with superb ergonomics, with a streamlined, graceful shape, undisturbed by a filling contraption, and a very comfortable, slightly tapered section. The pen should be suitable for the vast majority of users, including those with large hands.

Parker "Striped" Duofold Senior Fountain Pen, Vacumatic, Green & Gold, XF, nib profile

I could go on at length about the amazingly rich, vibrant, semi-transparent celluloid, and the high-capacity, efficient filling mechanism, but, truly, the star of the show is the 14k gold nib. Duofold nibs are renowned for their reliable performance, day in, day out, on all kinds of paper, with all kinds of ink, able to accommodate a broad variety of writing techniques, grips, degrees of writing pressure, etc. The nib was engineered to take advantage of the proprietary gold alloy, with its unique elasticity and vibration-dampening properties. The shape,continuously varied in thickness, further enhances these properties, while the tipping material adds a measure of reliability. Parker's engineering prowess allows the Janesville company to create a writing surface both smooth and "grippy," a nib tuned to write at the lightest touch, yet taking increased pressure in stride. This nib lays down a consistent XF line of about 0.3 mm (on my paper).

Parker "Striped" Duofold Senior Fountain Pen, Vacumatic, Green & Gold, XF, nib close-up

If you have been looking for a beautiful pen that writes the most enjoyable, dependable business cursive, look no further. If you are a lover of modern Japanese nibs, you're in for a real treat. And if you've been trying to take your penmanship to the next level, this pen might be just what your handwriting needs.

Parker "Striped" Duofold Senior Fountain Pen, Vacumatic, Green & Gold, XF, capped

The pen is in excellent condition, without any flaws or defects, and is priced at $199. Please, contact me if you're interested in ordering it, and I will email you a PayPal invoice. Shipping fees are listed on this page. Thanks!

Parker Vacumatic Major Fountain Pen, Golden Pearl, XF

(Sold)  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. The pen measures around 5.1" capped and 0.48" in diameter.

Parker Vacumatic Major Fountain Pen, Golden Pearl, XF, uncapped

Yesterday, I saw an amazing post on Instagram showing a trio of OMAS Arco celluloid pens, and it reminded me that it must be the most beautiful pen material ever made. My next thought was, how about the 1940s Parker Vacumatic? Quite frankly, the Golden Pearl celluloid must be at least in the same conversation as the Arco, quite possibly a runner-up. Wouldn't you agree?

Parker Vacumatic Major Fountain Pen, Golden Pearl, XF, nib profile

The celluloid exudes timeless beauty. The Vac has been around for decades, yet it manages to look fresh and exciting, while other classic designs have a somewhat more dated appearance. The shimmering, gleaming material explodes in a myriad of colors and patterns, most of which  unique to each individual pen. The stacking of the different layers of celluloid resulted in creating a semi-transparent barrel, which allows you to watch your pen fill (awesome!) and gauge remaining ink level with ease. It's such an ingenious design, and yet it remains unmatched by any modern acrylic, in my opinion. The pen really does make you smile, as if emanating warmth, pleasantness. The rich, vibrant browns and yellows certainly add to that perception, as does the unique tactile sensation that only vintage celluloid has.

Parker Vacumatic Major Fountain Pen, Golden Pearl, XF, nib close-up

Yes, the material is gorgeous, but the pen is also a top performer. The 14k nib, thanks to its ingenious design and manufacturing process, is a true expert at reducing paper vibrations and, thus, giving its owner a resolute, forthright, yet entirely cushioned ride. It's a rare nib that is made to be firm, yet feels soft. I tuned it to write at the lightest touch, as required by Parker, but it will also take increased pressure in stride, giving you more generous flow and a hint of line variation. The nib just wants to go, as if to attack the paper; it wants you to write more, making the most beautiful strokes, down, up, and across, including glorious curves (about 0.4 mm on my paper). It's a pen that wants to make you push yourself that much harder, write that much longer. It's such an exciting, wonderful thing to just pick it up, ink it up, and put it to paper. The reward is instantaneous.

Parker Vacumatic Major Fountain Pen, Golden Pearl, XF, material close-up

Parker Vacumatic Major Fountain Pen, Golden Pearl, XF, capped

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, XF

(Sold) This is a c. 1942 Sheaffer Triumph Vac fountain pen and mechanical pencil set in striated Golden Brown celluloid, with gold-filled trim, and a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Lifetime XF nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a gentle cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth. I work according to current best practices in pen restoration, and I use the highest quality replacement materials.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, XF, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

In my opinion, Sheaffer's Triumph gold point was the Iowa company's greatest achievement. It was a significant departure from anything that had come before. An entirely new, self-contained, efficient,  reliable system for delivering ink on paper. Today, we use fountain pens for fun, but back in the 1940s, they were indispensable tools, used all day, every day in all kinds of environments. A conventional fountain pen's Achilles heel was its somewhat unreliable, wet flow, which often caused problems, particularly on ordinary office paper. Such pens were also notorious for variability in performance as a function of grip, writing pressure, holding angle, even atmospheric conditions. Pen companies embarked on the pursuit of the Holy Grail of writing instruments, a pen that's as comfortable as it is reliable, as forgiving as it is precise, and as functional as it is beautiful. Both Parker and Sheaffer designed their ultimate pens, though they took entirely different approaches. For Parker, it was the 51, for Sheaffer, the Triumph vacuum filler.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, XF, nib profile, showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

The pen I'm offering today is a fantastic specimen of this wartime model. Made of the gleaming, shimmering, semi-transparent Golden Brown celluloid, with impeccable gold-filled trim, this is a gorgeous pen. It's a full-size pen,  measuring around 5.1" capped and 0.45" in diametervery comfortable to hold, posted or not. The pen fills efficiently, holding a lot of ink (up to 1.7 ml using the two-stroke method). The nib delivers a steady, yet controlled flow of ink, laying down a consistent line of about 0.4 mm (on my paper). It's smooth without compromising its writing ability, and it's capable of writing rapid strokes  in virtually all directions (including curves). Unlike conventional nibs, the Triumph resists drying out, even if left uncapped for a while. The nib's incredibly forgiving of your grip and writing pressure. It has that awesome willingness, such a resolute, paper-grabbing, line drawing ability, with every stroke, the nib just wants to go forward, as if attacking the page, providing a direct conduit to your thoughts. The geometry of the Triumph nib (with the characteristic upturned tip) is the continuation of everything Sheaffer had learned in their famous R&D labs, and a brilliant achievement of design and engineering. And, the best part is, now this pen and pencil set can be yours!

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, XF, capped

Parker Vacumatic Major Fountain Pen, Azure Pearl, XF

(Sold) This is a 1942 Parker Vacumatic Major fountain pen is Azure Pearl celluloid, with gold-filled trim, 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. The pen measures about 5.1" capped and 0.48" in diameter.

Parker Vacumatic Major Fountain Pen, Azure Pearl, XF, uncapped

The year 1942 was pivotal for the U.S. fountain pen industry. As the country entered the war, the pen companies were faced with significant difficulties, including severe material and labor shortages, and yet, both Parker and Sheaffer, were able not only to withstand the crisis, but also found a way to flourish, bringing us such awesome writing instruments as the Sheaffer Triumph and the Parker Vacumatic.

Parker Vacumatic Major Fountain Pen, Azure Pearl, XF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment.

The pen I'm offering today was made during the first year of Parker's shift toward the new "plastic" variant of the venerable vacuum filling mechanism, along a few minor design changes. The pen is in fantastic condition, without any flaws or defects, with gorgeous, vibrant celluloid, excellent barrel transparency (the warm tones you see in the photos), and excellent gold-filled trim. Quite simply, a fantastic pen! With the holiday season fast approaching, this would be a superb gift for a family member, a friend, or even yourself. 

