Waterman 52 Red Ripple – Wet Noodle

Waterman 52 Red Ripple  – Wet Noodle (See Price Here)

Here is a nice Waterman 52 in red ripple hard rubber. The pen is in pretty good shape. There is some fading to the ripple hard rubber, but it isn’t too significant.  There is a lot of color left. The gold-filled trim is lovely as well. There is a little bit of brassing on the edges of the “globe” on the lever, but it isn’t terribly noticeable. The rest of the trim has no brassing. It has the name “Geo. W. Harrison” engraved in the side of the barrel. The star of the pen is the nib, and it is quite a star. It’s a Fine Stub (0.5mm) that’s between medium wet to wet. Some would call this a cursive italic. It’s sharp enough to get some nice line variation, but not so sharp that edges catch.It is also a superb Wet Noodle with paintbrush softness. The flex on the pen goes from 0.5mm to 2.1mm (BBBB). The nib had sustained a crack out of the right side of the breather hole, but Greg Minuskin has laser welded it. You can’t even see the crack anymore and it’s stronger than ever. The pen has a lovely, bouncy responsiveness. The flex working in tandem with the stub nib give it a very responsive feel. This is a one of those nibs that a lot of people are searching for: a beautifully writing paintbrush soft wet noodle stub. And on Waterman’s superb red ripple 52.

(See Price Here)

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, F Stub to BBB+ (0.5mm-2.1mm),  WET NOODLE (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
  • Trim polished
  • New Ink Sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

 

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Wahl-Eversharp Skyline (Demi) – Super Flex

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

This is a Skyline in Demi in size in brown plastic with a gold filled cap and trim. The pen is in good condition. There is very light scratching on the body, but after buffing and polishing it’s greatly reduced. The cap has a few very small and minor dings. Nothing you could really capture well in a photo. There is some very slight wear to the gold filled lever and wear, but they look pretty good. The 14kt. Eversharp nib is a great XF that writes smooth and glassy. It also has some good flex going up to 1.8mm. It has very good responsiveness allowing for some nice crisp flex writing. The feed is also excellent providing plenty of ink for flexing (you aren’t going to be railroading with it), but not so much that it makes normal writing sloppy. A superlative pen.

SIZE:  4 7/8″ Capped

NIB: Eversharp 14kt., F to BBB (0.5mm-1.7mm) 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
  • Nib tuned to write smoothly
  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Body and trim cleaned, buffed, and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

 

Waterman 52 1/2V – Super Flex / Wet Noodle

Waterman 52 1/2V  – Super Flex / Wet Noodle  (On Ebay)

Here is a nice looking Waterman 52 1/2 in BCHR with gold filled trim. The hard rubber has faded to a dark brown and the chasing is worn though visible. Chasing on the cap still has some texture. Imprints are also worn but readable. The gold-filled trim is in good condition with no brassing. There is some wear to the edges of the lever box, but it still has no brassing. The clip and band look very nice still. The Waterman #2 nib is a wet writing F (0.5mm). It’s pretty smooth. It has a little bit of feedback but still writes nicely. The nib flexes with ease up to BBB (1.7mm) and has some nice responsiveness. The ease of flex is right on the border between “Super flex” and “Wet Noodle”. It’s a very high quality flex nib.

SIZE:  5 3/16″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, F to BBB (0.5mm-1.7mm)  SUPER FLEX / 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
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

 

     

Waterman 14 S.F. – Super Flex (SOLD)

Waterman 14 S.F. – Super Flex (On Ebay)

Here is a rare Waterman 14 S.F. (Sleeve Filler) in black hard rubber (smooth with no original chasing). For this model you slide up the sleeve on the barrel to expose of pressure bar that you depress with your thumb to fill the sac with ink. The pen’s hard rubber has faded to a dark brown, and the imprints are worn but readable with some texture remaining to them. The nickel clip is in great condition with no signs of brassing. The internal filling bar is in good condition. It has some wear from being inside a pen for a 100 years, but I’ve cleaned it up. The lip of the cap is really the only major flaw. First, there is a chip in the lip. It isn’t a very wide chip, but it is long enough that it covers about a third of the lip edge. Also, there is a very small crack under the clip running through the lip edge (see pic). It looks to be plenty stable though. The 14kt. Waterman #4 is a lovely writing XF. It writes quite smoothly and has a good flow to it. It is wet enough to allow for some nice shading. The nib also has some nice flex going quite easily from 0.3mm to BBB (1.7mm). The XF nib also allows for some nice responsive and snappy flex action. Overall, a rare pen with some great qualities.

