Waterman Starlet – Good/Medium Flex

Waterman Starlet – Good/Medium Flex – (On Ebay)

Here is a nice Waterman Starlet in grey marble celluloid. It’s in very good condition. The only real blemish that I see is a mark on the threads. At first I though it was a little piece of hardened shellac, but it appears to be a spot where the celluloid got too warm and melted a tiny bit. The pen still threads a quarter turn without issue, and it is quite small. The gold filled trim looks very nice with no signs of brassing. The 14kt. Waterman #2A is a lovely writing wet F (0.4mm). It has some flex. The range isn’t huge only going to 1.5mm and ease of flex is between my Medium and Good flex grade. It has decent responsiveness. These pens are much prettier in person.

SIZE:  4 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.5mm) GOOD/MEDIUM FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Excellent

Restoration Work:

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

 

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Waterman 52 V Red Ripple – Super Flex

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

This Waterman 52V Red Ripple is in nice condition. The hard rubber has faded some. A little more on the cap than the body. But it still looks pretty good. The imprints are partly faded. The gold filled band has a little brassing along the top edge. The clip and lever still look great. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a wet and smooth writing F. It’s a great vintage writer and it has some really nice flex. The range of flex is excellent going from F to BBB (0.4mm-1.8mm), and it comes very easily. This isn’t a wet noodle, but it is nearing that range. The flow is great keeping up well with the flexing nib. Overall this is a great, vintage Waterman with a top quality flex nib.

SIZE:  4 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, 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
  • Trim cleaned and 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

Wahl-Eversharp Skyline Gold-Filled – Super Flex

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

Here is a Skyline that was made to have a completely gold-filled body. There are almost no signs of brassing on this pen. There is a little plate loss on the middle of the lever from years of posting the pen. The pen has an inscription on the lip of the cap that reads “Ernest F. Gaul.” The pen does have two small dings. The first is very small, perhaps 2mm or so, in the cap. It’s more like a scratch. The second is a bit larger on the barrel. Most of the pen is ding free, however. The Eversahrp 14kt. nib is a beauty. It’s a wet writing, smooth F. And it has great flex going pretty easily up to BBB (1.8mm). Plus, it has some really nice responsiveness. Fantastic Skyline that isn’t easy to find.

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Eversharp 14kt., F to BBB (0.4mm-1.8mm) 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 and trim cleaned and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

 

Conklin Crescent 20 – Super Flex

Conklin Crescent 20 – Super Flex – (On Ebay)

This is the classic Conklin Crescent in size 20. The black hard rubber has faded a little to a slightly brownish black. The chasing is pretty good. A little worn in places. There is an area on the cap where it’s lost it’s texture, but the rest of the pen looks and feels good. Crescent filler is great condition. The trim looks good with no brassing. The imprints are mostly good and readable with just a spot here and there where it has faded some. The 14kt. Cokline Toledo #2 is a wet writing F that is smooth and a good writing vintage nib. It has some great flex that comes with ease and ranges all the way to 1.7mm. It also has some very nice responsiveness. It’s overall a superb pen.

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Conklin Toledo #2, F to BB (0.4mm-1.7mm) SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Crescent Filler

CONDITION: Excellent

 

Restoration Work:

  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned
  • Nib and feed tuned to write smoothly with optimal flow
  • Gold trim cleaned and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Wahl-Eversharp Skyline (Demi) – Super/Good Flex

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

Here is a Skyline in the demi size with navy blue barrel and gold-filled cap and dome. The pen is in good condition. There is some of the light scratching from use, but it isn’t too bad at all. Most of it came out in the polishing of the body. There is a scratch around the barrel that is from the edge of the cap when the gold-filled sleeve was loose and had slid down around the barrel. It’s issue with this pens, and I have rebounded the sleeve to the cap. I do not see and dings or brassing on the pen. The 14kt. Eversharp nib is a glorious XF (0.3mm). You’d be hard pressed to find a better XF writer. It’s smooth and fun to use. It also has some good flex ranging up to 1.6mm. It’s right on the border between good and super flex to me. I graded good flex because it’s a bit stiff and it doesn’t have elite range. Still, I love writing with this pen.

SIZE:  4 7/8″ Capped

NIB: Eversharp 14kt., XF to BB (0.3mm-1.6mm) SUPER/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

Waterman 23 – Super Flex

Waterman 23 – Super Flex (On Ebay)

This is a rare and difficult to come by Waterman. The latest patent date is 1884, and the pen likely predates the 1900s. The taper caps were meant to mimic the feel of a dip pen when posted, and they definitely give it that flavor. This pen is in great condition for it’s age. The cap has faded some to a grayish, brownish blackish color. But the body is still fairly black just a bit duller than original. The chasing is very good and imprints are still crisp. The repousse bands are also in nice condition with no brassing. The 23 comes with a 14kt. early Waterman #3 nib. It is very, very fine. Normally it writes as a XXF (0.2mm) but flexes up to BB (1.4mm). The flex on this nib isn’t huge, but it is perfect for hairlines. And it is so responsive that you can do much more quality flex work than with most nibs that flex larger. Responsivness and fineness trump big flex in my book, and this has them both. Great, quite rare vintage pen.

SIZE:  5 7/8″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, XXF to BB (0.3mm-1.4mm),  SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Eye-Dropper

CONDITION: Excellent

Restration Work:

  • Pen (barrel, section, nib, feed, & cap) thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • Clip 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 52 1/2V – Super Flex

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

Here is nice Waterman 52 1/2 V in BCHR. The black hard rubber has faded some to a dark brown, but the chasing on the pen is excellent and crisp. The imprints are also very clear and crisp. The nickel trim is in nice condition with no signs of brassing. The 14kt. Waterman #2 nib is a beauty. It’s a soft, wet, and springy F. It flexes softly with ease, near wet noodle ease, all the way to BBB+ (1.9mm). It has about average responsiveness, but it really takes very little pressure to make these tines spread.

SIZE:  4 1/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.9mm)  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
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality