Parker Vacumatic Jr. 1948

Up for your consideration is this Parker Vacumatic Jr. in black. This pen is like new. I seriously doubt it was filled with ink before I tested it. Take a look at the clear sections of the barrel! You will rarely find a pen with this level of clarity! I have replaced the diaphragm since the old rubber would have failed, tested, and cleaned it up a bit. The nib leaves a nice medium line, and writes silky smooth! Get this pen just for $75 plus shipping!

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Parker Vacumatic – Gold Pearl, Major/Full Size

Here is a fine pen for your collection. This gold pearl Vac is a wonderful writer, and a looker! There are some marks on the cap band you should note. I tried to get the defects in the pictures, so take a look. I also included a size comparison between to a Parker 51 and a demi size Vac. This pen measures a little over 5 1/16″ capped. New diaphragm installed, tuned, smoothed, tested and ready for you. Similar pens go for $200! Get this one for $85 plus shipping!

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[SOLD – This pen is going to California!] Gold Bond – semi-flex!

Well, here is a pen for you to check out… finally! Life has been busy up here in Washington and I haven’t been able to devote a lot of time to my pens lately. Sorry :).

So this pen is a “Gold Bond” semi-flex. This is a pen that was marketed by Montgomery Ward back in the 1930’s. The pen is likely a Waterman’s pen which was essentially rebranded for this store. The nib on this pen is large, and it is 14k gold. The gold value alone is somewhere in the $30-50 range all by itself! Since I have been so slow posting pens, I will let this one go for the screaming price of $30 (plus shipping)! That is what I charge for an average restoration, and you get a pen too!

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Trip to Sri Lanka (days 1-3)

Well, we are finally back in the US. We have actually been back for a couple of weeks, but my wife and I have been busy working and settling into our new home. As promised, I am going to share some pictures of our adventure over the next few posts.

My wife and I began our trip by meeting her family in San Francisco. We then flew overnight to Singapore. We arrived in Singapore around mid-day for a planned two day stop-over.

For our first evening/dinner we planned on meeting some friends in the Gardens by the Bay First we checked into our lodgings, then made our way to the gardens. Not but a few moments after we stepped out of the hostel we were greeted with a torrential downpour.


We were not well prepared for rain, but fortunately the rain cleared after about ten minutes and we were on our way.

The public transportation system is fabulous in Singapore! Though I enjoy the convenience of driving my own car, in Singapore you can get around quite well via bus or MRT (essentially Singapore’s subway system). Without too much difficulty our group made our way to the gardens, and we were greeted with this!


Opulence was the word that kept coming to my mind. This garden was way over-the-top!

From the same vantage point we could also see the skyline of the city to the right.


Beautiful, right?

Just in case you are wondering, the curved building in the right side of the picture is a giant hotel that has a cruise ship on top. We had a better view of it from our lodgings.


Like I said, opulence… The gardens are on the far side of the hotel from this vantage.

Much to my chagrin I had to pose for a lot of pictures. So here is one at the breakfast table.


That is my sister-in-law to my right, trying to drink out of my water bottle… If you have seen other pictures of me you will notice that the beard is gone. Sad day. Oh well, maybe I will be able to convince the wife to let me grow it again.

Our first stop of the day was a “food tour.” This was a small shop where we learned about the history, and unique culture of Singapore. The tour also involved a dress-up session… and more pictures. Hooray… 😉


One unexpected benefit of our visit was the arrival of the first lady of Singapore! Of course I didn’t know who she was, but the owner of the shop let us in on the secret! With the arrival of such a dignitary, we got the impression that it was time for us to depart.

Our next stop was Singapore’s Botanic Garden (apparently not botanical garden(s)…). Sticking with the theme of ‘opulence,’ the gardens were impressive. One of the main attractions was the orchid garden.

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above: Not an orchid, but pretty cool

below: definitely an orchid


We spend most of the second half of the day walking around the different gardens. After a few hours we headed back to the hostel and turned in for the night.

For our final day in Singapore we went to Sentosa Island. This seemed to be the recreational center of the nation. There were a number of theme parks, museums, and other attractions on the island. My wife and I chose to check out the aquarium. I can safely say that I have never seen an aquarium like this one. I believe it boasted the largest tanks in the world… and they were huge!

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Following our trip to Sentosa we made our way back to the hostel, packed up our luggage and headed to the airport to complete our trip to Sri Lanka.

In short, if you get a chance to visit Singapore I would recommend it!

Sri Lanka, here we come!

My wife and I are finally getting settled in our new home in Washington State. We now live in a country house outside of the town of Prosser. The house is situated on several acres of land, surrounded by friendly neighbors, and cows :). My wife is especially fond of the cows.

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We spent much of last week trying to unpack everything, while also trying to pack and prepare for our trip to Sri Lanka! Yes, Sri Lanka! I have never visited Sri Lanka, but my wife is a veteran of the country. My wife and her family have made frequent trips to the island country to visit her grandmother and several other family members. Since this trip is primarily a social call, my wife and I will meet her parents and siblings in San Francisco tomorrow (7/6), then we will make the trek to Grandmother’s house together.

I will be sure to include some pictures of our adventure in my next post. Hopefully, I will be posting pens again sometime near the end of the month. Sorry to keep you waiting!



Moving Day

Hello everyone,

I am sorry that I haven’t posted more pens. I have several pens in progress that I hoped to post, but I have run out of time. My wife and I are packing up all of our belongings and moving from California to Washington state. We will miss living in Southern California, but we will miss our friends most. My wife and I are looking forward to new adventures that Washington is sure to bring. I will post some pictures periodically to keep you updated.