Wahl-Eversharp Skyline (Demi) – Super Flex

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

This Skyline comes in the smaller Demi size and has a black body and cap with gold trim. The body has only very light surface scratching, and much of that came out with a bit of buffing. There is a little bit of plate loss on the crown of the lever from the cap being posted. There are also some very, very tiny nicks on the edges of the clip. Finally, there is a bit of plate loss on the edge of the band as well. The 14kt. Eversharp nib is a beauty. Normally, the nib writes a F line that is wet and very smooth. It is an exceptional writer in my opinion and a joy to use. It also flexes quite easily up to 1.6mm (BB+). It has decent, though not exceptional, responsiveness and plenty of ink flow to keep up with whatever you are writing.

SIZE:  4 3/4″ Capped

NIB: Eversharp 14kt., F to BB (0.4mm-1.6mm) 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

 

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Waterman 52 1/2V Red Ripple – Super Flex

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

Here is a lovely Watermant 52 1/2 V with a ring top in red ripple hard rubber. The red ripple hard rubber does show some fading and thus a bit of dulling of the original red ripple color, but it still has plenty of color left. The imprints are very crisp with little to no fading. The gold-filled trim is also in excellent condition with no signs of brassing on the lever, band, and ring top. The Waterman #2 14kt. nib is a very fine (XXF) and lovely writing nib. It is quite smooth for how fine it is. The flex on this pen is in on the stiffer side of super flex, but the responsiveness is superb. Although the max width of the line isn’t enormous (1.5mm), it is plenty large enough to get quality line variation due to the XXF nib and to the snappy responsiveness of the nib. A beautiful little pen with impressive writing abilities.

SIZE:  4 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, XXF to BB (0.2mm-1.5mm)  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

Wahl-Eversharp Skyline – Good Flex

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

Here is a standard size Skyline in burgundy with gold filled trimming. The body of this pen is in good condition with just some very light scuffing from normal use. There is a bit more scuffing on the section, and it looks a bit duller than the body as a result. There is no brassing or plate loss on any of the gold-filled trim. There are a few small dings on the cap (see pics). The 14kt. Eversharp nib is a lovely writing XF with some flex. Normal writing in this pen is superb. The nib is smooth and elegant. A great writer. It also has some decent flex going up to BB (1.6mm). It’s a bit stiff to be a graded super flex, but it does have some nice responsiveness. Skylines are known for being great writing pens, and this nib makes a great experience even better.

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Eversharp 14kt., XF to BB (0.3mm-1.6mm) 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 52 V Red Ripple – Super Flex

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

This is a beautiful 52V in Red Ripple hard rubber in very nice condition. The fading on the red ripple hard rubber is very minimal, and the pen body is still popping with bright color. The imprints are still pretty good and easily readable. The gold-filled trim looks good as well, but does have a few spots of brassing. These include a couple of small spots on the lever, a little on the ball of the clip, and a couple tiny spots on the “Waterman’s” on the clip. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a good one. It’s a very nice, wet writing F (0.4mm) with a soft and smooth sweet spot. The line the nib produces does have a little bit of character to it, but I wouldn’t call it a stub. The flex on this pen is lovely as well. It flexes easily up to 1.8mm. But the real joy is just how snappy and responsive it is. It’s easy to achieve some beautiful calligraphy with this nib. A gorgeous red ripple Waterman with superb flex nib. What more can you want?

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
  • 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

Mabie Todd Swan – Medium Flex (SOLD)

Mabie Todd Swan – Medium Flex (On Ebay)

Here is a nice made in England Mabie Todd Swan #3360. The pen is made of smooth black hard rubber, which has faded to a dark brown. Some of the perks of this particular model is that the threads are actually metal, and the section screws out. This gold filled trim is in great condition with no brassing or much in the way of blemishes. The imprints are all nice and crisp. The only fault perhaps is that the lever is a bit stiff. The 14kt. “Swan” #3 nib is a beautiful writing F/M (0.5mm). It is wet and beautifully smooth. If you are looking for a nice writing vintage pen, it would be hard to do better. It does have some flex with some great rang producing swells all the way up to 1.8mm. The nib, however, is a bit on the stiff side, which is why I graded it as a “medium flex”.

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Swan #3, F/M to BBB (0.5mm-1.8mm) MEDIUM 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 52V -Super Flex (SOLD)

Waterman 52 – Super Flex (On Ebay)

This is a Waterman 52 in vest pen size (“V”) and made from black chased hard rubber. The BCHR body has browned some to a dark, grayish brown. The chasing has also worn smooth in some places (like on the cap), though it is still visible throughout the pen. Imprints are also worn a bit, though mostly readable. The nickel filled trim is in overall good condition. No pitting or plate loss. Some light and very small scuffs are present in a few places. The Waterman #2 14kt. nib on this pen is a beauty. It is a F (0.5mm) stub nib that writes soft and glassy smooth. The nib is wet, though not gushing. And it has some superb flex action ranging from F to BBB+ (2.0mm). The flex comes quite easily and has some excellent responsiveness. The stub quality of the nib works beautifully with the flex, and is a real and unique pleasure to use. These flex stubs are not  that easy to find.

SIZE:  4 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, F/M to BBB (0.5mm-2.0mm), 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

Parker Lucky Curve Ring Top – Wet Noodle

Parker Lucky Curve Ring Top – Wet Noodle  (On Ebay)

This Parker Lucky Curve vest size, ring top pen is made of black hard rubber with a gold-filled top. The body is nothing to write home about. The hard rubber has not faded a lot and is still very black. The body is smooth (no original chasing, I believe), but there is some light scratching throughout the pen. The imprints are faded some. Mostly they are readable, but there are a few parts you cannot read.  The gold-filled crown and ring top have no brassing, but there are some light dings. What is special about the pen is the 14kt. Parker Lucky Curve #2 nib. It writes normally as a smooth and wet writing F. It’s a really lovely, soft, elegant writer. But the flex on this pen is sheer pleasure. This nib isn’t paintbrush soft. I would even say it’s borderline between “super flex” and “wet noodle.” But the responsiveness of this nib is rare. This is a nib for artists and calligraphers. This is a wet pen, and it’s not a needle point, and that just makes the responsiveness of this nib that much more impressive. Here is a nib that will not disappoint.

SIZE:  4 1/2″ Capped

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

FILLING: Eyedropper

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 ink sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality