I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, section, breather tube, cap and barrel. Replaced the old diaphragm with a new, properly sized one. Hand polished the Nickel Plate Split Arrow Blue Diamond Clip, Jewelers Coin Stacked Cap Band and 14K Split Arrow NIB. Cleaned, Buffed, Polished and Waxed the barrel, cap and blind cap to bring back the vibrancy and to protect the material of the fountain pen. This Parker Vacumatic is a major size, which measures 5 1/8" in length capped and 6" posted.
This fountain pen cap and barrel are in magnificent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs with the cap always securing tightly to the barrel. The cap has the Split Arrow Blue Diamond Nickel Plate Clip that displays no wear or brassing. The Jewelers Coin Stacked Cap Banding displays some minor brassing on the bottom edge of the banding. The top jewel is black and looks great with a high shine. The barrel is clearly stamped with, "Geo. S. Parker Vacumatic Made in U.S.A. with the 1945 date code in the fourth quarter". The transparency of the barrel is excellent, an individual can see through the barrel, albeit with very light ambering. The blind cap securely fits.
The Vacumatic Filling System works great, typically in my tests, with water about 5-7 presses to fill full. I have greased the filling unit and operates smoothly with flawless function.
The Parker NIB is a 14K gold split arrow NIB and has a medium point measuring roughly .69mm when measured with digital calipers. The Parker NIB displays the date code for 1945 in the third quarter. When writing a sample the NIB writes with a fine to double broad stroke line. The writing sample provided, the thinnest line measures at .48mm and the double broad stroke line measures 1.50mm with firm to medium pressure when measured with digital calipers. The sample was done with the actual pen in the images that is listed for sale. The writing sample was used by dipping the NIB in Parker Quink Blue-Black Ink.
Any specks of white in the images are from the cotton cloth that I used to wipe clean the barrel and cap.
The color on this Parker Vacumatic Fountain Pen display a gorgeous Silver and Black Pearl. This Parker Vacumatic would grade Excellent. Certainly a wonderful fountain pen that is ready to write or just add to your writing arsenal collection.
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