The star of the show is the 14k gold nib. It's ground to write an XF line (about 0.3 mm on my paper) that is confident, self-assured, brimming with optimism. It's the kind of line that brings a smile to your face every time you write. You see the ink being deposited on the page in a perfect monoline, with a light touch, and a hint of line variation, if you press harder. A fantastically responsive nib, it will conform to your handwriting style, following your rapid strokes without question or hesitation. The nib has a great ability to dampen paper vibrations, which gives you that most coveted sensation of smoothness, yet without disconnecting you from the page, your writing, and your thoughts. The nib's genius is, partly, in its varying material thickness, to further optimize performance. It was made in a painstaking process, now mostly lost to us, in which writing performance was the absolute priority. If you're a fan of Japanese gold nibs, you're going to love this Vac, quite possibly wanting to add more than one to your collection.

Parker Vacumatic Major Fountain Pen, Azure Pearl, XF, capped

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, XF

(Sold) This is a c. 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize ("1250") fountain pen in striated Golden Brown celluloid, gold-filled trim, and a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime Triumph XF 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. The pencil has also been restored to full functionality, except the eraser is used up. The pen measures about 5.2" capped and 0.49" in diameter.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, XF, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

Sheaffer's advertising slogan, "This is the time to write," fits the Valiant I'm offering today perfectly! This is, truly, the kind of pen that just wants you to write with it and rewards you, each and every time, with incredibly satisfying, dependable performance. A large pen, the Valiant fits your hand like a glove, posted or not, and gives you that highly desirable cushioned ride across the paper. The nib is firm and has an XF point (about 0.3 mm on my paper), yet avoids feeling toothy, much like a lot of modern nibs of equal width do. That's thanks to the Iowa company's ingenious "rocker" design of the Triumph nib. It's a nib that doesn't have to be overpolished to feel smooth, and, as a result, never falters, never skips, or starves for ink.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, XF, nib tune-up

This is a somewhat rare model with a matching striated section and a transparent barrel, which also serves as an ink reservoir. This is preferred by collectors over the later model, which comes with a black section and a plastic inner sleeve, a sort of cartridge for storing ink inside the pen. The pen is made of the beautiful, striated celluloid that explodes into a multitude of shimmering tones, with incredible depth and chatoyancy. It's also very vibrant, with a deep, rich, gleaming dominant browns. The vacuum filing mechanism has been completely rebuilt, works efficiently, and holds up to 1.8 ml of ink (using the two-stroke method). There are no flaws or defects, either in the material or gold-filled trim, and the imprint is crisp. A fantastic specimen of Sheaffer's wartime flagship pen.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, XF, capped

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, XF

 

 

Parker Vacumatic Major Fountain Pen Azure Pearl, XF

(Sold) This is a 1944 Blue Diamond Parker Vacumatic Major fountain pen in Azure Pearl celluloid, with gold-filled trim, 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 (by hand). The pen measures about 5.1" capped and 0.48" in diameter.

Parker Vacumatic Major Fountain Pen Azure Pearl, XF, uncapped

If you have been in the fountain pen hobby for a few years, you, do doubt, have acquired a few awesome pens, such as a Lamy Safari, TWSBI Diamond 580, Pilot Custom 74, Platinum #3776, etc. Now, you're probably wondering if you should upgrade to a truly spectacular pen, such as an Aurora Optima, Pelikan M800, Montblanc LeGrand, etc. You're probably wanting to experience that superb feel in the hand, that amazing writing experience that takes your breath away, and, of course, you want a pen that's utterly beautiful. So what's stopping you? I think for most of us, it is the price. The cost of owning a spectacular "luxury" fountain pen is prohibitively high. If only you could be sure that the pen will, indeed, knock your socks off, that it will write perfectly out-of-the-box. You've probably read mixed reviews, and you're just not wanting to take the chance. Some people prefer to buy from a nib meister, who tunes each pen before sending it out, but that, typically adds extra cost. May I offer you an alternative, a restored, beautiful Parker Vacumatic that has been tuned, adjusted, thoroughly tested, and is guaranteed to write as well as Parker intended.

Parker Vacumatic Major Fountain Pen Azure Pearl, XF, nib close-up

The phrase I wrote comes from a Parker Vacumatic advertisement, and, I hope you agree, it's not difficult to imagine how otherworldly the Vac must have seemed to prospective Parker customers. With such a graceful, handsome, gorgeous design, a superb, partially transparent Azure Pearl celluloid, the high-capacity advanced filling mechanism, and the writing performance to match, this was, and continues to be, an unimaginably amazing writing instrument. And yet, it's real, can be enjoyed today, and is available for a lot less than a modern Italian or German top-tier pen.

Parker Vacumatic Major Fountain Pen Azure Pearl, XF, nib profile, showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

The pen writes a super confident, consistent XF line of about 0.3 mm (on my paper) with a light touch. It writes excellent rapid strokes in virtually all directions without ever feeling toothy or catching the paper. It's incredibly effective as a shock absorbing mechanism, so that your writing experience feels like a cushioned ride in a luxury sedan, yet without being disconnected from the paper. It's a sensation that has to be experienced to understand. It's just such a fantastic writer. And if you decide to push it harder, it will respond with a hint of line variation, giving you that awesome, joyful feeling and adding character to your handwriting.

Cosmetically, the pen is simply beautiful, without any flaws or defects. The material has such depth, such vibrancy, such chatoyancy. It shimmers, as if alive, yet it has retained quite a bit of transparency so it also fulfills a utilitarian purpose,  allowing you to gauge remaining ink level with ease.

Parker Vacumatic Major Fountain Pen Azure Pearl, XF, capped

The pen is priced at $189. Please, contact me if you're interested in ordering it. Shipping fees are listed on this page. Thanks!

Parker Vacumatic Major Fountain Pen, Azure Pearl, XF

(Sold) This is a 1945 Blue Diamond Parker Vacumatic Major in Azure Pearl celluloid, with gold-filled trim, 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 (by hand). The pen measures about 5.1" capped and 0.48" in diameter.

Parker Vacumatic Major Fountain Pen, Azure Pearl, XF, uncapped, with the blind cap removed

The Parker Vacumatic I'm offering today is everything I want in a fountain pen. It all starts with the design. It's a handsome, graceful, streamlined shape with superb ergonomics, posted or not. Next, the material, in this case, the gorgeous, highly coveted Azure Pearl celluloid, which has incredible depth, vibrancy, and excellent barrel transparency. The gold-filled trim is elegant, sparse, and adds a touch of luxury. The vacuum filling mechanism goes beyond today's ubiquitous C/C filler, and provides a large-capacity system that is as simple as it is efficient, a writer's dream. Finally, the nib and feed. One of the best such units ever made. No, it's not as technologically advanced as Sheaffer's Triumph, but it has amazing ink flow latitude, allowing a broad variety of tunings, to satisfy even the most discerning writer. 

Parker Vacumatic Major Fountain Pen, Azure Pearl, XF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

The pen is awesome, yes, but it is the nib that steals the show. It's a beautifully made 14k gold nib, with ample tipping material, of perfect geometry. The incredible property of this nib is its ability to provide a smooth, cushioned ride, without compromising writing ability. While a lot of modern gold nibs are optimized for smoothness, their overly polished writing surface is prone to develop flow issues, particularly hard-starts. Parker came up with just the right kind of tipping geometry for the Vacumatic nib. It's a nib that never falters, never skips, never starves for ink. If you write with a light touch, it will give you a superb, consistent monoline. If you press harder, it will reward you with a hint of line variation, and will instantly add character to your handwriting. You put it away for a few minutes uncapped, no problem, it will start back up the instant you put it to paper. The oversize ebonite feed, with its broad ink and air exchange channels, does a great job buffering ink and regulating its flow, delivering just the right amount of ink to the nib's point, responding to your most subtle variations in pressure, angle, and rotation. With light pressure, the pen writes an XF line of about 0.3 mm, but will open up nicely with increased pressure, giving you an almost semi-flexible character.

The pen is in excellent overall condition, without any flaws or defects, with gorgeous color and very nice barrel transparency. The gold-filled trim is in equally great shape. The imprint is strong.

Parker Vacumatic Major Fountain Pen, Azure Pearl, XF, capped

Parker Vacumatic Major, Golden Pearl, XF Semi-Flex

(Sold) This is a 1945 Blue Diamond Parker Vacumatic Major in Golden Pearl celluloid, with a transparent barrel, gold-filled trim, and a 14k gold XF Semi-Flex 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). The pen measures 5.1" capped and 0.48" in diameter.

Parker Vacumatic Major, Golden Pearl, XF Semi-Flex, uncapped, with the blind cap removed

In 1945, the U.S. fountain pen industry was thriving, despite a severe economic crisis, including material and labor shortages. Parker continued making its highly-successful Blue Diamond Vacumatic pens, perfecting their design and manufacturing process. The pen I'm offering today is a great example of the model, made out of the gorgeous Golden Pearl celluloid, with an awesome 14k gold XF semi-flexible nib. The pen looks virtually as good as new. The shimmering, gleaming celluloid has incredible depth and vibrancy. The gold-filled trim is in equally great shape. Barrel transparency is so good, it looks as though the pen had never been filled. The imprint is strong. And the nib, oh the nib!

Parker Vacumatic Major, Golden Pearl, XF Semi-Flex, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

Despite some obvious similarities, each pen I restore is unique. I select from among vintage pens that can, potentially, make excellent daily writers, even for people who are new to the fountain pen hobby. Sometimes, I come across a pen that's special. This pen is one of those pens.

Parker Vacumatic Major, Golden Pearl, XF Semi-Flex, nib close-up

What makes it special? Yes, it's in amazing cosmetic condition and has been overhauled, serviced, and ready for your favorite ink. But what makes it truly awesome is the nib. The nib will be particularly appealing to those of you who like Japanese fine and extra-fine nibs. It lays down a confident, self-assured line of about 0.3 mm (on my paper) when writing with a light hand (0.6" with increased pressure). It's been tuned to perform flawlessly at the lightest pressure, grabbing onto the surface of the paper and not letting go until you command it otherwise. If you press harder, the nib is going to respond with a pleasant "give," opening up just enough to give you a hint of line variation, adding character to your handwriting. No, it's not flexible enough for Spencerian or Ornamental Penmanship broad swells, but it will be great for a business cursive, and virtually any modern "small" handwriting.

The nib makes it a fantastically versatile tool. If you fill it with a dry ink, you'll be able to use it as a dedicated office writer. If you ink it up with a wet, saturated ink, you're going to get that awesome juicy flow, which, combined with the line variation, is going to bring the best out of your inks, particularly shading, even sheen. It's a very fine point, yet it's very smooth and easy to use. Quite honestly, this nib is likely to outperform a lot of modern gold nibs, unless, of course, you prefer very firm nibs, such as those on a Platinum #3776.

This pen would be an ideal first "top-tier" vintage pen for a fountain pen enthusiast, and it would make a fantastic Christmas gift for a family member or close friend. If you intend this to be a present, please, let me know and I will include a nice gift box with the pen.

Parker Vacumatic Major, Golden Pearl, XF Semi-Flex, capped

Pelikan Souverän M800, Red Stripe, XF

(Sold) This is a Pelikan Souverän M800 Fountain pen in Red Stripe celluloid, with black accents, gold-plated trim, and an 18k gold, two-tone XF nib. The pen has been restored, which included a gentle cleaning, an adjustment and lubrication of the piston mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth.

Pelikan Souverän M800, Red Stripe, XF, uncapped

Few modern pens can boast a heritage as rich as the Pelikan Souverän series. The M800, in the gleaming Red Stripe celluloid, is one of the best fountain pens made today. A superbly well-balanced pen, the M800 feels comfortable despite being somewhat large. It posts very well, too, so it should be comfortable even for people with large hands. 

Pelikan Souverän M800, Red Stripe, XF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

The pen writes a gorgeous XF line of about 0.4 mm (on my paper) that is wet, consistent, and utterly enjoyable. The 18k gold nib is huge, with ample tipping material, so it gives you a superbly cushioned ride. It writes without hesitation, without skipping. It should be a fantastic all-around daily writer, capable of completing both personal and professional tasks.

Cosmetically, it is in excellent condition, having seen very little use in the past. The material has excellent color depth and vibrancy. The gold-plated trim is in equally great shape.  Quite honestly, the pen looks as good as new. If you plan to use this pen as a gift, please be sure to let me know and I will include a gift box with the pen.

