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Lovely Broad 51 Vac Nib!

vacumatic parker 51 broad nib stub nib

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#1 Inkysloth


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Posted 18 July 2019 - 18:20

Hi folks,

I had my eye on a 51 on Ebay that only had four fairly uninformative photographs and fairly minimal description (made in Canada, Parker 51), but the nib looked potentially interesting (though  a little out of focus) It could have been blurriness - or a very broad nib. I made an offer of £20, and figured at worst I would have a parts pen. 

Turned out to be a 1947 vac-fill 51 in reasonable condition, with a seriously broad stub nib. I've only dipped it so far, but it writes really nicely. I'm waiting for a diaphragm & shellac in the post (my last bottle of shellac dried out), and I've been soaking the nib in clean water for the last couple of days. I can't wait to get it up and running!

48316417931_f620f6a4ea_z.jpg51 Vac, broad stub nib by Robin Inkysloth, on Flickr

48316535572_1a793b606d_z.jpg51 Vac, broad stub nib by Robin Inkysloth, on Flickr

Edited by Inkysloth, 18 July 2019 - 18:27.

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Posted 18 July 2019 - 18:44

That looks to be a very nice nib, and a very good price of £20, even needing a new diaphragm. I have just bought a similar 51 Vac for the same price but with an ordinary broad nib.


Nice find

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Posted 18 July 2019 - 19:09

Wow.  You definitely scored on that one.  You may be in the running for "Sumgai of the Week" with that pen.

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Posted 18 July 2019 - 19:21

congratulations - how did the rest of us miss that. ;)

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Posted 18 July 2019 - 21:06

Great find! Broad and stub nibs on P-51’s are rare as hen’s teeth. Enjoy it.

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Posted 18 July 2019 - 21:36


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Posted 18 July 2019 - 21:51

I suspect I was watching that one as well, I did wonder why it finished early when the bids were still quite low, obviously your offer of £20 was enough to tempt the seller to end early. I bet with better pictures and patience the seller would have got more than £60 if it ran to it's conclusion.

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