Conklin Crescent 20 – Super Flex (SOLD)

Conklin Crescent 20 – Super Flex – (On Ebay)

This is the classic Conklin Crescent in size 20. The black hard rubber has faded a little to a slightly brownish black. The chasing is pretty good. A little worn in places. There is an area on the cap where it’s lost it’s texture, but the rest of the pen looks and feels good. Crescent filler is great condition. The trim looks good with no brassing. The imprints are mostly good and readable with just a spot here and there where it has faded some. The 14kt. Cokline Toledo #2 is a wet writing F that is smooth and a good writing vintage nib. It has some great flex that comes with ease and ranges all the way to 1.7mm. It also has some very nice responsiveness. It’s overall a superb pen.

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

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

FILLING: Crescent Filler

CONDITION: Excellent

 

Restoration Work:

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

Wahl-Eversharp Skyline (Demi) – Super/Good Flex (SOLD)

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

Here is a Skyline in the demi size with navy blue barrel and gold-filled cap and dome. The pen is in good condition. There is some of the light scratching from use, but it isn’t too bad at all. Most of it came out in the polishing of the body. There is a scratch around the barrel that is from the edge of the cap when the gold-filled sleeve was loose and had slid down around the barrel. It’s issue with this pens, and I have rebounded the sleeve to the cap. I do not see and dings or brassing on the pen. The 14kt. Eversharp nib is a glorious XF (0.3mm). You’d be hard pressed to find a better XF writer. It’s smooth and fun to use. It also has some good flex ranging up to 1.6mm. It’s right on the border between good and super flex to me. I graded good flex because it’s a bit stiff and it doesn’t have elite range. Still, I love writing with this pen.

SIZE:  4 7/8″ Capped

NIB: Eversharp 14kt., XF to BB (0.3mm-1.6mm) SUPER/GOOD 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 23 – Super Flex (SOLD)

Waterman 23 – Super Flex (On Ebay)

This is a rare and difficult to come by Waterman. The latest patent date is 1884, and the pen likely predates the 1900s. The taper caps were meant to mimic the feel of a dip pen when posted, and they definitely give it that flavor. This pen is in great condition for it’s age. The cap has faded some to a grayish, brownish blackish color. But the body is still fairly black just a bit duller than original. The chasing is very good and imprints are still crisp. The repousse bands are also in nice condition with no brassing. The 23 comes with a 14kt. early Waterman #3 nib. It is very, very fine. Normally it writes as a XXF (0.2mm) but flexes up to BB (1.4mm). The flex on this nib isn’t huge, but it is perfect for hairlines. And it is so responsive that you can do much more quality flex work than with most nibs that flex larger. Responsivness and fineness trump big flex in my book, and this has them both. Great, quite rare vintage pen.

SIZE:  5 7/8″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, XXF to BB (0.3mm-1.4mm),  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

 

Waterman 52 1/2V – Super Flex (SOLD)

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

Here is nice Waterman 52 1/2 V in BCHR. The black hard rubber has faded some to a dark brown, but the chasing on the pen is excellent and crisp. The imprints are also very clear and crisp. The nickel trim is in nice condition with no signs of brassing. The 14kt. Waterman #2 nib is a beauty. It’s a soft, wet, and springy F. It flexes softly with ease, near wet noodle ease, all the way to BBB+ (1.9mm). It has about average responsiveness, but it really takes very little pressure to make these tines spread.

SIZE:  4 1/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. 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 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

 

Conklin Crescent 40 – Wet Noodle (SOLD)

Conklin Crescent 40 –  Wet Noodle – (On Ebay)

This is the classic Conklin Crescent in size 40. The black hard rubber has faded to a dark chocolate brown. The imprints are also worn but mostly visible. The gold-filled trim shows no signs of brassing, but there are a few impressions on the clip (see pic). The name “G.W. Zeck” is imprinted in the side of the barrel. The other imprints on the pen are mostly worn off. There are a two small marks on the cap like little scrapes, and there is a hairline crack in the lip. The crack is so fine I almost missed it, and it looks and feels pretty stable. The crescent filler works great. The large 14kt. Conklin Toledo #4 nib is a very soft and very wet and very smooth writing M (0.55mm). It does have a little hump in the tines probably caused by someone trying to decrease the flow by bending the tines down. The nib flexes with ease going up to BBB+ (2.0mm). I have graded it Wet Noodle. It’s on the stiffer side of wet noodle. Not quite a paintbrush, but still quite soft. With some inks, you will get an occasional railroad. Still it’s a nice size Crescent Filler with a large flexy nib.

