Mabie Todd Swan – Medium Flex

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

 

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Waterman 52V -Super Flex

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

 

Wahl-Eversharp Skyline – Super Flex

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

This is a beautiful standard size Skyline in black with the gold-filled cap and trim. There is some light scratching throughout the body of the pen, but most of it I have buffed and polished out. The gold-filled trim is in excellent condition. There is a bit of plate loss on the crown of the lever, but it isn’t very noticeable. The cap is in good condition as well. There is a small ding in the lip of the cap but otherwise it is pretty clean. The 14kt. Eversharp nib is a very wet writing M nib that is buttery smooth. The flex on this nib is superb. The flex comes with ease, and it is smooth and very wet. No railroading here. It’s one of the better Skyline flex nibs that I have come across recently. This is a top notch Skyline.

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Eversharp 14kt., M to BBB+ (0.6mm-2.0mm) 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

Waterman 14 P.S.F. – Medium / Good Flex

Waterman 14 S.F. – Medium / Good Flex (On Ebay)

The Waterman 14 P.S.F. (Pocket Self Filler) is the early version of a “54.” This is made of BCHR. The color has faded some to a dark brown. The chasing is worn but still visible. Imprints are a bit worn also, but still easily readable. The original clip is no longer present, but it does have a nice, clean accommodation clip. The nickel lever is in good shape with no brassing. The biggest flaw in the pen is that the 14kt. Waterman #4 has a crack at the base. It runs from the back of the nib up to the “IDEAL” imprint. The crack is not nearly as problematic as it would be if it were on the tines. The section holds the nib (and crack) tight and stable. The nib is a gorgeous writer. It is a soft and ultra smooth F (0.4mm). It also has some flex. This feed isn’t going to ever railroad and that also makes the range of flex higher going up to BB+ (1.6mm). Ease of flex is a bit on the stiff side, and so the “Medium/ Good Flex” grade.

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #4, F to BB (0.4mm-1.6mm),  MEDIUM / GOOD FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Fair

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

    

 

Vintage Gold-Filled Repousse Eyedropper – Super Flex

Vintage Gold-Filled Repousse Eyedropper – Super Flex  (On Ebay)

Here is a beautiful vintage, unbranded eyedropper fountain with stunning gold-filled repousse bands. Being unbranded there is no sure way to tell exactly what the date of it’s production. But these types of pens, especially in this repousse style, were made primarily in the 1880s-1910s, so it is highly likely that it comes from that span. The smooth hard rubber (no original chasing) has faded a little bit. I would say it’s grayed a bit more than it has browned. It’s still pretty much black though. The gold-filled repousse bands are in great condition with no braising. There are a few tiny dings in the blank area of the barrel meant for inscriptions (there are none on this pen). The 14kt. nib is also unbranded. It is a long-tined and elegant nib. It writes very lovely, very soft. It is a wet writing F (0.4mm) that is smooth. The flex on this nib is also very nice. I would say it’s a pretty solid “super flex.” It’s ranges from 0.4mm (F) to a large 1.8mm (BBB). That’s 1.4mm of range, so pretty good. It has average responsiveness (many of these old eyedroppers do due to how wet they write). It’s a stunning vintage pen that will fit well into any vintage pen collection.

SIZE: 5 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Unbranded, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.8mm),  SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Eyedropper

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

Wahl-Eversharp Skyline – Super Flex

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

This standard size Wahl-Eversharp Skyline is in dark burgundy color with gold filled trim. The pen is in very lovely shape. The body has some very light scratching as it typical for these pens. There is a small but deeper scratch next to the clip where the bottom the clip dug into the cap a bit. The gold-filled trim is in beautiful condition with no braising. There are really no other blemishes on the pen. The 14kt. Eversharp nib is a gorgeous writing F/M. It’s smooth and very wet. Technically, it’s a 0.5mm nib but it feels wider than that due to how wet it is. The flex on this nib is large going up to 2.2mm (BBBB). It’s not quite as responsive as I would like, but the range of flex is so large it isn’t hard to compensate.

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Eversharp 14kt., F/M to BBBB (0.5mm-2.2mm) 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