No-Name Vacumatic Clone


When this pen appeared in eBay some time ago it immediately piqued my interest. It was advertised as a Parker Vacumatic and though the resemblance was strong I knew that that was not what it was. I suspected that it was an Indian-made Wilson, as I’ve seen several of these before and it looked just like them. When it arrived and I examined it more closely, it bore no maker’s name.


However, it had wonderful transparency and the nib was good, though a little bashed around, but nothing I couldn’t fix. I couldn’t repair the filling system, though. It was a Vacumatic clone. I sent it away for repair but, sad to say, it came back with the explanation that it could not be economically repaired. The repairer also said that he thought it was a Japanese clone.

So there we are: I have a very beautiful pen but I can’t use it. Sad. It didn’t cost a lot, thankfully, and it will go in my “Projects” drawer in the hope that someday a miracle will happen and I can get it repaired.


2 thoughts on “No-Name Vacumatic Clone

  1. Just a guess, but quite possibly the maker chose the horizontal banding variety as this is both one of the more common forms of decoration and most easily recognizable styles of vac.

    Likewise it could also well be that they chose the mid 1930s styling (which doesn’t carry the word Parker on the clip) to try and avoid patent or copyright issues…………. toward the late 1930s the clip changes and vacs. carry the Parker name.
    Also am fairly sure that all examples from the mid ’30s (as with many others) carry the word Parker on the nib, plus either USA or Canada.

    Externally, it certainly looks the part – can well imagine seeing this for a reasonable price at a fair or antiques outlet and buying too hastily on the assumption it was the real thing, and being deflated only when you got at home:( Certainly a lot of thought went into making a good looking copy with what appears to be the right features – the colour and cap rings to name but several.
    Pity you can’t use it – just keep dipping:)

    1. It’s absolutely a copy, as close as they could make it. The Japanese had no concern about American patent or copyright issues ā€“ America’s writ did not run there. Something similar is true of China a few years ago. It’s very close to being the same thing ā€“ the major differences are the goldplated steel nib and the filling system, which works in the same way but has different components.

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