Conklin Crescent 3NL – Super Flex

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Conklin Crescent 3NL – Super Flex

Here is a beautiful Conklin Crescent model 3NL. The hard rubber is still pretty black with very little fading. There chasing on the body is a little worn and still has texture, but the chasing on the body is quite worn at the top of the cap. The imprints still look pretty good, but have lost some definition in the center of the imprint. The gold-filled trim has some wear (a bit on the edges of the clip, a little on the top of the crescent, and some scratches on the band), but overall they still look very fine. Certainly far better than a hundred pen has any business to look. The 14kt. Conklin #3 nib writes normally as a smooth XF. Smooth but not overly wet. The flex comes quite easily ranging up to BBB (1.6mm). Responsiveness is also very nice.

PRICE: $289.99

SIZE:  5 7/16″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Conklin #3, XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.6mm), SUPER FLEX

FILLING: Crescent filler

CONDITION: Good

Restoration Work:

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

 

Mabie Todd S.F. – Super Flex

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Mabie Todd S.F. – Super Flex

Here is a very nice made in New York Mabie Todd Swan Self-filler (lever filler). The body is black chased hard rubber (BCHR) which is still quite dark with only a little fading. The chasing also looks very good, as do the imprints. The nickel-filled clip and lever have a little bit of wear on them, the ball of the clip especially, but overall they are still in a nice condition. The 14kt. Swan nib is a beauty. It presents a very smooth, soft and decently wet writing experience even though it’s an XF (0.3mm). The flex in this nib comes quite easy, though not quite at a wet noodle level, and ranges up to BBB+ (1.8mm). The responsiveness of the flex excellent rivaling or superior to many wet noodles. Overall, this is everything we love about vintages pens giving both a wonderful writing experience and the ability to switch into some fine flex work.

PRICE: $349.99

SIZE:  5 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Swan, XF to BBB+ (0.3mm-1.8mm) 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
  • Sac replaced
  • Trim buffed and polished
  • Test driven for at least a week to insure quality

Waterman 52V – Super Flex

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Waterman 52V – Super Flex

Here is the classic Waterman 52V in BCHR. The 52V has the bulk of a 52 in a shorter, more portable design. This pen is really meant to be posted (cap on the end of the barrel) when writing, which gives it the feel and balance of the 52. The BCHR is faded some to a dark brown Chasing is little a worn but still has some texture. More texture on the barrel than the cap. The cap does not and never had an original clip or ring top. The nickel filled lever is in good condition with no brassing. Imprints are a little worn but readable. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a lovely, smooth writing F (0.4mm). Just a tab stubbish. The flex comes quite easily ranging up to BBB (1.6mm). The responsiveness is decent but nothing revolutionary. It’s a good, solid flex nib. Flow has no issues keeping up. Overall, a great Waterman.

PRICE: $279.99

SIZE:  3 3/8 Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.6mm), 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

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Waterman Ink Vue with “RED” Nib – Medium Flex

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Waterman Ink Vue with “RED” Nib – Medium Flex

Here is Waterman’s unique “Ink Vue” pen. These pens use a small rubber sac in the back of the barrel to pull ink into a transparent ink chamber in the barrel. It’s Waterman’s answer to the Parker Vacummatic. You actually fold the little lever in half and pump it 10 or times with nib immersed to fill the barrel. This barrel holds a ton of ink, so it can take a little bit to fill it. It is a very unique and fun system. The pen is in great condition. There is a little brassing on the lever that is not very obvious, a tiny bit on the bottom of the clip, and a very tiny bit on the edge of the band. The barrel still has great transparency, so you have no trouble seeing the ink slosh around in there. There is very light surface scratches on the body from normal use, but it’s pretty clean. The 14kt. Waterman 5 “RED” nib is, unfortunately, a bit of disappointment in the flex department. Normally, these have great flex, and this one only has a “Medium Flex” quality.  Normal writing is lovely. It’s an XF (0.3mm) with just a hint of “stubbishness.” It’s smooth, wet, and just a beautiful writer. Flexed, this nib ranges up to BB (1.5mm), which is pretty decent. Flex keeps up without any issues. But ease of flex is meh and as is it’s responsiveness. Another lesson and just how imprecise a science these flex nibs are. Even the color coded nibs have a great deal of variety. Flex aside, this is still a remarkable and unique vintage pen that writes fabulously and looks superb. No one is going to even think it’s old, just classic.

