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

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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

Waterman 52 Wood Grain – Wet Noodle

Waterman 52 Wood Grain – Wet Noodle (On Ebay)

Here is a lovely Waterman 52 in wood grain / red mottled hard rubber. There is some mild fading,  bu the color is still quite good. It’s just dulled a slight bit. Imprints are good, slight bit of wear, but easily readable except for the “Waterman”, etc. imprint on the end of the barrel (not the “52”), which has some wear from posting. That imprint is generally hard to see in rippled/mottled models even when in good condition. There is a little bit of brassing on the ball of the clip, but you can’t really see it. The lever has just a little brassing on the edge of the globe. Otherwise the gold-filled trim is in great shape. The 14kt Waterman #2 nib is a beauty. It writes as a soft and very wet F (0.4mm), but with just a little bit of pressure it flexes easily up to 1.9mm (BBB+). Ease of flex is probably closer to a high super flex than a paintbrush wet noodle, (I know it’s all subjective, but I’m trying.) but it’s still very soft. It has okay responsiveness. Not bad, not amazing, just good.  It’s a very nice writer normally. Overall, a beautiful, well-maintained, excellent in appearance, 52.

SIZE:  5 5/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, F to BBB (0.5mm-1.9mm),  WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Excellent

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

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Waterman 52 – Super Flex

Waterman 52 – Super Flex (On Ebay)

Here is a Waterman 52 in decent condition. Actually, the cap is in great condition, but the body has more definite signs of age and use. It’s a BCHR pen. The cap is a dark brown black and the body has turned to more a dark brown. Chasing is still visible with texture on the cap while it is mostly visible but without texture on the body. Imprints are faded and only partly readable. The “52” on the end of the barrel is no longer visible. The body is personalize with the name “Robert Desel.” Nickel-filled trim is in great condition with no brassing that i can see. The 14kt. Waterman #2 nib is a nice writing ultra fine nib. It’s bordering between XXF and XF at 0.25mm. And it has decent flex. It ranges from 0.25mm to 1.7mm with very nice responsiveness. It is a bit on the stiff side of “super flex,” but such a fine nib with a good responsive action makes for some lovely flex work.

SIZE:  5 3/8 Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XXF to BBB (0.25mm-1.6mm), 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

Wahl-Eversharp Skyline – Good/Super Flex

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

This is a gorgeous Skyline in burgundy with a green and black pinstripe cape and a large gold-filled band. The pen is in great condition. The body shows very little wear. The gold-filled trim looks great. There is a little bit of plate loss on the crown of the lever. The band looks great. There is also a small, hardly noticeable, indent on the cap next to the clip, and probably made by the clip. The 14kt. Eversharp nib is such a beautiful writer. It’s a Fine (0.4mm) stub. It has a nice flow, it’s buttery smooth, and it has some definite character to it. A pure pleasure to write with. The nib also has some pretty nice flex ranging up BBB+ (1.8mm). It has decent responsiveness. I’ve rated it on the border between “good” and “super” flex mainly because it is a bit on the stiff side for “super flex.” Still this pen is a beauty and that nib is such a joy.

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Eversharp 14kt., Fine Stub 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 buffed for scratches
  • Body and trim cleaned and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Omas Extra Brevette 555 – Super Flex / Wet Noodle (Near Mint)

Omas Extra Brevette 555 – Super Flex / Wet Noodle (Near Mint) (See Price Here)

Here is a beautiful ladies size Omas Extra 555. It’s similar in shape to the Ogiva but smaller. The pen is in great condition with very little signs of use. The cap has no brassing or scrapes. The imprint still has the original paint in it. The black celluloid body is also glossy and nearly flawless. The original piston is smooth and draws up ink well. This 14kt. Omas Extra nib is amazing. It writes normally has an XXF (0.2mm) that is pretty smooth. A tiny bit of pressure and you can get a wetter and broader line if you wish. The flex on this nib is beautiful. It is ultra responsive and flex comes with ease. The range of flex is great going up to BBBB (1.9mm). It’s not quite a wet noodle in ease of flex, but all it’s other qualities are superior wet noodle qualities. If you are looking to do some nice precise flex work, such as calligraphy, this is a great pen. And if you just want a superb vintage Omas, then this is just about as good as it gets.

SIZE: 4 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Omas Extra, XXF to BBBB (0.2mm-1.9mm)  WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade Flex)

FILLING: Plunger Filler

CONDITION: 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
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality