Conway Steward Dinkie Pen and Pencil Combo

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Conway Stewart Dinkie Pen and Pencil Combo (On Ebay)

Here is a Conway Stewart Dinkie 550 Pen with matching pencil. These pens really are dinkie measuring in just under 4″ long. This body of this pen is casein. It’s a very nice blue/ pearl swirl pattern that has a matte finish. Casein bodies are pretty, but they are also prone to issues. The pen has two creases that have developed. One is on the cap and the other comes from the bottom of the lever. You can’t hardly see them, but if you look for them they are not too difficult to find. The gold filled trim is mostly in decent condition. The clips and bands look good. The stud on the caps was originally brass I believe. The lever does show some brassing as does the section of the pencil. Imprints still look great. The 14kt. Conway Stewart nib is a very smooth writer. It’s not terribly wet, but the flow keeps up fine. A pretty little portable pen.

SIZE:  4″ Capped

NIB: Conway Stewart 14kt., F/M (0.5mm)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Good

Restration Work:

  • Pen (barrel, section, nib, feed, & cap) thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • Nib and feed adjusted for optimal ink flow
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

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Mabie Todd Swan – Super Flex (SOLD)

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Mabie Todd Swan- Super Flex (On Ebay)

Here us a U.S. made Mabie Todd Swan Self Filling Pen. The pen is in pretty good shape overall. The BCHR is still quite and black, and though the chasing is worn, it still has some texture. The imprints are also pretty good with only minimal wear. The gold filled lever has quite a few spots of brassing (see pic). The pen had no original clip and still does not. The 14kt. Mabie Todd #2 Swan nib is a real star. It writes as an ultra smooth XF/F (0.3mm) that is not overly wet or dry. Plus, it has a huge flex range going from 0.3mm to 2.3mm. That’s a range of 2.0mm! It’s ease of flex is not good enough for me to classify it as a “Wet Noodle,” but it is quite responsive making it an easy nib to control. It’s a fantastic flexing nib.

SIZE:  5 1/2″ Capped

NIB: Mabie Todd Swan #2, XF to BBB (0.3mm-2.3mm)  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 and adjusted for optimal flow
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

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Wahl Gold Filled w/ Clip – Wet Noodle (SOLD)

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Wahl Gold Filled W/ Clip – Wet Noodle (On Ebay)

Here is a lovely Wahl gold-filled pen of a ring top size only this has the clip rather than the ring top. The pen looks quite nice, but it does show some brassing. Particularly, there is brassing on the end of the barrel, and on the bottom and top edge of the cap. There is also some on the lever and clip, though it is much less noticeable. Has the personalization “Howard Bond” inscribed in print. The 14kt. #2 Wahl nib is ultra easy to flex. Writing with it take a light touch or you will end up flexing it accidentally. It is so soft, in fact, that it can be a bit difficult to control. Writes normally as a F with good flow. Not too wet or too dry, and with a bit of feedback. It flexes from 0.4mm to 1.9mm (F-BBB). Great pen.

SIZE:  4 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Wahl #2, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.9mm) WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Good

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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Waterman 12 – SUPER FLEX (SOLD)

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Waterman 12 Eye Dropper – SUPER FLEX  (On Ebay)

Here is a Waterman 12 Eyedropper with patent dates of 1889 and 1903. It is in very good condition. The BCHR is still quite black. In fact, it is black and not brown. It’s just a bit duller than original. The chasing as also faded and rubbed smooth, although still visible. Imprints are a little worn, but are still very readable. The clip is in good condition with only light plate loss (mostly visible only by magnification). The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a soft, flexy nib. Unfortunately, most of the iridium has been worn off. Only a very thin layer is left. Having said that, it is a very smooth medium and really writes like a stub. The flex is great going quite easily up to 2.2mm with good responsiveness. And as an eyedropper, the flow is definitely going to keep up.

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, M to BBB (0.6mm-2.2mm),  SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Eye-Dropper

CONDITION: Good

Restration Work:

  • Pen (barrel, section, nib, feed, & cap) thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • 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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Parker Lady Lucky Curve – Wet Noodle (SOLD)

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Parker Lucky Curve – Wet Noodle  

Here is a pretty little Parker Lucky Curve pen in “true blue.” The pen is in overall good condition. It’s a vest size pen. The true blue coloring is faded some but is still very pretty. There is some kind of nick in the side of the barrel and a similar on the cap (see pics). The gold filled trim is in good condition with minimal brassing. The 14kt. Lucky Curve nib is a great little flex nib with a range of 0.4mm to 2.3mm. This is not a paintbrush nib, but ease of flex is still very good. It has quite good responsive and control. It also writes well as a nice wet fine nib. FOR PRICE SEE HERE

SIZE:  4 1/2″ Capped

NIB: Parker Lucky Curve 14kt., F to BBB (0.3mm-2.3mm),  WET NOODLE  (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Button Filler

CONDITION: Good

Restoration Work:

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

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Waterman 52V – SUPER FLEX (SOLD)

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Waterman 52V – SUPER FLEX (On Ebay)

Here a nice Waterman 52V in BCHR. The hard rubber is still very dark though faded a little to a duller black. The chasing is worn some but still has some texture. The imprints are very crisp. The cap is missing the original clip. The nickel plated lever has minimal plate loss. The 14kt. #2 Waterman nib on this pen is a fabulous flex nib. It writes as an XXF and has pretty easy flex up to 1.9mm. It takes little just a little pressure to get the pen to write thicker if you wish. The ease of flex, good responsiveness, and XXF nib make for some great flex writing.

SIZE:  4 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, XXF to BBB (0.2mm-1.9mm),  SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Good

Restration Work:

  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Trim polished
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • Nib and feed adjusted for optimal flow
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

 

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Waterman Grey Pearl Pen & Pencil Combo – Super Flex (SOLD)

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Waterman Grey Pearl Pen & Pencil Combo – Super Flex – (On Ebay)

Here is a pretty little Waterman Grey Pearl Pen and Pencil Combo dating from the 40s. The grey pearl plastic is very lovely, shimmering celluloid body. There are several spots on the celluloid, perhaps due to an over zealous buffing wheel. I tried to capture them in a pic. You don’t see them due to the pattern, but looking closer you can see several. The gold trim on the pen is in great condition with little to no brassing. There is plate loss on the pencil section as well as the to of the cap. The pencil appears to still be in working condition. The 14kt. #2 Waterman nib is a wet and ultra smooth F that has some good flex up to 2.0mm.  Nice little and pretty little set.

SIZE:  4 1/2″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, F to BBB (0.4mm-2.0mm) SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Good

Restoration Work:

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

 

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Parker Vacumatic – Super Flex (SOLD)

 

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Parker Vacumatic –  SUPER FLEX (On Ebay)

Here is a Silver Pearl Parker Vacumatic with single jewel and in Debutante size. It is a postwar filler. It is a rare Vacumatic with a very flexible nib. The pen is in fair condition. The silver trim shows a good amount of wear on both the clip and the cap band. Barrel clarity is decent. There are teeth marks on the blind cap. The 14kt. Parker “arrow” nib is a very wet B (measures more in the Medium range, but feels like a broad). The flex on this nib is very easy. In fact, the nib is so malleable that if you over flex (which isn’t hard to do with this nib), the tines will go out of alignment. It takes some care in using it, but it still has great flex range up to 2.2mm.

SIZE:  4 9/16″ Capped

NIB: Parker Vac, B to BBB (0.7mm-2.2mm),  SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Vac Fill

CONDITION: Good

Restration Work:

  • Pen thoroughly cleaned
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • Nib and feed adjusted for optimal flow
  • Body and trim polished
  • Vac Filling system restored
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

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Waterman 54 – Good Flex (SOLD)

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Waterma 54 – Good Flex (On Ebay)

Here is a Waterman 54 in moderate condition. The chasing is worn, though still visible in spots. Imprints are worn but readable. The hard rubber has faded to a dark brown. It has an accommodation clip that has a decent amount of wear. The nickel plated lever is in good condition, though there is some wear on the sides of the lever box. There is also a chip out of the bottom lip of the cap (see pic). The 14kt. Waterman nib on this pen is actually a #5 (should be a #4). It later #5 from probably the 40s or so (the body likely dates to the 20s). Nevertheless, the nib works great in the pen. It is a fabulously smooth XF with good flow. It has a great flex range going from 0.3mm to 2.0mm, but ease of flex borders right between good and super.

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #5, XF – BBB (0.3mm-2.0mm), GOOD/ SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Fair

Restoration 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

 

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Wahl-Eversharp Skyline – Medium Flex (SOLD)

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Wahl-Eversharp Skyline – Medium Flex – (On Ebay) Here is a beautiful Wahl Eversharp Skyline in brown with gold filled trim. This is a standard Skyline in overall good condition. The plastic has some light scratching throughout the body. I have buffed and polished a lot of it out, but there is still some there. There is some plate wear on the edges of the lever. The clip has some scratching but has minimal brassing. The 14kt. Eversharp nib is a smooth and wet XF. It has decent flex range up to 1.7mm, but it is a bit too stiff to be graded higher than Medium Flex.

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Eversharp 14kt., F to BBB (0.4mm-1.7mm) MEDIUM 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

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