Pelikan Souverän M800, Red Stripe, XF, capped

Parker Vacumatic Major, Emerald Pearl, XF

(SOLD) This is a 1945 Blue Diamond Parker Vacumatic Major in Emerald Pearl celluloid, with 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 (by hand). 

Parker Vacumatic Major, Emerald Pearl, XF, uncapped, with the blind cap off

In 1945, the world lay in ruins. I grew up in a country ravaged by wars, suffering decades of unrest and poverty following the conclusion of WWII. It's difficult for me to imagine a parallel world in which the Parker Vacumatic could have been conceived, brought to market, and enjoyed by millions. The magnitude of Parker's success is staggering, though, today, with the pen industry being a mere shadow of what it once was, it might be hard to appreciate it.

Parker Vacumatic Major, Emerald Pearl, XF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

The Janesville company ran a successful series of advertisements highlighting the new filling mechanism. Indeed, the Vacumatic mechanism was revolutionary at the time. It's easy to use, efficient, and holds a lot of ink. Moreover, the plunger is hidden by a cleverly designed blind cap, which does not disturb the graceful lines of the pen, as a lever mechanism unavoidably would.

Today, in the market dominated by C/C fillers, the Vacumatic seems like a pen from another era, an almost ancient piece of technology. It's only natural, particularly for new fountain pen enthusiasts to wonder if it works well, if it's durable, easy to use, and if it's superior to disposable ink cartridges. I can assure you that a well-restored Vacumatic filling mechanism functions perfectly and will give you years of dependable service. Just be careful not to let ink dry up inside your pen repeatedly, or the internal pieces may become inoperable.

The pen I'm offering today is a beautiful specimen of the Vacumatic Major. Made of the gleaming, shimmering Emerald Pearl celluloid, with superb gold-filled trim, and a large 14k gold nib, the pen looks virtually as good as new. If you saw it in a display case next to the latest Montegrappa or Visconti, you'd absolutely think it belonged alongside those expensive modern gems. 

The pen comes vested with a fantastic XF nib that lays down a consistent, juicy line of about 0.3 mm (on my paper). The nib is firm, yet feels soft on paper. There's ample tipping material, of perfect geometry. Clearly, this pen did not see much use back in the 1940s, and must have spent the subsequent decades put away safely, in favorable conditions. The pen writes a line that never hesitates, never skips, never starves for ink. It is smooth without being overly polished. It writes excellent upstrokes, at the lightest touch. It would be a perfect nib with which to writes a business cursive or American Cursive Handwriting. It would probably not make a great office paper, as ink flow is a bit too wet for the poor-quality office paper, unless you use a dry ink, such as Diamine Registrar's Blue Black. You would be hard-pressed to find a modern nib of equal performance and enjoyable feel on paper. Even the best Japanese nibs aren't as efficient at absorbing vibrations resulting from dragging the point across the paper. A superb writer!

Parker Vacumatic Major, Emerald Pearl, XF, capped

 

 

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Clipless, Golden Brown, XF

(Sold) This is a c. 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Vac-filler Clipless in striated Golden Brown celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Lifetime XF 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). 

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Clipless, Golden Brown, XF, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended.

I've written at length about Sheaffer's wartime design and engineering capabilities, and I hope I've been able to show that the Iowa company truly was one of the leaders of the pen industry. Sheaffer can be credited with a number of significant innovations in the area of fountain pen design, and even if some of these innovations were not entirely Sheaffer's original ideas, it was Sheaffer who was responsible for implementing and popularizing such features. 

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Clipless, Golden Brown, XF, nib profile

This particular pen is the epitome of Sheaffer's "progressive engineering and watch-like precision." A pen that is as beautiful as it is functional, this feature-rich writing instrument is likely to give its user the performance they seek while also being a source of endless joy. For me, personally, the Triumph is the ultimate fountain pen, where every bit of the design has a functional role to play. The beauty of the striated celluloid, the semi-transparent barrel, the vacuum filling mechanism, the quarter-turn cap threads, the slightly tapered, comfortable section, the incredible balance (posted or not), and the incredibly precise, dependable, and consistent Triumph nib and feed system. Man, you gotta love this pen!

