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Parker Vacumatic Maxima-review


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#1 goodguy

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Posted 17 May 2008 - 21:51

Iíve been dreaming of a BIG Parker Vacumatic for a long time. I wanted either the Vacumatic O/S or the Maxima and indeed after a long time I found the pen I was looking for-a Maxima.
The pen had few issues when I got it but SMG said he can fix it and indeed he did.

Today at the pen meeting I got the pen and indeed he delivered.
The pen is beautiful all the cosmetic issues were addressed and resolved but how does it write?

Well lets start with the basics, this pen has a brown gold body with a thick band on the cap so that means that this is one of the older versions of this pen.
Itís not much longer then the standard models of the Vacumatic family but it is wider and feels much more natural and comfortable to use and write with.
This pen has the relatively rare broad nib, itís a big two tone nib with Parker arrow etched in the center of it. There is a big W on the feed and I assume it means WIDE.
In any case this pen does write wide and I am glad to say it is very smooth and juicy. I must admit I am not a big fan of B nibs but this one is so juicy and responsive I am sure I will get use to it fast. Everybody that tried the pen today in the meeting fell in love with the pen and loved the nib so I am sure I will learn very fast how to appreciate it.

The pen like most celluloid pens is light and very well balance, as I mentioned I always loved the Vacumatic pens and enjoyed writing with them but somehow if feels too small and narrow so the Maxima takes the wonderful characteristics on the Vacumatic family and put them in a bigger package. I totally understand now why they command such a high price in the market.

The golden/brown body and cap is beautiful, it is shiny and the pictures donít do justice to how nice and sparkly it looks. I also think the big cap ring matches the big thick pen and makes it looks powerful yet nicely esthetic.
Itís got 2 jewels in the top and bottom and the upper one has a jewel matching the body colour.

For those of you that want a BIG vintage pen there are few options like an O/S Balance and few Watermanís but I must tell you this pen has a wonderful charm to it and if you like the Vacumatic body design then there is very little competition to such a classic beauty that is also one of the best writers out there.

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#2 wvbeetlebug

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 02:55

Very nice. I like that striped jewel!

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Posted 08 June 2008 - 07:51

Very nice, a Maxima has been on my list for a bit. How does it compare size wise to lets say a MB 149?

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#4 gregamckinney

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Posted 08 June 2008 - 14:34

The Vacumatic is quite a bit smaller than the 149. I find the 149 to be too large to use for long periods, but the Sr. Max to be just right.

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#5 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 08 June 2008 - 17:13

The vac maxima is one of the pens on my buy list, one in green is on my wish list.
Pens are like watches , once you start a collection, you can hardly go back. And pens like all fine luxury items do improve with time

#6 goodguy

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 11:42

QUOTE(gregamckinney @ Jun 8 2008, 02:34 PM) View Post
The Vacumatic is quite a bit smaller than the 149. I find the 149 to be too large to use for long periods, but the Sr. Max to be just right.

Best regards, greg

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#7 IKWarren

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 16:12

Beautiful pen. It's pictures like this that is making me want my own.

#8 VirtuThe3rd

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 19:21

Nice review! Pics look beautiful. Thanks for the sharing this.
I'm looking forword your new review!!
Keep up great work. : )

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#9 goodguy

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 23:51

Nice review! Pics look beautiful. Thanks for the sharing this.
I'm looking forword your new review!!
Keep up great work. : )

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Will need a new pen to make new review, maybe a new Visconti :puddle:
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