Wahl Wood Grain Ring Top XXXF – Wet Noodle

Wahl Wood Grain Ring Top XXXF – Wet Noodle (See Price Here)

This Wahl ring top is in a beautiful ebonite wood grain patter. This pen was used but well cared for. I say that for a couple of reasons. First, the pen is in fantastic condition. Although there are some dings on the top of the cap (normal from everyday use with a pocket chain), the gold filled trim shows no signs of brassing. The response trim on top of the cap is especially impressive. The only brassing is on the crown of the lever. Further, the color of this pen is superb. It even has some of its original shine. Very little signs of and fading. The second reason I say it was well cared for is that the barrel on the threads sustained a very small crack. But this crack was repaired by a legitimate pen repairer. An internal metal sleeve was inserted and bonded to the inside of the barrel. With such robust reinforcement the threads of barrel are now far stronger than they were ever new. Further, the crack is not very obvious. I actually missed until I saw the internal metal sleeve on disassembly. But the real winner of this pen is the 14kt. Eversharp “Flexible” #2 nib. This is a very, very rare XXXF (0.1mm) Eversharp wet noodle nib. Just look at the whisper lines this nib produces. The nib is not a paintbrush or near paintbrush in flex, but it does come rather easily. The responsiveness is about as good as you can get in a fountain pen. There is some feedback on the nib in normal writing, but who writes with a XXXF nib? If you are looking for a do everything nib, this probably isn’t for you. If you are looking for a beautiful tool for art or calligraphy, this may be the one. The price here reflects the rarity of the nib. The beauty of the pen doesn’t hurt either.

SIZE:  4 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Wahl #2, XXXF to BBB (0.1mm-1.7mm) WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Good (Excellent except for that small crack)

Restration Work:

  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Body thoroughly 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

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Minerva Brevetto 60 – Good / Super Flex

Minerva Brevetto 60 – Good / Super Flex  (On Ebay)

Minerva was a sub-brand of Omas. In my experience with Minerva the quality of the pen is on par with Omas, but the pens are paired down a bit (less trim, etc.). But I’ve only restored a handful. This pen probably dates to the late 40s-50s. It is a black celluloid in an almost identical style to an Omas of the same era. Gold filled trim is in great condition with no brassing. The pen is a piston filler, and it works great. There does appear to be a few very light teeth marks on the piston knob, but you’ll miss them unless you are looking close. The right tine of the nib has a little bit of a raised are toward the breather hole. At some point someone wanted this nib to write a bit finer than XF and attempted to reduce the flow. That’s how I found the nib. This left that right tine with a mark due to being bent down a bit. I adjusted the nib and functionally it’s strong, stable and writes great, but there is still that aesthetic mark. Anyway, the nib is a 14kt. Minerva XF (0.3mm). It writes plenty wet without overdoing it, and it’s also plenty smooth. I’ve graded the flex as a “good flex.” Ease of flex is closer to super flex, but the range is a little limited and there is a very occasional chance of a railroad. Basically after four lines or so the sample writing, it railroaded. I gave the pen a slight shake, and it picked up back. Four lines later, the same thing, and so on. Still, it’s a great pen for normal writing or flex work.

SIZE: 5 1/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Minerva, XF to BB (0.3mm-1.5mm)  GOOD/SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Good

Restration Work:

  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Pen cap and body polished
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Ink sac replaced
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 52 Red Ripple – Wet Noodle

Waterman 52 Red Ripple – Wet Noodle (On Ebay)