The pen I'm offering today is in excellent condition, with a vibrant, warm-to-the-touch celluloid and excellent gold-filled trim. The imprint is strong, the vacuum filling mechanism efficient, and the clipless cap adds quite a bit of character to this pen.

The Triumph nib is a rare nib that is as suitable for highly skilled penmen as it is to absolute beginners. An XF writer, the nib lays down a line of about 0.4 mm (on my paper) under the lightest touch. It does so without ever catching the paper or refusing to write, regardless of the direction and rapidity of your strokes. Better still, it has the beginner-friendly properties of having a large sweet spot and writing equally well with a heavy hand. Ink flow is generous, and, most importantly, consistent, thanks to the oversize ebonite feed's excellent buffering capability.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Clipless, Golden Brown, XF, capped

The pen is priced at $129. Please, let me know if you're interested in ordering it and I will email you a PayPal invoice. Shipping fees are listed on this page. Thanks!

Sheaffer Balance Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XXF

(Sold) This is a late 1930s White Dot Sheaffer Balance Vac-filler in striated Marine Green celluloid with a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime XXF 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 hand polish. This is a full-length slender White Dot Balance, measuring 5.4" capped with a barrel diameter of 0.42". I work according to current best practices in pen restoration and I use high-quality replacement components.

Sheaffer Balance Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XXF, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

In the 1930s, the fountain pen was the writing instrument of choice in the office. Most office personnel would have outstanding penmanship and employ it all day, every day for the majority of clerical tasks. The Balance was Sheaffer's most successful model, and the White Dot Lifetime variant, carrying lifetime warranty, was its flagship. It was was beautiful as it was functional. A truly superb example of the successful marriage of art and engineering.

Sheaffer Balance Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XXF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

The phrase I wrote comes from an old penmanship book, used frequently to train office workers. I can easily imagine the pen I'm offering today in the hand of an a book keeper, a secretary, or an office manager. Thanks to its large ink capacity, it probably needed filling once a week, and thanks to its fantastic XXF nib, it was most likely a very versatile tool, capable of writing a precise line on all kinds of paper, including carbon copy.

How does it write? I'd describe this nib as very precise. Ink flow is a touch above average, which gives you most options in terms of ink and paper choices. Fill with an iron-gall dry ink, and it will write perfectly on copy paper, ink it up with a wet, lubricated conventional ink, and it will bring out its beautiful color depth, shading, even sheen. The nib writes at the lightest pressure, and would be an ideal instrument with which to write or learn a business cursive handwriting. The resulting line of about 0.3 mm is confident, consistent, and utterly enjoyable.

The Marine Green celluloid is gorgeous, with excellent vibrancy and depth. Barrel transparency is outstanding, as is the gold-filled trim. The imprint is strong. A truly gorgeous specimen!

Sheaffer Balance Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XXF, capped

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF

(SOLD) This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Vac fountain pen in striated Marine Green celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Lifetime 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 (by hand). This is a full-size pen, measuring 5.15" capped and 0.45" in diameter.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

Sheaffer was a mighty brand in the 1940s. Today, we take advanced R&D from companies such as Apple and Google for granted, but in wartime America, Sheaffer was a pioneer, a leader in precision product design and manufacturing. For the Iowa company, "the laboratory was the quality proving ground for all new materials, all new designs," and it is thanks to the progressive engineering and "watch-like precision" conceived in the lab that we can enjoy Sheaffer pens today, decades later. 

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF, nib profile

It's no secret that celluloid can be a very tricky material to manufacture and to ensure its long-term viability. Even today, only a handful of pen companies use celluloid anymore, precisely because of how labor-intensive and unstable it can be. However, Sheaffer did succeed in creating a celluloid of superb quality and breathtaking beauty. The vast majority of Sheaffer pens I've worked on showed no signs of material deterioration, unless they had been abused or stored in severely unfavorable conditions. It's fair to say that a well-restored Sheaffer celluloid pen is going to last for years to come, giving its new owner a reason to write.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF, nib close-up