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Conklin Toledo #4, XF to BBB (0.55mm-2.0mm) WET NOODLE (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
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Moore Gold Filled Ring Top – Wet Noodle

Moore Gold Filled Ring Top – Wet Noodle  (On Ebay)

Here is a pretty little gold filled ring top by Moore. I like ring tops by Moore ring as they have a good quality feel to them. There are a nice weight and the caps always thread nicely. There is no brassing that I could find on this pen. There is one small ding on the body, but other than that the pen seems pretty clean other than the usual light scratching that comes with normal use. The initials “F.W.” are inscribed in the side of the cap. The 14kt #2 Moore nib is a very wet writing F that is smooth and soft, and it is has some fantastic flex. It ranges from a wet 0.4mm (F) to a large 1.8mm (BBB). It is very soft and smooth and has some nice responsiveness. A great, durable and portable noodle.

SIZE:  3 3/4″ Capped

NIB: Moore #2, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.8mm),  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
  • Pen body buffed and polished
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

 

Waterman 52V Red Ripple – Super Flex (SOLD)

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

Here is a nice Waterman 52V in Red Ripple. The 52 is the vest pen version (thus “V”) of the 52. It’s same bulk as the 52 but shorter. Posted it’s meant to feel like a 52 unposted, and I think it succeeds. It’s one my favorite vintage Waterman sizes. The hard rubber is a bit faded, though not bad at all. The gold filled trim looks good with no brassing. There are some small impressions in the lever, but no plate wear. Imprints are faded and barely readable. It is missing the ring at the top. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a gorgeous wet writing XF (0.3mm) that has some nice wet flex going up to BBB (1.8mm). Normally, it writes wet and springy like many Waterman’s of this era. The flex comes pretty easy, has plenty of flow to keep up, and pretty decent responsivess. It’s a great all around pen in beautiful Red Ripple.

SIZE:  4 3/8″ Capped

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

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Good

Restration Work:

  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Trim cleaned and 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

Onoto Plunger Filling Pen – Wet Noodle (SOLD)

Onoto Plunger Filler – Wet Noodle (On Ebay)

Here is an English classic: the Onoto pen by Thomas De La Rue company. It’s one of the first plunger filled pens ever made. The BCHR on this pen has faded to a dark brown color. The chasing on the body is worn though visible. Imprints still look pretty good. The slip cap fits snuggly. The 14kt. Onoto nib with over/under feed is a really nice, smooth writing F stub (0.5mm) with pretty good line variation for so fine a stub. It has very easy flex. Not quite a paintbrush, but still flexes with ease. However, the ink will start railroading after a bit unless you unscrew the plunger (this is pretty common on these pens). Once you do unscrew the back the ink just pours out. If you are looking for a flex pen for thinner, drier inks or one to get massive sheen look no further.

SIZE:  5 3/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Onoto, Fine Shade to BBB (0.5mm-1.8mm)  WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade Flex)

FILLING: Plunger Filler

CONDITION: Good

Restration Work:

  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned
  • New cork seal installed
  • New plunger installed
  • New plunger rod installed
  • Nib adjusted for flow and smooth writing

Parker Lucky Curve – Medium Flex (SOLD)

Parker Lucky Curve – Medium Flex  – (On Ebay)

Here is a black hard rubber Parker Lucky Curve. The hard rubber is still very black with little fading. The imprints are mostly readable though worn. The gold filled clip is in good condition with no brassing that I can see. The 14kt. Parker nib is a wet writing F. It’s a really nice and smooth writer. The nib has some flex going up to 1.2mm. I graded it as a medium flex, but many would call this a semi-flex. It’s a little softer than most semi-flexes, but I have no problem calling it a semi-flex nib. It’s a nice looking pen in good condition and with great writing nib.

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Parker 14kt., F-BB (0.4mm-1.2mm), MEDUIM FLEX

FILLING: Eyedropper

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
  • New pressure bar installed
  • Trim cleaned and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Mabie Todd Swallow – Super Flex (SOLD)

Mabie Todd Swallow – Super Flex (On Ebay)

Here is a lovely Mabie Todd “Swallow” in a green and black celluloid pattern. Parts of the green pattern have browned, especially on the body, which is not unusual for these pens. There is some light scratching from use, and a few light teeth marks on the end of the barrel. The gold filled trim really looks sharp on this pen, and is in pretty good condition. The lever does have some scratching, but there is no brassing that I can see. Imprints are present, but somewhat faded. The 14kt. Mabie Todd #2 is a wet and lovely writing F (0.5mm), which despite the wetness does really feel like a F (western F at least) to me. It has some nice soft flex with a great range going up to 1.9mm (BBB+)! A great, vintage Mabie Todd with some really nice flex.

SIZE:  4 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Mabie Todd #2, F to BBB (0.5mm-1.9mm)  SUPER 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
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Body buffed and polished
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality