Wahl BCHR Ring Top – Super Flex (SOLD)

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Wahl BCHR Ring Top – Super Flex 

Here is a Wahl Vest size pen (4 1/2″ capped) in BCHR. It is in very good condition. The black hard rubber is still, well, black. The chasing is excellent and the imprint on the top of the cap is still readable. The gold filled trim looks very good. There is a tiny bit of brassing on the edges of the bands, but I could only see with magnification. The pen is engraved “A. McGhee,” who a famous artist. Kidding. I have no idea this person is, but I’m sure he/she was/is very special to someone. A. Mchee did have teeth and left some bite marks on the section (see pic), but there aren’t really any marks anywhere else. The 14kt. Wahl #2 nib is a very nice, wet, and smooth writing F (0.4mm). It is a tad oblique (see pic). Flex is quite easy and the range is up to 1.7mm. It has pretty good responsiveness and the feed is plenty wet to keep up. This is very nice little Wahl pen.

SIZE:  4 1/2″ Capped

NIB: Wahl #2, F to BB (0.4mm-1.7mm) SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Excellent

Restoration Work:

  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Body and trim cleaned and polished
  • New sac installed
  • 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  

Here a nice Waterman 52V in BCHR. This is one of my favorite sized Watermans. It has the bulk of the 52 and feels like one when posted, but is also compact and portable. The black hard rubber on this pen has turned to a very dark, grayish brown. Chasing is a little worn but still has decent texture. The imprints are very crisp. This pen had no original ring top or clip. The nickel lever looks great with no brassing. The 14kt. Waterman #2 nib is a great nib. It writes as a wet, smooth and springy XF. Very smooth for such a fine nib. It has soft, responsive flex up to 1.8mm. A very quality flex nib.

SIZE:  4 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, F to BBB (0.3mm-1.8mm),  SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Excellent

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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Minerva by Omas Pen Set – Wet Noodle/ Super Flex

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Minerva by Omas Pen Set – Wet Noodle/ Super Flex (SEE PRICE HERE)

Miverva was a sub brand of Omas. The Minerva pens were made with the same quality as that of the main brand of Omas itself. Here we have an amazing set of Minerva lever filling made of black celluloid probably produced in the 30s. Both pens have some light scratching throughout the bodies. The gold filled trim looks pretty good with very little brassing. There is a small nick in the lever of the larger pen. The clip on the smaller pen is loose but still fastened to the cap. The faux alligator leather case is in decent condition. It still clicks shut well, but there is some wear on the top of the case. The nibs, specs, and pictures I will deal with separately.

Large Pen

The 14kt. Minerva nib is a beautiful wet writing F that is soft and springy. Unfortunately, some goober at some point attempted to remove the nib improperly and put a little bit of bend in the back side of the nib (see pic). It does not at all affect the functionality of the pen. It’s just a cosmetic imperfection. It has excellent, juicy flex that goes up to 1.8mm (BBB). It’s not quite a wet noodle, but it is getting close.

Small Pen

This Minerva nib is a beautiful XF with soft flex. It has a range of XF (0.3mm) to BB (1.6mm). It is fabulously responsive. It is not a paint brush wet noodle, but it is quite soft and the quality and crispness of the flex is very high and thus wet noodle grade.

SIZE: (LARGE) 5 1/8″ Capped; (SMALL)

NIB: (LARGE) Miverva 585, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.8mm)  SUPER FLEX;

           (SMALL) Minerva 585, XF to BB (0.3mm-1.6mm) WET NOODLE  (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

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LARGE PEN

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SMALL PEN

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 (SEE PRICE HERE)

Mabie Todd “Swan” w/ Over/Under Feed – Good Flex (SOLD)

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Mabie Todd Swan w/ Over/Under Feed – Good Flex (On Ebay)

Here is a made in New York Mabie Todd Swan eyedropper with an over/ under feed. The BCHR is still pretty black. Faded a little to a dark, blackish brown. The chasing is present but a bit worn. The imprint on the barrel is still very good. The pen does come with a Swan “repair box” and old eyedropper that was purchased with the pen. The eyedropper rubber is old and I would not advise using it. The 14kt. Swan nib is a very smooth M. Sorry, the measurements on the paper are incorrect. It’s range is about 0.5mm to 1.3mm. The nib is slightly oblique but it writes well at a normal angle. I would say the nib in normal writing is about a 4/10 in wetness. But it is delightfully smooth. The flex on this pen was tough to grade. Ease of flex on this is in the range of super flex, but the range is not great. Nor is the responsiveness. In some ways it acts like a good flex nib and in some ways it is more like a semi-flex. It’s a classic, incredibly old, and still a great writing pen.

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Mabie Todd Swan #2, M to BB (0.5mm-1.3mm)  GOOD FLEX (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
  • Body buffed and polished
  • 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 52 1/2V Red Ripple – Super FLEX (SOLD)

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Waterman 52 1/2V Red Ripple – Super Flex  (On Ebay)

Pretty little Waterman 52 1/2V ring top in Red Ripple hard rubber. The red ripple has some minor fading. Really very minor fading. The imprints are all excellent. The gold filled trim is also in very good condition. The one defect is that there is a small crack at the threads on barrel. It’s very difficult to see unless you are looking for it. I missed it the first time looking over the pen. The section still fits snug and the crack appears to be quite stable. I have bonded the section to the barrel with an agent that will loosen up nicely with some heat. That bond just gives it an additional strength while also allowing access to the sac if one should do so in the future. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a very smooth writing XF (o.3mm). Hard to believe it’s so fine as smooth as it is. I’ve graded the nib a super flex mainly because of it’s responsiveness. Really 1.6mm is when it is at its absolute wettest (like right after filling), but as responsive as this nib is you don’t even need to flex past 0.9mm to do some nice work.

SIZE:  4 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, XF to BB (0.3mm-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 and adjusted for optimal flow
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

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Sheaffer Balance Lifetime Triumph Nib – Standard Size (SOLD)

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Sheaffer Balance  (On Ebay)

Here is a Standard size (1000) Sheaffer Lifetime Balance with a Triumph nib. The pen is in very good condition. There is some very  light scratching throughout, but nothing very serious and is only noticeable upon close inspection. The gold filled trim looks good with no brassing and only minor scratching. Imprints are good and crisp. The 14kt. Triumph nib is an ultra smooth writing XF (0.3mm) that is about a 4/10 on the wetness scale (highly subjective of course). You would be hard pressed to find a smoother XF. It’s just superb. Overall, a very nice pen.

SIZE:  5 1/8″ Capped

NIB: Sheaffer Triumph Lifetime 14kt. XF (0.3mm)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Excellent

Restration Work:

  • Pen (barrel, section, nib, feed, & cap) thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Buffed out scratches and polished pen body
  • Nib polished and adjusted for smoothness
  • Trim cleaned and polished
  • New Sac
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

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Waterman 52 Red Ripple – SUPER FLEX (SOLD)

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Waterman 52 Red Ripple – SUPER FLEX (On Ebay)

This is a Waterman 52 Red Ripple in gold trim. The hard rubber is a little faded. There a few small scuffs and brassing marks on the gold filled lever as well as some brassing on the top edge of the band. The clip looks sharp and clean. Side imprint is worn but readable, but the “52” on the end is worn mostly away. The 14kt. Waterman #2 nib is a lovely, smooth writing XF (0.3mm). It’s a really nice writer and drier than most vintage Waterman’s, which is nice for writing on cheaper paper. It flexes quite easily up to 1.6mm. It is pretty snappy and has plenty of ink to keep up. Haven’t had it railroad on me yet.

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, XF to BBB (0.3mm-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

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