Waterman 12 – Super Flex

Waterman 12 – Super Flex  (On Ebay)

Here is a lovely Waterman 12 eyedropper in BCHR. The black hard rubber is faded a bit into a very dark blackish brown. The chasing, however, is still very nice with some good texture left on it. Imprints are perfect and easy to read. There is a gold-filled repousse band on the cap with no brassing that I saw. There is tiny crack in the lip of the cap (see pic), but this will not expand thanks to the cap band. There are also some teeth marks on the section (see pic). The 14tk Waterman #2 is a lovely writing XXF nib. The nib does not have a huge range of flex going up to BB (1.5mm), but it is definitely good enough to pair with the XXF point. Ease of flex is on the low end of “super flex,” I would say, but the responsiveness of the nib caused me to grade it as I did. R & K Cassis (the ink I used) doesn’t emphasize responsiveness that well, which makes the nib’s snappiness that much more impressive. If you are looking for something that makes big, paintbrush lines….this isn’t it (though I do sell those as well). But if you want something for a more Copperplate style, this is a nice choice.

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #3, XXF to BB (0.2mm-1.5mm),  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
  • New ink sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

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Parker Lucky Curve True Blue – Good Flex

Parker Lucky Curve True Blue – Good Flex – (On Ebay)

Here is a Parker Duofold style pen in the iconic “True Blue” style. I believe that this is a “Junior” size, but I could be mistaken. The “True Blue” has faded and yellowed as is typical on these pens. The body more so than the cap, which is fairly close to the original color. There are a few very small scratches from normal use on the pen, but nothing obvious or major. The black hard rubber ends have also faded to a gray brown. Trim looks goods with no brassing. The 14kt Parker Lucky Curve #2 is a glorious writer. It is buttery smooth and wet, and it has a soft, springy feel to it. The flex on this nib comes easily, but the range is not massive. It goes from a F (0.4mm) to BB (1.3mm). The ease of flex is super flex quality, as is the responsiveness (it’s very snappy). The range, however, puts it more in the “good flex” grade. It does railroad occasionally after you’ve been flexing awhile, but it picks right back up. Overall, a very nice Parker in a very desirable color.

SIZE:  5″ Capped

NIB: Parker “Lucky Curve” 14kt., XF/F-BB (0.35mm-1.3mm), GOOD FLEX  (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

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
  • Body and trim cleaned and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 52V Wood Grain / Red Mottled – Super Flex (SOLD)

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

Here is one of my favorite size vintage Waterman pens, the 52V, in wood grain / red mottled hard rubber. The 52V when posted has the feel of a 52 and when capped has the portability of a ring top. And this one is in tremendous shape. The hard rubber has barely any fading. The gold-filled trim is also in great shape. The lever has just the tiniest bit of brassing on the edges of the “globe” section, but you have to look very closely to see it. Side imprint is visible but partially worn and unreadable. The “52V” on the end is still crisp. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a very wet writing F. It’s smooth and a good writer, but if you don’t like wet writers you won’t prefer this nib. If you do, well then… The nib also has some soft flex. The flex is also very wet and ranges from F to BBB (0.4mm to 1.7mm). If you want to get some monster sheen, this pen will do it. The wetness cuts down on the responsiveness a little bit, but it still has a nice bounce. Overall, this is a great pen, in a great size, in great condition, and with a wonderful, wet, flexy, nib.

SIZE:  4 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, F to BBB (0.4mm-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 adjusted for optimal flow
  • Trim cleaned and polished
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 52V – Super Flex (SOLD)

Waterman 52V – Super Flex (On Ebay)

Here is a great Waterman 52V in black hard rubber with no original chasing and gold filled trim. The hard rubber has but more to gray than to brown. It really looks more like a dark gray. The gold-filled trim looks very good overall. There is some very light wear to a few places on the lever and the band, but not really anything you can see without magnification. Imprints all look good and crisp. The 14kt. Waterman #2 nib is a very nice and smooth writing XF with a little bit of stubbishness to it. The flex on this nib is quite responsive. It ranges from XF to BBB (1.6mm) and the responsiveness really makes flex writing look good and sharp.

SIZE:  3 3/8 Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XF to BB (0.3mm-1.6mm), 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

Waterman 0552 1/2 – Super Flex (SOLD)

Waterma 0552 1/2 – Super Flex   (On Ebay)

Here is a superb Waterman 0552 1/2. This pen is still in beautiful condition. The black hard rubber is still pretty black with only a little bit of fading. The gold filled overlay is in gorgeous condition and is still stunning to look at the way all the little squares catch and reflect the light. There are a few small scuffs on the lever. Otherwise, the gold filled trim and overlay are pretty spotless. The name “Dells” is inscribed in the side of the body in a lovely script. The imprints on the end of the barrel are still crisp. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a phenomenal nib. The wet XF is buttery smooth and a real joy to write with. The flex is also incredible. It ranges from XF to BBB (1.6mm). The flex is nearing wet noodle softness but not quite there. It has a great bounce and responsiveness to it as well. This pen is simply stunning in every way.

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

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

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Excellent / Near 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 body polished
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Mabie Todd Swan Ring Top – Wet Noodle

Mabie Todd Swan Ring Top – Wet Noodle (On Ebay)

Here is a great made in New York Mabie Todd Swan gold-filled ring top. The pen is in great condition. Especially considering it’s age. The gold filled body has minimal wear on it with the only brassing at the end edge of the barrel due to posting. There is one small ding on the cap. It isn’t very noticeable, but you can see fairly easily if you look for it. The initials “V O” are engraved on the side of barrel. The imprints on the end of the barrel are a little faded but readable. The 14kt. Swan #2 nib is wet, lovely writing F that has some nice, soft flex. This is definitely a wet noodle. Not quite a paintbrush, but very soft with some nice responsiveness. A great vintage wet noodle in a durable and portable package by a company that made some great, quality pens.

SIZE: 3 7/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Swan #2, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.8mm),  WET NOODLE (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
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 12 (Near Mint) – Wet Noodle

Waterman 12 (Near Mint) – Wet Noodle  (See Price Here)

Here is a fabulous Waterman 12 in smooth black hard rubber with no original chasing. The hard rubber is still shiny black. The imprints as still very crisp and the paint is still mostly present. The gold filled band is also in great condition. What more can you say? It’s in amazing condition. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a very wet writing paintbrush wet noodle. This is incredibly soft and requires almost no pressure to flex. This long tined nib is produces a very soft, very wet, and very smooth writing experience. Thought the flex is as soft as it is, the responsiveness of this nib is still very good. The range is also very good going from XF (0.3mm) up to BB (1.6mm). Actually, the nib can go much further, but the one downside of this nib is that if you continually push it it will eventually start having some railroads. Generally, the feed picks right back up and you can start flexing again. Very dry inks (like IGs) might not fair very well in this one. Beautiful nib on a fantastic collection grade 12.

SIZE:  4 7/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XF to BB (0.3mm-1.6mm),  WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: 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