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Vacumatic Nib - Oblique?

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#1 Inkysloth

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Posted 02 February 2019 - 23:22

I bought a Vacumatic from someone on Ebay because the nib was too tempting to miss. It's a nice pen, and seems to be working, which is a surprise. I assumed it was unrestored, but it's also well polished (too well - the barrel markings are no longer visible). But both striped jewels are present, so I'm happy :)
 

I think it's an oblique nib - happy to be corrected on this if it's not! 

46962433371_9bbd7ca7e0_z.jpgParker Vacumatic nib - oblique? by Robin Inkysloth, on Flickr

33087175098_7bd6ed3d8a_z.jpgParker Vacumatic slender lockdown, grey by Robin Inkysloth, on Flickr



 


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Posted 03 February 2019 - 17:11

Great nib!  Sure looks oblique to me.

 

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 19:55

Looks terrific to me too! How about showing us a example of its writing?

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 08:37

Not an easy to find nib.Congratulations. :)



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Posted 04 February 2019 - 14:48

Great nib. How about a writing sample?
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Posted 04 February 2019 - 21:17

A writing sample involves my handwriting - which, considering I'm a calligrapher, is awful! 

Anyway, please don't hold this against me:

46986300251_ec86bb3e6d_z.jpgVacumatic oblique nib sample by Robin Inkysloth, on Flickr

The nib definitely needs a bit of attention, but I'm not brave enough to do anything with it myself. I'm going to the London Pen Show in March, and will see if there's someone there that can check it out. 


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Posted 04 February 2019 - 22:54

Very nice find.  I love my Vacs, but they are pretty much all basic F nibs.  Nothing cool and exotic like that.

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 23:07

Neat handwring. Your idea of looking for someone to check the nib for you at the London Pen Show sounds great.
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Posted 05 February 2019 - 02:28

Looks like an after Parker treatment.
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Posted 05 February 2019 - 03:57

Looks like Canada made nib.
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Posted 05 February 2019 - 04:13

looks early Minuskin. but nice nib!


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Posted 05 February 2019 - 04:31

You may obtain different and possibly better results if you rotate the pen between finger and thumb through 15 degrees, anti clockwise as the degree of oblique on the double broad nib looks quite strong and that doesnt come out in your handwriting which makes me think that you are using the pen almost square on to the paper, this rotation  might  also help with the scratchiness. 

 

There is a first class nibsmith at the show but he is always busy, to the point that pens are left with him for work, it may therefore be better to send the pen ahead to be collected at the show, but if it is just smoothing (which is what it looks like) that is needed there are some very good vids on Youtube or helpful advice can be found on here.


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#13 Inkysloth

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 07:27

Looks like an after Parker treatment.


The W feed is right for a broad, stub, or oblique nib, so I thought it original. What makes you think its an alteration?

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 07:28

Looks like Canada made nib.


Thats entirely likely - we get a lot of Canadian Parkers here. Ill have a peer into the section to see if I can peep at the imprint!

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 07:44

You may obtain different and possibly better results if you rotate the pen between finger and thumb through 15 degrees, anti clockwise as the degree of oblique on the double broad nib looks quite strong and that doesnt come out in your handwriting which makes me think that you are using the pen almost square on to the paper, this rotation  might  also help with the scratchiness. 
 
There is a first class nibsmith at the show but he is always busy, to the point that pens are left with him for work, it may therefore be better to send the pen ahead to be collected at the show, but if it is just smoothing (which is what it looks like) that is needed there are some very good vids on Youtube or helpful advice can be found on here.


I definitely need to get the rotation right- Im used to writing with square-cut dip nibs so an oblique cut is completely new to me.

Who is the nibsmith thatll be at the show? Ill drop them a message to see if they have time to do this nib.

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