Waterman 52 Wood Grain – Wet Noodle

Waterman 52 Wood Grain – Wet Noodle  (See Price Here)

Here is a Waterman 55 in incredible condition. The 55 is significantly larger than the 52. It’s about the size of a Waterman 7. The wood grain hard rubber is in amazing condition with no signs of fading and almost as shiny as new. It’s a real treat to find one in this good of condition. The gold-filled trim shows a bit of wear but no brassing. It lacks the gold-filled band around the bottom edge of the cap typical of the wood grains and red ripples. I don’t think I’d say this is a rare feature, but it’s certainly uncommon. The imprints are good and are fairly easily readable. Then there is the nib. The 14kt. Waterman #5 is a stunner. It’s a wet F (0.5mm) that is smooth and soft. It also has so huge flex going easily up to BBBB (2.1mm)! It’s not quite a paintbrush, but it’s soft enough that it can be easily over-flexed, so use some care if you are new to the flex experience. Overall, this is just a gem of a pen. A worthy writer, a wonderful collector’s item, and superb flex pen.

SIZE:  5 5/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, F to BBBB (0.5mm-2.1mm),  WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Excellent

Restration Work:

  • Pen (barrel, section, nib, feed, & cap) thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • Bands cleaned and polished
  • Inside of barrel thoroughly cleaned.
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 52V Red Ripple – Super Flex

Waterman 52V Red Ripple – Super Flex (On Ebay)

Here is a lovely Waterman 52V in Waterman’s iconic red ripple hard rubber. The 52V has the girth of the 52 in a shorter “vest” size. This one comes with the rarer clip as opposed to the more common ring top. The pen has very little fading of the hard rubber. Imprints are good and readable. The gold-filled trim is also in nice condition with just hints of brassing along some of the edges. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a lovely, smooth writing XF with plenty of ink flow. It flexes very nicely going from XF (0.3mm) to BBB (1.7mm). Responsiveness is very nice as well. It’s a fantastic flex nib that is also a great normal writer on an iconic pen.

SIZE:  4 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.7mm), SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Excellent

Restration Work:

  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned
  • Nib and feed adjusted for optimal flow
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Omas Extra (Oversized) – Super Flex

Omas Extra (Oversized) – Super Flex  (See Price Here)

Here is a vintage piston-filled Omas Extra. It’s 146mm long capped, or about 5 3/4”, and the barrel diameter is over 13mm. It is almost identical in size and style to the modern Omas Ogiva. The black celluloid looks great with only very minor surface scratches from normal use. I have replaced the piston seal which was no longer working, and it holds a lot of ink. The gold-filled trim is in great condition. The 14kt. Omas nib is really lovely. It is somehow a beautifully smooth XXF (0.2mm) with just a hind of feedback, which would be expected of so fine a nib. The flex comes pretty easy and has some nice range going up to BB (1.6mm), which is much larger than you will likely need to use as the super fine nature of the nib combines wonderfully with a sharp snap back that makes this a very responsive and crispy flex writer. This is the pen that the modern Omas’ want to be.

SIZE:  5 3/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Omas, XXF to BB (0.2mm-1.6mm)  SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Piston Filler

CONDITION: Excellent

Restration Work:

  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Pen cap and body polished
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Piston lubricated
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Mabie Todd Swan Ring Top – Super Flex

Mabie Todd Swan Ring Top – Super Flex – (On Ebay)

Here is a great made in New York Mabie Todd ring top in black celluloid with a green cracked ice pattern. The body of the pen is in nice shape with only minor scratching from normal use. There is one small mark (a little indentation) right above the bands on the cap. The light has to be right to see it. The “cracked ice” pattern has discolored in some places on the pen. The gold-filled bands are in good condition with some minor brassing on some of the edges. The lever has a lot more brassing and some light pitting.  Imprints are good and crisp. The 14kt. Swan nib is a wet and pretty smooth F that really looks and feels like a stub. It adds some really nice character to your normal writing. The flex comes beautifully with great range going from F (0.4mm) to BBB (1.7mm). Responsiveness is quite good as well. Overall, a great vintage ring top.

SIZE:  4 1/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Swan, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.7mm) SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Good

Restration Work:

  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Pen buffed and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 12 1/2 V.S. – Wet Noodle

Waterman 12 1/2 V.S – Wet Noodle  (See Price Here)

Here is a very special pen. It’s a Waterman 12 1/2 safety pen in near mint condition. If you don’t what a safety pen is, I recommend you look it up before considering purchasing. It has a very unique filling system. This one is restored with new cork seals. The pen is nearly as shiny black as the day it was purchased and imprints are also near perfect with little to no signs of wear.
On top of the impressive pen is an even more impressive nib. This is a artist like wet noodle with an XXF point. It functions about as close as you can find to a dip nib. Normally, it writes as an XXF (0.2mm), but really you aren’t going to want to use it for normal writing. The soft flex and ultra fine point combine to make this rather scratchy. For flexing, you can’t find better. This isn’t meant to be the paintbrush noodle, but rather the precision flex needed for high quality artistry.The swells top out around 1.5mm with ultra responsive action. I would not advise this pen for beginners unless you are ready to put in the careful work to learn how to use it well. A safety pen in this condition combined with one of the most sought after vintage nib styles is a rare treat. I’m having hard time even wanting to sell this one.

