Waterman 52V – Super Flex (SOLD)

Waterman 52V – Super Flex (On Ebay)

Here is a great Waterman 52V in black hard rubber with no original chasing and gold filled trim. The hard rubber has but more to gray than to brown. It really looks more like a dark gray. The gold-filled trim looks very good overall. There is some very light wear to a few places on the lever and the band, but not really anything you can see without magnification. Imprints all look good and crisp. The 14kt. Waterman #2 nib is a very nice and smooth writing XF with a little bit of stubbishness to it. The flex on this nib is quite responsive. It ranges from XF to BBB (1.6mm) and the responsiveness really makes flex writing look good and sharp.

SIZE:  3 3/8 Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XF to BB (0.3mm-1.6mm), 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
  • Nib and feed adjusted for optimal flow
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

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Waterman 0552 1/2 – Super Flex (SOLD)

Waterma 0552 1/2 – Super Flex   (On Ebay)

Here is a superb Waterman 0552 1/2. This pen is still in beautiful condition. The black hard rubber is still pretty black with only a little bit of fading. The gold filled overlay is in gorgeous condition and is still stunning to look at the way all the little squares catch and reflect the light. There are a few small scuffs on the lever. Otherwise, the gold filled trim and overlay are pretty spotless. The name “Dells” is inscribed in the side of the body in a lovely script. The imprints on the end of the barrel are still crisp. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a phenomenal nib. The wet XF is buttery smooth and a real joy to write with. The flex is also incredible. It ranges from XF to BBB (1.6mm). The flex is nearing wet noodle softness but not quite there. It has a great bounce and responsiveness to it as well. This pen is simply stunning in every way.

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: Excellent / Near Mint

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 polished
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Mabie Todd Swan Ring Top – Wet Noodle

Mabie Todd Swan Ring Top – Wet Noodle (On Ebay)

Here is a great made in New York Mabie Todd Swan gold-filled ring top. The pen is in great condition. Especially considering it’s age. The gold filled body has minimal wear on it with the only brassing at the end edge of the barrel due to posting. There is one small ding on the cap. It isn’t very noticeable, but you can see fairly easily if you look for it. The initials “V O” are engraved on the side of barrel. The imprints on the end of the barrel are a little faded but readable. The 14kt. Swan #2 nib is wet, lovely writing F that has some nice, soft flex. This is definitely a wet noodle. Not quite a paintbrush, but very soft with some nice responsiveness. A great vintage wet noodle in a durable and portable package by a company that made some great, quality pens.

SIZE: 3 7/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Swan #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
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 12 (Near Mint) – Wet Noodle

Waterman 12 (Near Mint) – Wet Noodle  (See Price Here)

Here is a fabulous Waterman 12 in smooth black hard rubber with no original chasing. The hard rubber is still shiny black. The imprints as still very crisp and the paint is still mostly present. The gold filled band is also in great condition. What more can you say? It’s in amazing condition. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a very wet writing paintbrush wet noodle. This is incredibly soft and requires almost no pressure to flex. This long tined nib is produces a very soft, very wet, and very smooth writing experience. Thought the flex is as soft as it is, the responsiveness of this nib is still very good. The range is also very good going from XF (0.3mm) up to BB (1.6mm). Actually, the nib can go much further, but the one downside of this nib is that if you continually push it it will eventually start having some railroads. Generally, the feed picks right back up and you can start flexing again. Very dry inks (like IGs) might not fair very well in this one. Beautiful nib on a fantastic collection grade 12.

SIZE:  4 7/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XF to BB (0.3mm-1.6mm),  WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Eyedropper

CONDITION: Near Mint

Restration Work:

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

 

Mabie Todd Swan Chatelaine Over/Under Feed (Oblique Stub) – Super Flex (SOLD)

Mabie Todd Swan Over/ Under Feed (Oblique Stub) – Super Flex (On Ebay)

Here is a lovely little made in New York Mabie Todd Swan in Chatelaine style. The BCHR is in good condition. There is some fading to a grayish black, but the chasing and imprints are still very crisp. The gold filled trim is in very nice condition. Some very small dings on the top of the cap but no brassing. The cap fits a bit snug, but that is the way they were supposed to be as it is a slip cap with a chain dangling from it. This Swan comes with a really unique nib. It is a very wet writing oblique stub. It might even be crisp enough to call an italic. It takes a little bit of getting used to, but it is butter smooth when you hit the sweet spot. A phenomenal writing experience. Added to that is a very nice and soft flex going from F (0.5mm) up to BBB (1.8mm). Plus, the oblique italic nib combined with the flex makes for some special abilities when use the two together. It’s a great and very unique vintage flex pen.

SIZE:  4 5/8″ Capped

NIB: Mabie Todd Swan #2, Fine Oblique Stub to BBB (0.5mm-1.8mm)  SUPER FLEX (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
  • Trim buffed and polished
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 52 Wood Grain / Red Mottled – Super Flex (SOLD)

Waterman 52 Wood Grain / Red Mottled – Super Flex (On Ebay)

Here is a Waterman 52 in wood grain / red mottled hard rubber (not a red ripple like the sample states. Sorry about that). I believe this 52 is from the European market as US versions do not have nickel trim and almost always have a clip and a band on the cap. This version is equipped with a quality nickel-filled Waterman accommodation clip. The hard rubber is still looking very nice with minimal  fading. There is a faint live of fading apparent on the back where the cap was posted. Imprints are worn off, though the “52” is still readable. The accommodation clip is in excellent condition. In addition to the Waterman “Ideal” globe, it has the company “Silvrix” (a French company I believe) etched in the side. The nickel lever is also in very nice condition. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a fantastic writer. It is soft and very smooth and wet. I could write with it all day long. The flex on this is also very nice. It doesn’t have a huge range going from XF (0.3mm) to BB (1.6mm), but it does have some excellent bounce and responsiveness. This is a much rarer version of the 52 than it’s gold trimmed siblings. Great pen.

SIZE:  5 1/2″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, XF to BB (0.3mm-1.6mm),  SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Excellent

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 BCHR Flat Top – Super Flex (SOLD)

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

Here is a Wahl Flat Top pen with roller clip similar in size to the Waterman 52. Let’s start with the blemishes. The BCHR has faded significantly to a medium brown, and there are spots where it is darker than others. Chasing is worn pretty smooth but is still visible. The imprints on these Wahls are faint to being with, so it’s unsurprising that it is worn off. Finally there are bites marks on the end of the barrel (see pics) where the owner likely stuck the pen in his/ her mouth to free up his or her hands. There are a few more (though much less) on the top of the cap also. Now for the good stuff. The golf-filled trim looks great. One very small scuff on the clip but no brassing on the clip or band. The lever has just a small amount of brassing along some of it’s edges. The 14kt. Wahl #2 is a great vintage nib. It is a wet writing F (0.4mm) that has a pretty good flex range going up to BBB (1.7mm). Flex comes pretty easy. Responsiveness is ok but not outstanding. This pen has experienced plenty of life and still works great.

SIZE:  5 1/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Wahl #2, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.4mm) SUPER 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