The pen I am offering today is made of the gorgeous striated Marine Green celluloid, with very good barrel transparency and a rich, vibrant color and depth. The pen is in excellent condition, showing only minimal signs of use. The pen is so gorgeous, so comfortable, so efficient as a writing tool that it's likely to bring a smile to your face every time you pick it up. With a completely rebuilt filling mechanism, the pen is a writer's dream.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF, capped

The Triumph nib is a superb example of Sheaffer's advanced writing system. Yes, it's not just a nib, it's an entirely different ink delivery system, never before (or after) seen on a fountain pen. The system is particularly adept at regulating ink flow, regardless of atmospheric conditions, ink, paper, or writing technique. With an oversize ebonite feed, you can be sure the pen will never starve for ink or refuse to write. The nib is ground to have two writing surfaces, a feature that inspired Sailor to employ it on its high-end Naginata Togi nibs. The nib is firm, yet feels soft, as it effortlessly glides across the paper. Are you left-handed? Do you write with a death grip? Do you have a heavy hand? No problem! The nib can take it all in stride. It writes a line of about 0.4 mm (on my paper), which makes it close to a Western XF, yet without the toothiness typically associated with extra-fine nibs. If you've been wanting a pen with a superb writing performance, a precise, enjoyable line, and a handsome, classy appearance, look no further!

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF, posted

Parker Vacumatic Major, Golden Pearl, XF Full-Flex

(Sold) This is a 194  Blue Diamond Parker Vacumatic Major fountain pen in Golden Pearl celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone XF Full-Flex 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. This is a full-size pen, and it measures 5.1" capped and 0.48" in diameter.

Parker Vacumatic Major, Golden Pearl, XF Full-Flex, uncapped

Parker make a few kinds of nibs for its highly successful Vacumatic line. They all share one thing in common - a superb writing performance. The nib's ability to write a consistent, juicy line and its soft, gliding feel rank among the best ever made. Today, decades after the last Vacumatic left the factory, very few modern nib makers can boast a similarly high level of nib design, engineering, and craftsmanship. Most Vacumatic nibs are of the firm variety. After all, the pen was guaranteed for life (the Blue Diamond series), and a firm nib was more resilient to heavy-pressure writing. The Janesville company also made a semi-flex nib, which is less common, but equally good in terms of performance. A discerning customer was  also able to special-order a fully flexible nib that was designed specifically for Spencerian and Ornamental Penmanship. Such nibs are very rare today, and, understandably, remain highly sought after by calligraphers and collectors alike.

Parker Vacumatic Major, Golden Pearl, XF Full-Flex, nib profile

The pen I am offering today comes vested with a rare, two-tone XF Full-Flex nib. With light pressure (i.e., "normal writing"), the pen writes a fantastic XF line of about 0.3 mm. With increased pressure, the tines open up with ease to produce a wide and juicy line of up to 1.3 mm, with excellent snap-back. Many flexible vintage nibs on the secondary market have signs of having been abused, flexed outside of their normal range. This nib, however, is perfect, virtually without any signs of use. It has ample tipping material, of excellent geometry. The tines are perfectly aligned, and I tuned the nib to write a somewhat wet line with light pressure so that you can take advantage of its ability to write a beautiful hairline with a light hand. For the best calligraphic effect, I recommend that you use a dry-writing ink (here, a KWZ IG Violet #3), which will enable you to get very subtle gradations of line width, necessary for the graceful transitions between hairlines and swells in Ornamental Penmanship.

This pen will perform at its best in a skilled hand. If you don't have much experience with vintage flex nibs, I recommend that you go slowly and gently, at least at first. High-quality flex performance is not about how soft the nib is or how wide it opens up. Rather, it's about the nib's responsiveness to minute variations in pressure, and this nib excels at that.

Cosmetically, the pen is simply gorgeous, without any flaws or defects. The celluloid has a vibrant color of incredible depth and chatoyancy. Barrel transparency is very good, the imprint is strong, and the gold-filled trim as good as new. Quite honestly, this is a beautiful pen. The only issue is a very slight plating loss on the nib, which happens to the vast majority of 1940s Vacumatics, and it has no bearing on performance.

Parker Vacumatic Major, Golden Pearl, XF Full-Flex, 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.