Waterman 14 – Good Flex

Waterman 14 – Good Flex  (On Ebay)

This is a fantastic, hundred year old Waterman 14 eye dropper pen with gorgeous gold-filled repousse bands. The original black hard rubber body has faded to a dark brown but is still quite dark. The original chasing has almost completely worn off. The imprint on the side of the barrel is quite worn and not really legible. The “14” imprint on the end of the barrel is worn some but easily read. The artful repousse bands are in good condition, but do have some braising along the top and bottom edges of the band. The nib on this pen is a hard one to part with. The 14kt. Waterman #4 is about as smooth and elegant XF nib you will ever find. Those long tines and the smooth extra fine point create a sophisticated experience in writing you can only acquire in vintage nibs. The nib does also have some flex as the samples suggest. Some would call this a “semi-flex” nib. The flow is great, responsiveness is decent. It’s just a bit firm. Flex, I would say, is more of a side feature of this nib and not the main show.

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #4, F to BB (0.4mm-1.6mm),  GOOD 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
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

 

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