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#1 SammyZadgan

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 07:35

I bought this pen a few weeks ago...its about time for a review...






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Posted 24 October 2008 - 01:01

Very nice review. Thank you, and I love the background on your picture.
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Posted 24 October 2008 - 01:36

Thanks for your contribution, Sammy. We don't have a lot of Vacumatic reviews at this point (which is odd, considering their popularity), so it's nice to see a new addition. Certainly, it sounds like the nib is beautifully tuned and that the diaphragm was refreshed (should have been, for that price).

Maybe one day we can cajole David_i (long time Vacumatic aficionado) to do a nice comparison review of his choicest selection of Vacumatics. wink.gif

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#4 Doug C

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 01:52

I am excited, in that, even though I have focused on modern pens for the last 30 years, I have started to get interested in vintage pens.
I got my first 51 this week, and I have my first Parker Vacumatic coming tomorrow (the Parker 51 is not without problems-but that is what i I'm prepared to deal with to get perfect vintage pens.).


(comments and suggestions welcome..).

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#5 SammyZadgan

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 02:17

DeaconKC...i would love to take credit for the pic...but this is the pic that was used by the seller on ebay for my pen...i would love to be able to take good pics like that one.

Doug C...personally i like the Vacumatic more than my other Parkers...i have 2 61's, one of which i want to sell...and i have a 51 as well. The Vac is find is much better.

hope you enjoy your Vac...and i would be interested to see which one you prefer more.

sammy

#6 Doug C

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 02:32

I don't know enough about them at this time, but mine is a silver, blue diamond, single jewel. That is all I know at this point.

I have enough of a gut feeling with the 51 that, if I have both of them properly restored, they will quickly become two of my favorite pens............
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#7 david i

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 02:37

delete redundant

Edited by david i, 24 October 2008 - 02:57.


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Posted 24 October 2008 - 02:41

QUOTE (david i @ Oct 23 2008, 10:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (MYU @ Oct 23 2008, 09:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Maybe one day we can cajole David_i (long time Vacumatic aficionado) to do a nice comparison review of his choicest selection of Vacumatics. wink.gif


Think this thread was one wink.gif

If not, that first pic represents a remarkable similarity in photographic style





Ahhh here it is i think. Pen 2313



Well, if it is that pen, I am very pleased it meets expectations. If just one that is of same sort, I'm glad to hear it behaves as a Vac should smile.gif

If an ebay seller "borrowed" my pic? Well, at least they are stealing from the best. vbg.gif

-d

Edited by david i, 24 October 2008 - 02:51.


#9 Doug C

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 20:21

I have a few more questions now that I have 1) lived with the 51 for a week, and 2) waiting for my Vacumatic. The 51 has had problems with being a very wet writer (it dumped ink on me the first day), and then getting a little dry or not starting up.
I noticed that the nib has a little flat spot so it might be that after 60 years of use, the person that had it wrote at a different angle than I did. Any ideas?

Also, how do you typically use a Vac? Do you keep one kind of ink in it, or flush them and move to another? Basically what I'm asking is, is it okay to leave ink in them for long periods of time with no ill effects (re: both the 51 and the Vac), and does it prematurely wear out the vac system to be constantly filling and cleaning.

I think I will send the 51 in to Main Street pens for a restoration and check up (other ideas?).

The jury is still out on Vacumatic, but I'm hoping it arrives today.

Thanks in advance for your expertise...
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Posted 24 October 2008 - 20:52

QUOTE (Doug C @ Oct 24 2008, 04:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have a few more questions now that I have 1) lived with the 51 for a week, and 2) waiting for my Vacumatic. The 51 has had problems with being a very wet writer (it dumped ink on me the first day), and then getting a little dry or not starting up.
I noticed that the nib has a little flat spot so it might be that after 60 years of use, the person that had it wrote at a different angle than I did. Any ideas?

Also, how do you typically use a Vac? Do you keep one kind of ink in it, or flush them and move to another? Basically what I'm asking is, is it okay to leave ink in them for long periods of time with no ill effects (re: both the 51 and the Vac), and does it prematurely wear out the vac system to be constantly filling and cleaning.

I think I will send the 51 in to Main Street pens for a restoration and check up (other ideas?).

The jury is still out on Vacumatic, but I'm hoping it arrives today.

Thanks in advance for your expertise...


Ron will do wonders with your 51, no worries. He has done hundreds for me and has 125 pens in hand now to get ready for my holiday Update.

If pen is flooding then not writing, might have pinhole in the sac. Should be curable.

Flat spot often is due to ham-fisted attempts at nib smoothening as much as through use. It is possible to wear out a nib, but takes LOTS of use to do it.

Given the Vac diaphragm is a rubber sac subject to typical degradation, AND receives more stress than typical sac in sac pen, it faces the same threats as any sac pen. It can be used as one uses any pen, but I favor not leaving ink unused in it for weeks, to dehydrate and damage the sac. If to put pen aside for weeks, i do favor flushing it before.

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 21:04

Thanks for the replies David.
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#12 arvadajames

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 22:57

Nice review. I am waiting for my first Vacumatic to arrive, should be any day now. I have 3 51's and dearly love them, so am hopeful that the Vacumatic relationship will be as good.

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 23:12

Excellent review. I have only one Vac (at this time), but I would like to add a blue one to the arsenal. Thanks for sharing!

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 11:55

I have one french made vac and I love it, I will surely add another vac someday.
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#15 SammyZadgan

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 06:34

David_i...

the picture is indeed similar to yours...i bought the pen off ebay...looks like he may have used your pic as one the pics.

its kinda scary though...luckily in this case the pen i got was in the same condition as the picture...but how can we be sure that ebay sellers post the right picture, or do they just rip off someone else's pic?

thanks to everyone else for their comments...

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 07:03

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