What makes this hobby interesting to me is variety. A pen for every mood. Rotation. Admiration of each pen’s qualities as a writer. Appreciation of design philosophies. Etc. There’s never been a clear favourite that stands out above all others. Until now. Possibly (the day is young).
Two weeks ago, I received two vintage pens: an Esterbrook SJ with 9550 EF nib and this: a 1947 Parker Vacumatic Jr with flex nib. Both pens have been lovingly restored by RonZ. I fell for the Vacumatic Jr like a ton of bricks:
-it improves my handwriting
-it fits my hand like a glove, posted as well as unposted
-it’s small enough to comfortably fit in a shirt pocket
-the material feels lovely to the touch
-it allows me to write in a variety of styles and makes me appear a better writer than I actually am in each of those styles
-it holds plenty of ink (a necessity with a wet pen like this)
-the feel of the nib on paper is heavenly: it’s not glassy smooth, it’s very tactile, think Sailor and you’ll get the idea.
^—Such a wonderful nib!
At first glance the pen appears to be totally black, but it isn’t. In direct daylight or proper artificial light there is a pattern to be seen in the material.
The lighter parts are translucent, so basically the barrel is translucent and I can see how much there is left inside the pen. Gotta love it.
I’m not big on Parker. My only other Parker is a 51 from the fifties that I rarely use because the nib is a big, fat M-verging-on-B while I prefer EF (anybody have a nice EF lying around for a Parker 51?). But this little Vacumatic Jr... wow. Just wow.