1939 was a very historic year, from a world perspective. From a pen perspective, it was the year that this Parker Vacumatic was created and sold. This is my first Parker pen and this is the pen I purchased from Bradford Ink which I featured in my previous post.
I love this finish. I want to say it is celluloid but I am not 100% on that. What I do know is that it is brown and pearl and looks stunning in direct light. There is a small amount of translucency into the filling mechanism under certain light which is useful, especially when trying to clean it. This finish is reflected in the more modern pen offering by Visconti in the Wall Street model.
This pen is very well balanced and for the age of this pen, has held up wonderfully. There is some wear on the cap band but otherwise is almost new looking. The classic Parker clip is present and has been cleaned and according to the gentleman I purchased it from, it has been fitted with a new sack so it was ready to fill and go.
The nib is a 14K gold nib and needed some tuning. It was a typical fine tip as was common to the time and had quite a bit of feedback. I generally prefer a smoother writing experience with a hint of feedback and after some tuning love, it is now butter smooth and a pure joy to write with. The nib has the Parker arrow etched into the nib with the arrow body pointing to the page when writing.
The vacuum filling mechanism works well and has a nice amount of resistance and holds a bit of ink but not a copious amount by any means. The flow is moderate and not a gusher which is fine but the flow is adequate for standard writing and fast writing sessions.
I love the pen, I am very happy with the purchase and once again, I will definitely purchase from Bradford Ink again.
This review is based off of my experience and opinion and I am not representing Parker nor am I being compensated in any way for this review.