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

Omas Extra – Super Flex / Wet Noodle

Omas Extra – Super Flex / Wet Noodle  (See Price Here)

Here is a vintage Omas Extra in black celluloid. It has the trademark Omas band and roller clip. I love the way Omas celluloid feels in the hand. It’s hard to explain, but this pen is no different and has the classic Omas feel. The body has light surface scratches from normal use. The gold-filled trim looks pretty good, but does have some brassing/ pitting on the lever, and a bit on the edges of the clip and band. The 14kt.Omas Extra nib is wonderful. It writes as a very wet XF/F. It has a buttery smooth sweet spot and is quite wet as typical for Omas. The flex is also lovely coming very easily with outstanding range and nice snap back. I would label this flex as somewhere between the higher side of “super flex” and the lower side of “wet noodle.” It’s a high quality flex nib on classic Italian pen.

SIZE: 4 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Omas Extra, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.9mm)  SUPER FLEX/WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade Flex)

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
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Mabie Todd Swan #3230 – Super Flex

Mabie Todd Swan #3230 – Super Flex – (On Ebay)

This made in England Swan lever-filler comes in a dark gray celluloid with gold-filled trim. The body has darkened some especially on the body. There is a small indentation on the barrel from what was likely an over zealous buffing. The gold-filled trim has some light brassing along the sides of the lever, at the crown of the clip, and on the edges of the bands. Imprints are mostly good and crisp. There is a little wear at the very bottom of the side barrel imprint. The 14kt. Swan nib is a beauty. It’s a buttery, wet XF (0.3mm). It’s probably going to feel more like a F on less absorbent papers. The flex is very good. It comes quite easily and has a nice range going from XF – BBB (1.7mm). This is a pen that feels great in the hand with a fantastic vintage nib that is superb writer and adds the great bonus of good flex.

SIZE:  4 3/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Swan, XF to BBB (0.3mm-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 7 “RED” Red Ripple – Super Flex

Waterman 7 “RED” Red Ripple – Super Flex  (See Price Here)

This is the iconic Waterman 7 Red Ripple color coded “RED,” which is generally considered the best all around nib of the Waterman 7 series. There is some light fading of the hard rubber, but it still has mostly good color. The gold-filled trim looks good, but there is some brassing on the top edge of the band and some scuffing on the crown of the lever. Also the lever sticks up from the body slightly. The “Red” band on the cap is now more of a dark maroon. Imprints are still quite good. The cap threads on with only a quarter turn. The 14kt. #7 Waterman “RED” nib is a wet and smooth XF (0.3mm) which feels great in so large a pen. The flex is also good. A solid “super flex” as is typical of RED nibs. It ranges up to BBB and has good snap back. Overall, it’s a Waterman 7 RED, a pen synonymous with classic vintage style and superb quality.

SIZE:  5 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. #7 Waterman “RED”, XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.8mm), SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Good

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

Wahl-Eversharp Skyline – Good Flex

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

Love a good Skyline. Here is one in black with the classic ribbed, gold-filled cap. The body looks great with only slight, surface scratching from normal use. Most everything buffed out beautifully. The cap is a beauty. Really hard to find one of these without dings, and I can’t find one on this cap. No brassing on the cap or clip. A little plate wear on the top of the lever from posting the cap over the years. The clip does have a little ding down on the end. The 14kt. Eversharp nib is what you would expect. Wet, beautifully smooth, but it’s also surprisingly fine coming in a 0.3mm (XF). The flex on this has very good range going up to 1.5mm and great flow. It is just a bit too stiff to be a “super flex.” Still, a great Skyline.

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Eversharp 14kt., XF to BB (0.3mm-1.5mm) GOOD 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