Vintage Pens: Parker Vacumatic
Vintage Pens: 2114 Parker Vacumatic
As the Roaring Twenties ended, Parker wanted to innovate a pen more impressive than its Senior Duofold. The company wanted a pen that could hold unfathomable amounts of ink without a rubber ink sac. What would be millions of today's dollars were spent on researching and designing the THE VACUMATIC fountain pen. Parker Vacumatics used a vacuum-pump rubber diaphragm to fill an otherwise empty and see-through barrel. This hard-candy-red-marbled vintage pen was one of the earlier designs. It also was the first time Parker used its now globally renowned arrow logo. The date code is mostly faded away, but we think we see hints of a 2 or 3. We restored the lock-down filler with a new diaphragm. You can still see through parts of the barrel, but other parts are too badly stained. Click the headline for close-ups. The nib is 14k gold and writes a pretty nice wet medium line. It looks a little wonkier in the photo than it writes. Just light traces of feedback. Wider bodied but 12.1cm capped.