Wahl Oversized Flat Top – Super Flex (SOLD)

Wahl Oversized Flat Top – Super Flex – (On Ebay)

Here is a Wahl Flat Top Oversize pen in a green celluloid. The pen is in pretty good condition. The green has browned in spots on the cap (probably due to ink staining from inside the cap), and is a hair lighter in color on the cap than the body. But overall the color is quite good for this material which is generally much more altered.  The black hard rubber ends are still jet black black and shiny. The gold filled trim all looks to be free of brassing. The one flaw the pen has is the lever is a little bent in the middle leaving the bottom and top of the lever sticking out from the body a little. There are also a few marks on the lever. The massive 14kt. Wahl-Eversharp nib is a factory made Gold Seal “FLEXIBLE” (The “flexible” imprint is hidden under the section). It writes normally as a XXF (0.2mm) and has a nice flex range up to BBB (1.8mm). The flex is on the stiff side for a super flex, but with that kind of range I felt that grade was warranted. If you like big pens and fine nibs, this is for you.

SIZE:  5 1/2″ Capped

NIB: Wahl-Eversharp “Signature”, XXF to BBB (0.2mm-1.8mm) SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Good

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

 

Waterman 52 – Super Flex (SOLD)

Waterman 52 – Super Flex (On Ebay)

Here is a Waterman 52 in BCHR. The BCHR is browned to a dark brown and the chasing is worn and pretty smooth, though mostly visible. The nickel trim looks to be in good condition. I’m guessing this pen is from a French market with an after factory nickel band that is quite distinctive. The original lever was either lost or removed and instead replaced with a made in France Waterman “Ideal” accommodation clip. These clips are rather valuable in and of themselves and are gorgeous in my opinion. If you look close you can see a black stripe on the body just below the cap likely because this cap was a replacement. It is still a genuine 52 cap and threads beautifully. The 14kt. Waterman #2 nib is a very wet writing F (0.4mm) that has some nice springy flex up to near BBB (1.7mm). Very classy looking vintage Waterman with some nice flex.

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XF to BB (0.4mm-1.7mm),  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

Conklin Gold Filled Pen – Super Flex (SOLD)

Conklin Gold Filled Pen – Good Flex – (On Ebay)

Here is a gold filled pen made by Conklin. There is no brassing on the body that I can see. It is missing the original clip. It has a few tiny dings but noting very noticeable. The lip of the cap appears to have been bent out just a little bit in a few spots. The 14kt. Conklin #3 nib is a very wet writing F. It is smooth with a nice softness to it. The flex comes pretty easy and goes up to BB (1.6mm), and it has decent responsiveness. A nice sturdy pen with some good flex.

SIZE:  5″ Capped

NIB:  14kt. Conklin #3, F to BB (0.4mm-1.6mm) SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Good

Restoration Work:

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

 

Mabie Todd Swan Minor – Super/Good Flex (SOLD)

Mabie Todd Swan- Super/Good Flex (On Ebay)

Here is a made in England Mabie Todd “Swan” Minor in black hard rubber. The chasing on the barrel is decent, but it is mostly worn off on the cap. The black hard rubber has faded to a dark brown. The imprints still look pretty good. The lip of the cap appears to have about a millimeter or so that was cut off. It was probably chipped and so trimmed to make it uniform. The black lever is in good condition. Someone also appears to have decided to buff and polish the hard rubber so it is shiny. The 14kt. Swan #1 nib is a lovely writing XF. It is smooth and fairly wet. It also has some decent flex. The range of flex is very nice going from 0.3mm (XF) to 1.7mm (BB). The ease of flex is pretty good though the responsiveness is a little slower than I would like for a super flex, which is why I’ve graded it to be somewhere between good and super flex. Lovely writing pen.

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Mabie Todd Swan #2, XF to BB (0.3mm-1.7mm)  SUPER/GOOD 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

Wahl Flat Top – Super Flex (SOLD)

Wahl Flat Top – Good Flex – (On Ebay)

Here is a Wahl Flat Top in BCHR. The hard rubber is still quite dark. The cap is still black and the body is a dark brown. The chasing is still very good. There is some scratching on the back of the barrel (from being posted I assume). There are also two small cracks on the lip of the cap. They appear stable. The nickel plated lever has some scratches. The clip looks pretty good with some wear, but still looks pretty good. The 14kt. Wahl #2 is a smooth writing XF (0.3mm) that writes wet but not gushing. The flex on this pen goes up to 1.6mm (BB). The flex is a little too firm to be graded super flex, but it has pretty decent responsiveness. This pen still has plenty of life left in it.

SIZE:  5 1/8″ Capped

NIB: Wahl #2, XF to BB (0.3mm-1.6mm) GOOD 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
  • Body and trim cleaned and polished
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality