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1947 Parker Vacumatic Jr Flex (If The Ideal Pen Exist, I May Have Found Mine)

1947 parker vacumatic jr flex

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#1 TheDutchGuy

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Posted 02 January 2020 - 16:21

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).

 

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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. 

 

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^—Such a wonderful nib!

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

 



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#2 Tom Kellie

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Posted 02 January 2020 - 16:54

~ TheDutchGuy:

 

From your detailed description it's an exceptional fountain pen.

 

Thank you for the text, the images, and the handwriting sample.

 

You're well equipped for writing in 2020.

 

Tom K.



#3 Honeybadgers

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 08:44

I'm a sucker for the stacked celluloid versions.

 

I have a green and brown model. one's quite flexible, the other is firm and fine.

 

Both write wonderfully. 

 

The only pen that pulls off the stacked celluloid better is the visconti divina metropolitan.


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Posted 03 January 2020 - 09:34

 

Both write wonderfully. 

 

 

 

I'll bet. I'd expected a good pen, but not that it would be this good. Basically I bought it to prevent myself from being tempted to buy a new MB 149 flex, a pen which was calling my name but costs way more than I should ever want to spend on a pen.


 

The only pen that pulls off the stacked celluloid better is the visconti divina metropolitan.

 

 

That's a very distinctive pen, but a bit too, well, um, gaudy for me. And too expensive.



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Posted 03 January 2020 - 16:13

Awesome pen! Thanks for sharing



#6 Honeybadgers

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 23:28

 

 

That's a very distinctive pen, but a bit too, well, um, gaudy for me. And too expensive.

 

also I would tell you to never buy one in general because ink gets caught between the section and its sleeve, discoloring it.

 

I have to dab silicone grease around the mouth whenever I ink it because I don't want that to happen.

 

And the clip misaligns on the body.

 

But I'm never. EVER. selling it.

 

It was just one of those things I saw and immediately decided was one of the most beautiful things I'd ever seen. As a pen, it is comfortable and writes well, but is generally pretty awful. But as a work of art, I adore it.


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#7 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 25 April 2020 - 18:56

Very good and durable pen, enjoy it. Thanks for the review


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#8 OMASsimo

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Posted 25 April 2020 - 22:22

Thanks for this interesting review and congratulations to that nice pen. I'm glad you got a really nice nib. I've never been lucky with the few Parkers I bought. Either I simply didn't like their nibs or they had other issues. I have a couple of very pretty, colourful Vacumatics from the 40s but I never use them because their nibs are fairly poor compared to all the other pens I have. Your review teaches me that there must be good Parker nibs, though I don't know where they are hiding...



#9 Estycollector

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Posted 25 April 2020 - 22:24

Does Ron charge more for "lovingly" restorations? Just kidding. Congratulations on your pen. Enjoy!!:)


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Posted 26 April 2020 - 00:23

 That's a wonderful Vacumatic!

 

 Enjoy your Vac, and may it last you a loooong time!

 

  :)



#11 Hanoi

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Posted 10 June 2020 - 22:30

the nib desgin on these vintage Parkers are so nice.  I wonder why they discontinued them on the later models.  Awesome review.







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