PRICE: $369.99

SIZE:  4 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #5 “RED”, XF to BB (0.3mm-1.5mm),  MEDIUM FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Ink Vue Lever

CONDITION: Excellent

Restration Work:

  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Body hand polished
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Ink Vue system restored
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

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Wahl Gold-Filled Ring Top – Super Flex

Wahl Gold-Filled Ring Top – Super Flex

Wahl made some outstanding gold-filled pens. They are durable, portable, and great quality. This pen is the on the smaller end with a #2 nib (there are smaller #0 nib pens1). This pen does show some wear and dings. The only brassing really is on the end of the barrel from where the cap gets posted (and you really need to post these). There are a couple of dings on the body (see pics) as well. The lever in is good condition and works well. Ring top is still present and no personalizations. The 14kt #2 Wahl is a great nib. Writes very smooth as an XF. It’s not a typical wet vintage nib but more subdued in its flow. Still it keeps up fine. The flex on this nib is really nice ranging up to BBB (1.6mm) with very good responsiveness. You can do some really snappy flex work with this one.

PRICE: $229.99

SIZE:  3 5/8″ Capped

NIB:  14kt. Wahl #2, XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.6mm) SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Good

Restration Work:

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

 

Waterman 52 – Good Flex (SOLD)

Waterman 52 – Good Flex

Here is vintage Watermen 52 in BCHR. The black hard rubber on this pen looks really nice. Only faded a little to a dark grayish black. The chasing is still quite good with only minimal loss of texture. Almost no wear on the cap chasing. A little more on the body. Imprints are very crisp and look almost new including the original red paint in the “52” at the end of the barrel. The nickel trim has seen better days, however, as it shows lots of pitting on the clip. Much less on the lever but still noticeable. The 14kt. Waterman 52 is a beautiful writer as a XF with good flow. Nib just feels like a writer especially if you like them fine. The flex is good ranging up to BB (1.3mm). It has decent responsiveness, but it does lack some of the ease of flex that a “super flex” nib would have. People often associate the flex grades with the quality of nib, but that really isn’t the case. Nibs are just made to excel at different things. This one is made to be an all around great nib with some good flex when you want it. The full size 52 body makes it a great all around vintage writer.

PRICE: $259.99

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XF to BB (0.2mm-1.3mm)  GOOD 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
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

 

Mabie Todd S.F. Wood Grain – Super Flex (SOLD)

Mabie Todd S.F. Wood Grain – Super Flex

Here is an absolutely gorgeous Mabie Todd Swan Self Filler in Wood Grain hard rubber and in a vest pen size. This pen looks almost unused. The color is great with little to no fading of the hard rubber. The imprints still have some of the original white paint. The Swan on the top of the cap still looks crisp as well. The black wide lever (a feature fairly unique to Mabie Todds) looks new as well. The pen is all mint condition. The 14kt. Swan nib is a wet and and soft XXF. The previous owner appears to have used some detergent to clean it out. I’ve cleaned and cleaned this, but every now and then some tiny trace of detergent gets in. I say that because I think all these measurements are accurate, but they may be slightly smaller if there is even a hint of detergent currently affecting this fill of ink. Anyway, there is a little bit of a scratch as expected on an XXF nib. The flex comes easily and the flow keeps up very well. Responsiveness is good but not as good as I would expect of this fine of a nib. A very nice flex nib nonetheless on an outstanding Swan.

PRICE: $399.99

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

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

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Mint

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

Wahl-Eversharp Gold-Filled Skyline – Super Flex

Wahl-Eversharp Gold-Filled Skyline – Super Flex

This is a standard size Skyline in a full gold-filled body. Overall, the condition is pretty good. The only spot of brassing I could see is a little on the edges of the lever from rubbing on the pen cap when it is posted. There is a decent sized ding on the body (see pic), and one very small ding on the cap. Often these pens are full of pin prick dings and scratches all over. The 14kt. Eversharp nib is beautiful, wet writer. Silky smooth and soft nib with lots of flow. It writes normally as a F/M (0.55mm). The flex comes quite easily with decent range going up to at least 1.5mm. For a near medium nib, the flex responds with surprising snappiness. The flow is more than enough to keep up, which isn’t surprising for a Skyline. Overall, great pen in a durable and beautiful metal body.

PRICE: $289.99

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Eversharp 14kt., F/M to BBB (0.55mm-1.5mm) SUPER 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 and trim cleaned and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

 

Parker Lucky Curve Ring Top #2 – Super Flex (SOLD)

Parker Lucky Curve Ring Top #2 – Super Flex

Here is a vintage Lucky Curve from Parker in a vest size ring top. The BCHR is in nice condition with some color fading to a very dark brown. The gold filled band on the cap is in good condition with some minor surface scratches from everyday use but no brassing. Same goes for the ring top, though it has some more wear than the band. Chasing looks good and still has nice texture. Imprints are worn a bit but still readable. The 14kt. Lucky Curve nib is a wet F (0.4mm) with just a bit of feedback in normal writing. There is enough tipping this nib to last a good long time, but I wouldn’t grind it down any thinner than it is. The flex is really nice going with ease up to BBB+ (1.8mm). Responsiveness is also great. Flow is great. It’s just all around great flex nib. 

PRICE: $279.99

SIZE:  4 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Lucky Curve, F to BBB+ (0.4mm-1.8mm), SUPER FLEX

FILLING: Button Filler

CONDITION: Good

Restoration Work:

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

 

Waterman 52 – Super Flex (SOLD)

Waterman 52 – Super Flex

Here is a great Waterman 52 in BCHR with nickel trim. The pen is in pretty good condition overall. The hard rubber has faded to a dark, brownish, grayish black. The chasing is faded some on the body (more so than the cap), though there is still some texture to it but not much. Plenty of texture still on the cap. There is some wear on the clip but only brassing on the very bottom of the ball. The lever has some wear on the edges of the box but no brassing. The imprints are worn but readable. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a surprisingly smooth XXF. It does not have the feedback you expect from such a fine nib, though there is still a small amount due to its fineness. The flex comes pretty easily and has a good range going from 0.2mm to 1.5mm (BB). The responsiveness of this nib is really outstanding making for some really nice, controlled flexing. Overall…it’s a 52 in good condition with a great nib. That’s about all you can ask for.

PRICE: $339.99

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XXF to BB (0.2mm-1.5mm)  GOOD 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
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 403 – Super Flex (SOLD)

Waterman 403 – Super Flex

Here is a lovely Waterman 403 meaning that it is Waterman 3, the later version of the 52, with a sterling silver overlay. In this case, the overlay is a nice filigree design. Overall, the pen is in pretty good shape. There are just a few very small marks and scratches on the silver here and there from normal use, but nothing major of obvious. There are 3 teeth marks on the end of the barrel and some light scratching as well. The clip and lever are in good shape, and there is no personalization. The 14tk. Waterman #2 nib is a smooth XF/XXF. Depending on the ink it writes normally with a 0.25mm to 0.3mm line, and it is just surprisingly soft and silky for so fine a nib. The flex on the pen is also very nice. It ranges up to BB (1.3mm), which is decent. Ease of flex is decent, but it has a really nice snap back that sets it into the “super flex” category. Overall, great, durable, vintage pen with a superb nib.

PRICE: $389.99

SIZE:  4 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XF/XXF to BB (0.25mm-1.3mm), 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