I took my first jump into vintage pens at the Triangle Pen Show with a user-grade Parker Vacumatic - 1945 Green Emerald Major. It's a fascinating pen and I am very much enjoying it, except I'm a little stunned at just how WET this pen is.
After dipping and filling it at the show after purchase, the seemingly fine nib wrote a line closer to a western M (at least to me) than a fine. I prefer finer lines, and I had Deb Kinney grind it down to a western EF, and it seemed true to size initially, but after filling it with Iroshizuku Tsuki-Yo at home, it has gotten gradually wetter and wider, and is putting down a prodigiously wet line of ink. I also recall feeling like the nib had some tooth when I tested it at the show, but now it is almost completely smooth, which I'm guessing is due to the lubrication from how much ink it's putting out.
I've gotten to the point of wiping the feed and nib before writing with it to help it write a bit drier. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the bold line it writes, but it's a bit too wet and wide for my preferences, though I could live with it. I want to use it as a journaling pen but with the way it writes now it would be more suited as a correspondence pen since I write a bit smaller in my journal.
I want to ask you all if this is just a normal characteristic of a Vacumatic, and if not, is there anything I should be concerned about? Is Iroshizuku ink a poor pairing for a Vacumatic or should I be concerned about the components?
Edited by flyingpenman, 12 June 2018 - 01:25.