SIZE:  4 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XXF to BB (0.2mm-1.5mm),  WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Safety Pen Eyedropper

CONDITION: Near Mint

Restration Work:

  • Pen (barrel, section, nib, feed, & cap) thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • New Ink sac installed
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Wahl-Eversharp Skyline – Good Flex

Wahl-Eversharp Skyline – Good Flex – (On Ebay)

Here is a nice Wahl-Eversharp Skyline in Navy Blue. The body is in nice condition with some minor scratching throughout. Much of it buffed out but there are still some throughout that can be seen with careful inspection. There is also a indent on the cap from where the clip used to set (the derby and clip were likely removed for cleaning at some point and so it’s position on the cap changed). The gold-filled trim is good except for the lever which has quite a bit of pitting. The 14kt. Eversharp nib is a wet writing F that ranges from 0.4mm to 1.7mm (F-BBB). The snap back of this nib is pretty good, but it is a bit too stiff to grade this “super flex.” Still a great nib and a great pen.

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Eversharp 14kt., F to BBB (0.4mm-1.7mm) GOOD FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Good

Restoration Work:

  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned
  • Nib and feed adjusted for optimal flow
  • New sac installed
  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Body buffed for scratches
  • Body and trim cleaned and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 5 “RED” Red Ripple – Good / Super Flex

Waterman 5 “RED” Red Ripple – Good / Super Flex   (On Ebay)

Here is a beautiful Waterman 5 Red Ripples with “RED” nib and “RED”. The 5’s of this period are about the same size as a 52. Slightly shorter with a slight wider barrel. The red ripple body is a little faded, though still pretty good color. The end of the barrel where the cap has been posted actually still has the original color. The gold-filled trim is still in excellent condition with no brasssing. The “RED” ring on the cap looks to be a replacement as the original would be darkened and faded. The #5 Waterman “RED” nib is a lovely writing F. It’s wet but not overly so and a bit stubbish. It’s smooth with just a hint of feedback. The flex is nice though most would expect a bit more out of “RED” nib. Despite popular belief the colored coded nibs are hardly uniform. The flex range goes from F – BBB (0.4mm — 1.6mm). Flow is good, ease of flex is a bit on the stiffer side of “super flex.”  Still plenty good enough to do some nice work. Overall, it’s still one of the great iconic Waterman pens.

SIZE:  5 1/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. #5 Waterman “RED”, F to BBB (0.35mm-1.6mm), GOOD/SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Excellent

Restration Work:

  • Pen (barrel, section, nib, feed, & cap) thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Pen body thoroughly polished with jewelers cloth
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 515 – Semi Flex

Waterman 515 – Semi Flex – (On Ebay)

Here is a beautiful made in England Waterman 515 in a lovely burgundy celluloid with golf-filled appointments. The pen is in superb shape. There is very, very minimal surface scratching from normal use. The cigar like barrel feels wonderful in the hand. The gold-filled trim is in near mint condition. Imprints are great. There’s nothing really not to like about this pen. The 14kt. Waterman #5 is a spectacular, wet writing Fine stub. The nib feels wonderful on the page. It would be perfect for those cursive writers out there wanting to add a little flavor to their writing, but it’s also a great nib for those printers (like me). It really brings out the shading in inks. The nib does have some flex ranging decently up to 1.4mm, but it lacks the ease of flex and responsiveness of a higher grade flex nib. That doesn’t mean it’s inferior. It does what it was made to do with excellence.

SIZE:  5 1/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #5, Fine Stub to BB (0.5mm-1.5mm) SEMI FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Near Mint

Restoration Work:

  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • Body and trim cleaned and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 52 – Good-Super Flex

Waterman 52 – Good-Super Flex (On Ebay)

Here is the iconic Waterman 52 in BCHR. The pen is in good condition with some fading of the hard rubber. I’d say it’s a dark brown. Chasing is still present but somewhat worn. Much more worn on the body than the cap. The nickel-filled trim is in nice condition with no brassing that I can see. The Waterman 14kt. #2 nib is XF (0.3mm). It is a lovely writer. Just beautifully soft and smooth with plenty of flow. The flex has a good range going up to BB (1.4mm). Ease of flex is good. The responsiveness is a bit less than the typical “super flex” nib, which is why I graded this as somewhere between “good” and “super” flex. Overall, this is a wonderful pen.

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XF to BB (0.3mm-1.4mm), GOOD-SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Good

Restration Work:

  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned
  • Nib and feed adjusted for optimal flow
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Mabie Todd Swan Gold Filled – Super Flex

Mabie Todd Swan Gold Filled – Super Flex – (On Ebay)

Here is a gorgeous made in New York gold-filled Mabie Todd Swan. Patent date is 1915. This pen is in excellent condition. The engraved pattern on the body is beautiful, and the flaws are minimal. There are two scratches on either side of the barrel near the lever box. Something must have pinched it once. There is small dent towards the section that is really hard to see, and a scratch on the section. Also there is some very slight brassing on the barrel end. You’ll only see any of this by looking carefully. The pens has the initials “C.V.F.” on the barrel. There is a tiny bit of light scratching on the clip. The #2 Mabie Todd Swan nib is a pretty wet writing F (0.4mm) that is a bit stubby. The flex on this pen is beautiful ranging up to BBB+ (1.8mm) and also has very nice responsiveness. Wow. This is a gorgeous hundred year old pen, and it comes equipped with a superb Swan flex nib.

SIZE:  5″ Capped

NIB: #2 Mabie Todd Swan, F to BBB+ (0.4mm-1.8mm) SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Excellent

Restration Work:

  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Pen buffed and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality