Parker Vacumatic

1945
About This Model

Vacumatics were Parker’s main product from 1933-1948, with overlaps representing the generation between the 1920s-30s Duofolds and the 1940s-50s 51s. As with every major generation of Parkers, the Vacumatics introduced significant product enhancement and innovation. “Vacs” were the first major vacuum filler, with a sealed pump pulling ink into the pen’s barrel. To see the ink, Vacumatic barrels were made with transparent celluloid, the transparent portions in narrow rings alternating with black and colored opaque rings. Finally, Parker’s own arrow clip first appeared with the Vacumatic. Over the years, they were produced in a wide variety of sizes, colors, patterns, and in three generations of pump technology. Today, Vacs have proven their durability by the vast number that are still available for restoration and new use.  Good, durable, attractive pens.

About This Pen

This Vacumatic is a Third Generation pen, from 1945, in Emerald Pearl. It has the typical plastic plunger and the rounded barrel of the third generation, and its date imprint is quite clear. At 128mm long (Parker measured the Vacs in mm), it is a Major. This pen is an excellent example: it is unmarked, and has very nice transparency for viewing the ink sloshing around inside, even though it is not considered a transparent pen. The gold trim is completely clean; imprint is complete and easily read. The nib is a medium, and it writes a wet fast line with a touch of softness.

This pen is not for sale.