Waterman 12 Red Mottled – Wet Noodle

Waterman 12 Red Mottled – Wet Noodle  (See Price Here)

Here is a Waterman 12 in Red Mottled hard rubber. The pen is in very nice condition. There is a little bit of fading to the hard rubber. More so on the cap than then body. There are also a few light teeth marks on the section. The latest patent on the pen is 1884 dating this to likely to the late 1880s-90s, so it’s well over a 100 years old. The side imprint is still very good and crisp. The number imprint on the end of the barrel. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a gorgeous nib. This a rare, true XXF. It writes rather smoothly for how fine it is. It also has some fantastic flex. On this wet noodled nib, the flex comes easily. It’s not a paintbrush, but you don’t want quite a paintbrush for it will lack this nib’s control. The responsiveness is fantastic. It definitely has a dip nib feel. The range of flex is also very good going from XXF (0.2mm) to BB+ (1.6mm). These XXF wet noodles are in very high demand, so I doubt that this will last long.

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XXF to BB (0.2mm-1.6mm),  WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Eyedropper

CONDITION: Good

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

  

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Wahl-Eversharp Skyline – Super Flex

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

This is a standard size Skyline in brown with gold-filled trim. The body of the pen is in nice condition. There is some very light scratching throughout, but most of it disappeared when I buffed and polished the pen. The derby is slightly faded to a lighter brown than the body. The name “Don Higley” is etched in the side in very small print. The gold-filled trim is in good condition as well. A tiny bit of plate loss on the crown of the lever. There are also two small dings  on the gold-filled cap. The 14kt. Eversharp nib is a smooth and wet writing F/M (0.5mm). It’s definitely wet, but I wouldn’t call it a gusher. The flex on it comes pretty easily and has a great range going up to BBB (Sorry, the picture is wrong. It goes to 1.8mm). The responsiveness is decent but not amazing. Overall, a fantastic Skyline.

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Eversharp 14kt., F to BB (0.5mm-1.4mm) SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Excellent

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

Wahl Ring Top – Good/Super Flex

Wahl Ring Top – Good/Super Flex – (On Ebay)

Here is a Wahl ring top in beautiful celluloid pattern. There is some color change, particularly on the body, where the original greenish pearl pattern has browned. The gold filled trim is in beautiful condition with no brassing, and even every little scratching or indications of it’s age. The imprint still looks good as new. The 14kt. Wahl #2 is a beauty. It’s a wonderful writing XF that is smooth, soft and elegant. It also has some very nice flex. I have graded it “Good/ Super” only because the ease of flex is a bit stiffer than what I’d like for a “Super Flex”. However, the responsiveness and ink flow still make this a very nice flex nib capable of some very nice work. And the range (0.3mm to 1.5mm) is good enough especially considering it’s responsiveness. This is still a beautiful pen with a lot of years left in it.

SIZE:  4 1/2″ Capped

NIB: Wahl #2, XF to BB (0.3mm-1.8mm) SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Excellent

Restoration Work:

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

 

Waterman 52V – Good/Super Flex

Waterman 52 – Good/Super Flex (On Ebay)

This is a Waterman 52V in BCHR in nice condition. The black hard rubber has faded a little to a very dark brown. It sill looks black in some light. The chasing is still visible and has some texture to it. The imprints on the side are worn, but they are mostly readable. The “52V” on the end of the barrel is good and crisp. The nickel filled trim looks great with very little signs of wear to them. The clip, however, is missing the ball. You probably wouldn’t know that unless you knew it was supposed to be there as it still works great as a clip and looks normal as well. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a F with medium flow and just a hint of feedback. It’s definitely not scratchy but it’s not slippery either. The nib has some nice flex as well. It was a hard nib to grade. Ease of flex is in the super flex range but it doesn’t have a huge range of flex. But it does have some very nice responsiveness as well. I’d say this is right on the border between “good” and “super” on my scale. It’s a great Waterman in nice condition.

SIZE:  4 1/2″ Capped

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

Waterman 52 – Wet Noodle

Waterman 52 – Wet Noodle  (See Price Here)

Here is a fantastic Waterman 52 in BCHR. The pen is in great condition except for two flaws. The first is that the hard rubber has faded some to a dark blackish brown. The second is that the clip has been bent out and then back it to a shape that more closely resembles an Aikin Lambert clip. The lack of markings on the clip almost give you the impression that this was done for some intentional purpose. But that is just an educated guess. Anyway, it still functions well as a clip. Apart from this, the trim looks great with no brassing and every very little signs of wear. The chasing and the imprints on the pen are still very good as well. This pen also boasts a very lovely 14kt. Waterman #2 nib that is a very wet and smooth writing F (0.5mm). It’s a lovely writer (if you like wet pens) that has some soft, wet noodle flex. The ease of flex isn’t quite paintbrush soft, but it is getting close to that. It ranges from 0.5mm (F) to a large 1.9mm (BBB+). It’s a Waterman 52 with a great, noodle nib. What more is there to say.

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, F to BBB (0.5mm-1.9mm),  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 14 – Super Flex

Waterman 14 – Super Flex  (On Ebay)

This is a Waterman 14 eyedropper in BCHR. The hard rubber has faded to a dark brown. The chasing has also worn. It is visible but has lost most of its texture. The imprints are also worn, but it is most readable. You do have to look close to read them, though. The “14” on the back is nice and crisp. The nickel clip is in good shape. There is a little bit of wear but no brassing. The 14kt. Waterman #4 is a superb nib. It is a slightly oblique F (0.5mm) that is a bit stubbish. It writes a bit on the wet side, but it’s not a gusher. It’s also a little stubbish. The flex on the pen is beautiful. It has a great range going up to 1.8mm (BBB). It also has some excellent responsiveness, and that combined with the oblique, stubbish nib allows for some for crisp flex writing. Overall, an excellent Waterman 14 with fantastic writing abilities.

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #4, F to BBB (0.5mm-1.8mm),  SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Eyedropper

CONDITION: Good

Restration Work:

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

 

Parker Lady Lucky Curve – Wet Noodle

Parker Lucky Curve – Wet Noodle  (See Price Here)

Here is a nice Parker Lucky Curve in a vest pen size. The black hard rubber is still jet black and does not appear to have faded at all over the years. There is some light scratching from its years of life, but nothing deep or significant. The chasing is still very crisp throughout the pen. The imprints also look great with very little wear to them. The gold-filled clip has no brassing that I could find. The best part of this pen, though, is the nib. It’s a 14kt. Lucky Curve #2. It is a very wet writing F that feels almost like a Medium due to it’s wetness. It is quite stubbish, and is smooth and soft and graceful. A great little writer. Additionally, the flex is beautifully soft. I have had softer nibs than this but not by much. I would call this a paintbrush flex. It takes very little pressure to get some nice variation. The nib flexes from 0.5mm (the picture is incorrect) to a huge 2.0mm. The flow is on the wet side even for flex pen and has no trouble keeping up. And the nib maintains some good responsiveness.

SIZE:  4 1/2″ Capped

NIB: Lucky Curve 14kt. #2, F to BBB (0.4mm-2.0mm),  WET NOODLE  (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Button Filler

CONDITION: Excellent

Restoration Work:

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