SIZE:  5 5/16″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #4, XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.7mm),  SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Sleeve Filler

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 12 – Wet Noodle (Near Perfect BCHR) (SOLD)

Waterman 12 – Wet Noodle (Near Perfect BCHR)  (See Price Here)

Here is a Waterman 12 in close to original condition. The BCHR is in amazing condition. It is still jet black and gleaming with the original shine. It has almost no fading. The chasing is also very crisp with no wear. As are the imprints. The gold-filled repousse bands are also in superb condition. The only flaw is that there is brassing on the edges of the clip. Without that the body of this pen would be in almost new condition. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a very wet writing Medium (0.6mm). It’s so wet in fact that it feels more like a Broad. It is also a superb flexing nib. It is wet noodle quality with very soft ease of flexing and a huge range going from 0.6mm to 2.4mm! (BBBB). When I found the nib it had two little cracks on each side of the breather hole, but I had it repaired by Greg Minuskin. You can still see the cracks, but the welds under the nib will hold for a very, very long time. Overall, this is a fantastic vintage Waterman Wet Noodle.

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, M to BBB+ (0.6mm-2.3mm),  WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Eyedropper

CONDITION: Excellent

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

 

Waterman 14 – Super Flex / Wet Noodle (SOLD)

Waterman 14 – Super Flex / Wet Noodle  (See Price Here)

Here is a very nice Waterman 14 in BCHR. The black hard rubber is faded to a medium brown. The chasing is still present, though it has mostly lost texture. The imprints, however, are still pretty and easily readable. The gold filled trim is in good condition. The repousse bands still look lovely. The edges do have a little bit of brassing, but you need magnification to see it. The clip is without brassing. The 14kt. Waterman #4 nib is a very lovely XF (0.3mm) that writes wet, smooth, and graceful. The nib also has lovely flex. It goes from XF to BBB (1.7mm) with ease. I have graded it as ranging between a Super flex and Wet Noodle. It’s on the soft side of super flex but a bit stiff for Wet Noodle. it is also quite responsive. The nib used to be cracked at the base, but it was welded closed by Greg Minuskin. He does excellent work and his welds are superb. The nib is more likely to crack somewhere else long before the weld ever fails.

SIZE:  5 5/16″ Capped

NIB: Waterman 14kt. #4, XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.7mm),  SUPER FLEX / 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

Waterman Red Mottled 52 1/2V – Super Flex / Wet Noodle (SOLD)

Waterman Red Mottled 52 1/2V – Super Flex / Wet Noodle  (On Ebay)

Here is a Waterman 52 1/2 V in red mottled hard rubber that is in very nice condition. The color is still very good with just a little bit of fading on the hard rubber. The imprints are still crisp and readable. The gold-filled trim (lever, band, and ring top) looks great with no brassing or scuffing. Finally, this 14kt. Waterman #2 is just a beauty. Normally, it writes as a F (0.4mm) that has a nice flow. It feels wonderful. It’s soft and smooth and just a little pressure brings a bit a flex. Normal writing results in a lot of nice shading as a result (see the sample pic). And this nib has beautiful flex. It ranges from F (0.4mm) to BBB (1.7mm). It flexes very easily. So much so that I would grade this as on the border between Super Flex and Wet Noodle. It also has some pretty good responsiveness. This is just a superb vest for every kind of writing.

SIZE:  4 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.7mm)  SUPER FLEX / WET NOODLE (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
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality