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Review: Parker Vacumatic Debutante

Review: Parker Vacumatic Debutante

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Before the crazy Monday shift starts, I decided to write a short review of this pen I acquired last week. It’s a Parker Vacumatic Debutante in azure blue and it’s been on my wishlist for as long as I’ve been collecting pens. I had a bit of hard time determining what kind of vacumatic this is because some parts of the pen don’t match the documentation available for it.

IMG_3830Based on the date code, this was made in the third quarter of 1941. This corresponds with the speedline plunger, double-jewel, and the blue diamond on the clip. However, the cap band was throwing me off. It was a little wider than the usual cap band for debutantes of its era, and it was also smooth, without the usual chevron design of Parker Debutantes. Luckily, there are people in the international FPN group that know way more about vintage Parker pens than I do. There are so many different variations of these pens, it can be so confusing sometimes. Apparently I got a debutante (not a sub-debutante, like I initially thought) that is off-catalog, which is uncommon. Azure blue is the more uncommon color of this small batch of debutantes for that year.

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L-R Parker Vacumatic Major, Junior, Debutante

Here’s a comparison of the clips. Isn’t the clip cute? It’s short and so adorable. I like these old Parker clips and how the arrow shows art deco inspiration. In person, they’re very detailed and elegant. Modern clips just don’t compare with these.

Below is a size comparison with my other Parker pens (debutante is at the rightmost). Considering that none of these are oversized pens, it is really pretty small. It’s even smaller than the Parker 51 special’s pencil, and that’s already small in my hand. I cannot get over the squee-ness of this pen.

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Here are a few close ups of the pen’s details. Look at that gorgeous blue diamond clip. As I mentioned in other Parker-related entries, this is the lifetime guarantee that Parker used to mark its products with until the regulations changed about these guarantees. The speedline filler was eventually replaced with plastic plungers because metals were used for the war effort.

My absolute favorite kind of Parker are the 51’s, but I love the celluloid rings of these vacs too. They are fascinating to look at. This is what I love about these kinds of pen. It’s virtually impossible to find two identical pens because each pen will have unique celluloid rings. I love the nib of Parker pens of this era. They are so sleek and the design really makes you feel like you’re writing with an arrow head. This pen writes so smooth. Like butter! Here’s a video of the writing sample.


The 14k gold nib is an absolute joy to write with. It’s like when I start writing, I don’t want to stop. It just glides on paper, and the ink it lays down is moderately wet. The nib is springy and wonderful.

Overall, I am so happy to add this to my collection. 🙂 Inner peace. For now.

Review: Parker Vacumatic Junior, Golden Brown

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Eversince I got my first Parker 51 Demi, I’ve developed a hankering for vintage Parker pens. I’m not keen in collecting a whole lot of them, just a few of the pretty colors. My first vacumatic was an Azure Pearl and that was gorgeous. I loved how it wrote and how it looked, I like everything about it. I first saw this very same pen during a pen meet with JP of Pentangeli Pen Spa and Nib Works and fell in love with it. So when he put it up for sale, it was a no-brainer.

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This pen is a gorgeous specimen of a Vacumatic Junior. It’s slightly shorter than a Major and has a pearl-colored jewel on the cap. While the blue vac major has a wide cap band, this one has two slim bands around the cap.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis pen also has no blue diamond on it. JP said that this pen was manufactured some time in the 1940’s. The size difference from the Vacumatic Major isn’t really noticeable. Except for the small details you’ll see when you look closer, you’d think they’re the same pens, just with different colors. The weight is pleasant, the section is smooth and it’s a great pen to use for long writing periods.

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I have to say that the celluloid rings on this pen are gorgeous. The golden brown hues have so much depth and character to them. I think this pair needs a emerald colored vac to round it off nicely. 🙂

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As the name implies, it is a vacumatic filler. It has a clear plastic plunger and, since it came from Mr. Pentangeli himself, the sac is healthy and the mechanism is working perfectly well.

The pen’s nib if very pretty. It seems to have wide wings that taper off to a slim point, giving you the feel that it’s almost like you’re writing with a quill. I think that Parker’s vacumatic nibs are elegantly designed and beautiful in their simplicity.

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I was already enjoying myself immensely while turning this beauty over and over in my hand, but the best part was when I inked it. The nib just glides over paper with a wet, fine line. It’s a beautiful writer. Probably one of the best in my collection. Here’s a video of the writing sample below:

Of course, I inked it with a lovely, rich brown ink–Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Guri. It is a perfect match. 🙂 For a seventy-something year old pen, this is in great condition and it writes even better than the modern pens that I have. I’m happy to add it to my collection.