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 1898, 1899, and  1903. The pen is in excellent condition. Good enough that if you handed it to someone who knew nothing about such things, they would think it is a pretty new pen. The BCHR is black with minimal fading. The chasing and imprints are crisp. The “12” on the end of the barrel is a little worn. This was a clipless model, and I believe predates the clip. The 14kt. #2 Waterman nib is a great nib. It is a wet, stubbish F (0.4mm). As a stub, it isn’t as smooth as a rounded nib, but if you hit the sweet spot it works great. The flex on this nib is excellent. The line variation, while quite good, just doesn’t tell the whole story. The nib flexes easy and with great responsiveness. And it has a great springy, snappy action. Nibs like these make flex writing feel so much easier.

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, F (stub) to BBB (0.4mm-1.8mm),  SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Eye-Dropper

CONDITION: Excellent

Restration Work:

  • Pen (barrel, section, nib, feed, & cap) thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • Clip 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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Wahl-Eversharp Gold-Filled Skyline – Super Flex! (SOLD)

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

Here is a standard size Skyline with a ribbed gold-filled body. The pen is in good condition with only a few issues. There is some scratching as is typical on gold-filled pens. And there are a few very small dings. I tried to capture them on camera but was mostly unsuccessful. They aren’t very obvious. Also, if you’ve ever cleaned the ribbed gold-filled Skyline caps, you know that it is almost impossible to get all the tarnish out of the tiny crevices. The same is true for this pen. There is a also a small gap between the top of the “sleeve” of the cap and the beginning of the clip/derby section. Having said all that, I can’t find any brassing on the pen. The 14kt. Eversharp nib is a nice, wet, very smooth writing F/XF (0.35mm). It has some very nice flex as well going up to 1.8mm. The flex is quite easy and very smooth. And as is common with a lot of Skylines, you don’t have to worry about ink flow. A real joy to use.

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Eversharp 14kt., XF/F to BBB (0.35mm-1.8mm) 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
  • New sac installed
  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Body and trim cleaned and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

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Conklin Crescent – Good Flex (SOLD)

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Conklin Crescent – Good Flex – (On Ebay)

Here is the classic Conklin Crescent pen #20. The BCHR has maintained decent color though it is faded to a dark, blackish brown. However, the chasing is almost completely worn off and looks almost like a smooth pen. Imprints are worn, but visible and most readable. The pen appears to have a clip at one time but no longer. The accommodation looks rustic (I kind of like these), has plenty of wear, but does the job well. The crescent filler has some wear but no brassing that I could see. The 14k. Conklin #2 writes as an XXF (0.2mm) and is very smooth for how fine it is. The nib does have two cracks however. One at the base (see pic). It stops before it reaches the “Toledo” imprint and is a surface crack a doesn’t go all the way through. The second crack comes out of the back of the crescent air hole but stops at the “k” in “Conklin.” I’ve put the pen through it’s paces and both cracks seem pretty stable. The nib has some good flex going up to 1.6mm but it is a bit too to be graded super flex.

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Conklin Toledo #2, XXF to BB (0.2mm-1.6mm) GOOD FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Crescent Filler

CONDITION: Good

Restoration Work:

  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned
  • Nib and feed tuned to write smoothly with optimal flow
  • Gold trim cleaned and polished
  • New ink sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

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Venus “President” Pen – Semi-Flex (SOLD)

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Venus “President” Pen – SEMI FLEX (On Ebay)

The Venus pen company was part of the American Pencil Co. This pen dates likely from the 40s. The celluloid body is very similar to that of a Conklin Glider. It’s a beautiful pin stripe design and looks really nice in person. The gold-filled trim is in good condition. Maybe some slight brassing on the sides of the clip, and there are some tiny scratches on the thin band if you look close. There are a few small scuffs on the body, but it is hard to see unless you see in in the light just right. Imprint is good. The 14kt. Venus nib is a soft, smooth XF (0.3mm). It has a nice ball of tipping at the end and writes pretty decently (and even more fine) upside down. The nib has some flex that comes easily and has pretty decent responsiveness. This isn’t a big name pen brand, but it’s still quite a nice pen.

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Venus 14kt., XF-B (0.3mm-1.1mm),  SEMI-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 adjusted for optimal flow
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

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Waterman 3 – Super Flex (SOLD)

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Waterman 3 – Super Flex  (On Ebay)

Here is a Waterman 3 in green, pearl, and brown celluloid. The pen is very good condition. There is little scratching. The chrome plated trim shows minimum wear. Most of the wear is on the clip but not enough to remove the chrome plating. The pen is inscribed with the name “Harold Deeter.” Imprints all look great. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a really nice writing nib. It is around 0.4mm but it’s stubbish with some interesting line variation. It feels more like a Medium. It writes smooth, soft, and wet. Additionally, the pen has some really nice flex going up to BBB (1.9mm). The flex is easy taking little pressures and is quite responsive. And the stubbish nib adds definition to the flex writing. Great pen.

SIZE:  5″ Capped

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

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Excellent

Restration Work:

  • Pen (barrel, section, nib, feed, & cap) thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Nib and trim polished
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned
  • Nib and feed tuned to write smoothly and with optimal flow
  • Body buffed and polished
  • New Sac Installed
  • Test driven for at least a week to insure quality

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Moore BCHR L-92 – Super Flex (SOLD)

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Moore BCHR L-92  – Super Flex

Here is a vintage Moore L-92 in BCHR. The hard rubber is still quite black with only minimal fading. The chasing is still very good. Nice texture and only slightly worn. Imprints are also quite good. It is unfortunately missing the clip (See pic). The gold filled lever has no brassing and looks almost new. The 14kt. Moore #2 nib is fantastic. It is a very soft flex nib that writes glassy smooth. It isn’t overly wet when writing normally. I said it was a 5 of 10 in wetness on the paper, but it might be a little wetter than that. Not much though. The flex goes from XF (0.35mm) to BBB (2.0mm) with little pressure. This is pretty close to a wet noodle. It’s soft and responsive. Overall, it’s a great vintage flex pen.

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Moore #2, XF/F to BBB (0.35mm-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 and adjusted for optimal flow
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

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Mabie Todd Swan Sterling Silver Ring Top – Semi Flex (SOLD)

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Mabie Todd Swan Sterling Silver Ring Top – Semi Flex (On Ebay)

This is a New York made Mabie Todd ring top in sterling silver. The ring top is an impressively made piece, but it is quite small measuring 3 1/4″ capped and 4 3/8″ posted. The barrel diameter is about that of a #2 pencil. The sterling silver exterior is in overall good condition. It does have some scratching on the back due to posting the cap. Only light scratching elsewhere. There are also some spots that were heavily tarnished that I was not able to quite polish off. The 14kt. Mabie Todd #1 nib is a nice writing XF (0.3mm) that has a little bit of flex. It doesn’t hold a lot of ink, so it won’t run flex for very long. A gorgeous and super portable pen with some flex on the go.

SIZE:  3 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Mabie Todd Swan #1, XF to B (0.3mm-1.1mm)  MEDIUM FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Good

Restration Work:

  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Pen body 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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Wahl-Eversharp Skyline (Demi) with Gold Derby – Medium Flex (SOLD)

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

Here is a pretty Skyline in burgundy with a large gold-filled band and a gold-filled derby. The pen is in great condition. It does have a few small scratches at the end of the barrel and one next to the bottom of the clip, but otherwise it only has very light scratching. There is some brassing along the bottom of the cap band, and also a little bit of plate loss in the middler part of the lever where a posted cap rubs. There is a small ding in the derby. Overall, this Skyline looks really sharp. The 14kt. Eversharp nib is a very wet F/M (0.5mm) and writes very smooth. It has some decent flex up to 1.6mm. I graded this as medium flex because it is not quite responsive enough to be graded higher. Beautiful Skyline in demi size.

SIZE:  4 7/8″ Capped

NIB: Eversharp 14kt., F/m to BB (0.5mm-1.6mm) 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
  • 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 with 18KR Overlay – Wet Noodle (SOLD)

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Waterman 52 with 18KR Overlay – Wet Noodle ( See Price Here )

This is an unique Waterman 52 with an 18kt. gold filled overlay. The overlay was done by the Italian Waterman importer Fratelli Cavaliere. So it is an American made Waterman with an Italian overlay for a European market. The pen is in overall great condition. The one rough spot is the lever box. The tab underneath the box (and that holds these in place) broke at some point and someone had the great idea (sarcasm) of trying to solder it to the pen. I’ve removed most of the solder, but the lever box does appear a little rough. I used an adhesive for box, which will last a good long time. There is only a tiny bit of brassing on the cap near the clip. The clip is loose but isn’t going anywhere. There are a couple of dings, but very few for a full overlay pen like this. The intricate design on the overlay is very nice and is real quality work. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a nice wet noodle nib. This isn’t a paintbrush, but it is very soft as well as responsive. It writes normally (or at least with very little pressure) as an XXF. Just a little bit more pressure and it is much wetter. More like a F. Normally writing is quite smooth for how fine the nib is. It flexes up to 2.0mm easily. A beautiful, unique wet noodle. See Price Here

SIZE:  5 1/2″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, XXF to BBB (0.2mm-2.0mm),  WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Good

Restration Work:

  • Pen (barrel, section, nib, feed, & cap) thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • Body cleaned and polished
  • 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 52V Red Ripple – Wet Noodle (SOLD)

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Waterman 52V Red Ripple  – Wet Noodle  (On Ebay)

This is a Waterman 52V Red Ripple that appears to have been made for a European market. It comes with nickel plated trim which is pretty unusual for red ripples, and nickel plating over brass is even more unusual. The hard rubber has faded. The imprints are a little worn but very readable. I believe the pen originally had a clip and was later replaced with an accommodation clip. The accommodation clip does have significant wear to the plating. There is just a little bit of brassing on the cap band, but the lever appears to be free of plate loss. The 14kt. Waterman #2 nib is a fantastic flex nib. It writes as a F/M with a bit of line variation making feel a bit stubbish. It is quite wet but not so wet that it is sloppy. Unfortunately he breather hole on the nib has very small crack on the left side (see pic). It is not that rare for a vintage flex nib to do this, and in my experience such cracks are quite stable and do not grow. The wet noodle flex isn’t quite a paintbrush, but it is still very easy. You will flex without intending to and the range is huge going up to 2.4mm, and that’s without really pushing it. It also is quite responsive. A fairly unusual Waterman pen with a nice wet noodle nib.

SIZE:  4 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, F to BBB (0.5mm-2.4mm),  Wet Noodle (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
  • Trim polished
  • New Ink Sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

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