Here is a hard to find Waterman 52 Red Ripple with an XXF wet noodle nib. The red ripple hard rubber has a little bit of fading, but it still has pretty decent color. The gold filled trim is in overall good condition. The lever has a few nicks (see pics), but otherwise there is no brassing on the trim. Imprints are good and crisp and easily readable. The barrel bears the inscription “Helen Mitchell” with “L.C.C.I.” under the name. The 14kt. Waterman #2 nib is wonderful. It’s a XXF (0.2mm) that is pretty decently wet for so fine a nib. If you write very lightly, it only has a hint of feedback, which you would expect for so fine a nib. But it really takes very little pressure to cause the tines to start flexing, so you have to write very soft. It’s not really a pen for normal writing. The flex is near paintbrush soft and ranges up to BBB (1.7mm), but really it’s best around the 1.2-1.5mm range. If you are looking for monster lines, this isn’t the one. But if you are looking for something crisp, calligraphic lines, this is your pen. Responsiveness is fantastic as would be expected from such a fine flex nib. One warning; the nib is a little finicky about using the proper technique. Put more pressure on one tine (poor technique), and it will start to railroad. The XXF wet noodles is the most in demand flex nibs, and this one is on the highly desirable 52 Red Ripple. It’s probably not going to last long.

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XXF to BBB (0.3mm-1.7mm),  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
  • Nib and feed adjusted for optimal flow
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Conklin Endura – Super Flex/Wet Noodle

Conklin Endura – Super Flex/Wet Noodle – (On Ebay)

Here is a gorgeous Sapphire Conklin Endura ring top in superb condition. The body of the pen is beautiful. The color is fantastic. There very little sign of wear. The gold-filled trim has no brassing. Imprints are crisp and easily readable. And it’s a gorgeous color. The 14tkt. gold made it Toledo Conklin nib is a beauty. It’s a rather wet and smooth writing XF normally, but it has fantastic flex. I’ve graded this on the border between “super flex” and “wet noodle.” It’s really close to a “wet noodle.” It might be just a tad on the firm side of “wet noodle,” but it’s not a firm flex at all. The range of flex on this is awesome going from XF (0.3mm) to a massive BBBB+ (2.3mm) without much pressure. It also has very good responsiveness. It’s a top class flex nib. And it’s on a beautiful pen in collector’s quality condition.

SIZE:  4 1/2″ Capped

NIB:  Conklin Endura, XF to BBBB (0.3mm-2.3mm) SUPER FLEX/WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Excellent

Restoration Work:

  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & trimmed polished
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned
  • New ink sac installed
  • Nib and feed adjusted for optimal flow
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 12 – Wet Noodle

Waterman 12 – Wet Noodle  (See Price Here)

Another Waterman 12 in BCHR with gold-filled trim. This 12 is in impressive condition. The BCHR is still very black with only a slight bit of fading. The chasing is also crisp with a lot of texture left, and imprints look almost brand new. There is some brassing on the edges of the gold-filled clip. The gold-filled repousse bands look to be in superb condition. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a very interesting one. It is a very soft, wet noodle. Normally, it writes as an ultra wet stubish Medium. I do not overstate the wetness. You will need good paper (Rhodia, Tomoe River, etc.) otherwise you’ll be getting a lot of bleed through. The flex is also very wet and comes with ease ranging from M (0.6mm) up to a huge BBBB (2.2mm). Overall, a lovely Waterman 12 in great condition with a Wet Noodle stub nib.

SIZE:  4 7/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, M to BBBB (0.6mm-2.2mm),  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 52 – Super Flex / Wet Noodle

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

Here is a Waterman 52 in BCHR that is in great condition. The BCHR is only faded a little, but is still mostly black. There is some wear to the chasing, but it still is obvious and it still has texture. The nickel-filled trim is also in great condition. The lever does have some very small and light scuff marks that you can see on close examination, and the IDEAL on the lever is a bit worn. Imprints are very crisp and easily readable including those on the end of the barrel. The 14kt. Waterman #2 nib is a beauty. It is a very nice, soft writing XF. It is quite fine. Probably a bit finer than 0.3mm, but the wetness of the nib may make it feel closer to 0.3mm. The flex on this nib is also lovely. It flexes very easily up to BBB. Ease of flex is right on the border between Super Flex and Wet Noodle. I would grade it closer to Super Flex. Additionally, the nib has some great responsiveness and good flow. Overall, a superb vintage Waterman.

SIZE:  5 3/8 Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XF to BBB (0.3mm-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
  • Nib and feed adjusted for optimal flow
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

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 1/2″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #3, XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.8mm),  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