Mabie Todd Swan Minor Red Mottled – Super Flex (SOLD)

Mabie Todd Swan Minor Red Mottled- Super Flex (On Ebay)

This is a made in England Mabie Todd Swan Minor with a No.2 nib. The pen is made of a nice red mottled hard rubber. The color is still quite good with only a little bit of fading. The imprints are also very good and crisp. The nickel filled clip has some wear from use. Most of the nickel remains in tact but it is matted and scuffed from the wear. The lever of this model was and is black in color and is in good shape. The 14kt. #2 Swan nib is a smooth writing F (0.5mm) with medium wetness. This is not a gusher but the flow keeps up. The nib doesn’t have that super buttery feel a wet nib will have, but it is still very smooth. The flex on this is pen is very good. It ranges from F all the way to a BBB (1.8mm). The flow is very good and the nib has good snap back.

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. #2 Swan, F to BBB (0.5mm-1.8mm)  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 BCHR Flat Top with Roller Clip – Super Flex (SOLD)

Wahl BCHR Flat Top with Roller Clip – Super Flex – (On Ebay)

Here is a Wahl flat top pen in BCHR. The black hard rubber has faded to a mostly dark brown with spots of lighter brown on the cap. The chasing on the pen is worn a little but is still quite visible and has texture to it. The gold-filled trim is in overall good condition. The roller clip looks beautiful. There is a little bit of brassing on the crown of the lever. The Wahl #2 nib is a superb XF (0.3mm) that writes soft and smooth, especially for such a fine nib. It also has some beautiful flex going from a superb range of XF to BBB (0.3mm to 1.8mm). The ease of flex is near wet noodle, but not quite. And the responsiveness of the nib is excellent.

SIZE:  5 1/8″ Capped

NIB: Wahl #2, XF to BBB (0.3mm-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
  • Trim cleaned and polished
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

 

Waterman 12 Red Mottled – Super Flex (SOLD)

Waterman 12 Red Mottled – Super Flex  (On Ebay)

Here is a very nice Waterman 12 in red mottled hard rubber. The latest patent date on the pen is 1903. There is a bit of fading on the hard rubber, but overall it still has good color. The imprints on the pen are good and crisp. The pen came to me with a Mercantile accommodation clip that I will pass on to the buyer, but this pen did not have a clip originally. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is the original older style Waterman nib, and it is lovely. It is a soft, smooth writing F that is wet but not gushing. It has significant flex to it. While it is just a hair too stiff to be a “wet noodle,” it has wet noodle like range of flex going from 0.4mm to a huge 1.9mm (F – BBB+). The nib is also nicely responsive. Overall, this is a beautiful, hundred plus year old Waterman eyedropper.

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, F 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
  • Inside of barrel thoroughly cleaned.
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

 

 

Waterman 12 – Super Flex (SOLD)

Waterman 12 – Super Flex  (On Ebay)

Here is a Waterman 12 eyedropper in BCHR. The black hard rubber has faded to a dark brown and the chasing on the pen, though still visible, has been worn smooth. The imprints, though, are still quite crisp and easily readable. At some point, the lip of this cap was probably chipped as about 1mm of the lip was trimmed off. This pen is clipless and was originally made that way. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is smooth writing F (0.4mm) that is surprisingly not super wet as is common with these vintage eyedroppers. It also has a soft, easy flex that ranges up to BBB (1.8mm). There is a very slight depression in the tines near the tip that you can see in certain lighting, but it does not affect the performance of the nib. For an eyedropper it has pretty good responsiveness for good crisp flex writing.

SIZE:  5 1/8″ Capped

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

FILLING: Eyedropper

CONDITION: Good

Restration Work:

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

 

Waterman 3V – Good Flex (SOLD)

Waterman 3V – Good Flex (On Ebay)

Here is a Waterman vest pen in size 3V in green and red marble. The pen is in fair condition. There are no major scratches and no cracks. The end of the barrel does show some crazing as you can see. The cap is also missing the thin chrome band. The chrome plated clip and lever are in decent condition with some moderate wear. The imprints are all good. The 14kt Waterman #2 is an elegant and smooth writing XF that has medium plus wetness. It is a nice, elegant writing XF that has has some nice flex ranging up to 1.4mm (BB). I’ve graded the nib “good flex” because the ease of flex is a bit more stiff than a super flex grade. Responsiveness is decent and the flow keeps up well.

SIZE:  4 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, XF to BB (0.3mm-1.4mm),  GOOD FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Fair

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

 

Waterman 0752 1/2 – Super Flex/Wet Noodle

Waterman 0752 – Super Flex/Wet Noodle  (On Ebay)

Here is a very nice Waterman 0752 1/2, which is the slender version of the 52. The BCHR body has faded some to a dark brown. The chasing has worn some but is still visible. The cap chasing still has some texture to it but the body’s chasing feels almost smooth. The imprints are worn a bit as well but still readable. The gold filled trim (and thus to “07” numbering before the “52 1/2”) is in very nice condition. I do not see any brassing. There are a few tiny spots on the lever probably caused by something scraping it. You would hardly notice them until you were looking close. The 14kt. Waterman #2 on this pen is a beauty. It’s an XF nib that that writes with a good wetness and is nice smooth writer. The flex on this pen is quite special. It has near wet noodle ease of flex, which is lovely enough, but what sets it apart is the superb responsiveness. I graded this as bordering between “super flex” and “wet noodle” mainly because though the ease of flex is just under wet noodle status, the responsiveness is superior to even most wet noodles.

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2,X F to BB (0.3mm-1.6mm),  SUPER FLEX/WET NOODLE  (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
  • Test driven for at least a week to insure quality

Parker Lucky Curve Red Mottled #18 Eyedropper – Wet Noodle

Parker Lucky Curve Red Mottled #18 Eyedropper – Wet Noodle

Here is superb Parker Lucky Curve Red Mottled #18 Eyedropper. The red mottled hard rubber still has fantastic color and even retains most of its original shine. The original imprints are a little faded but still readable. Someone had put a cheap accommodation clip on the cap that resulted in some light scratching on it. And there are some teeth marks on the section. Otherwise, it is in beautiful shape. The 14kt. Parker Lucky Curve nib is a real beauty. It writes as a wet, soft, and smooth F (0.4mm) that flexes with ease to BBB. It’s not quite a paintbrush noodle, but it takes little pressure to achieve great flex range. The flow is wet and keeps up well. The nib is also quite responsive. Overall a stunning early Parker eyedropper.

(See Price Here)

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Parker Lucky Curve, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.8mm),  WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Eyedropper

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 ink sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality