Waterman 12 – Super Flex

Waterman 12 – Super Flex  (On Ebay)

Here is a lovely Waterman 12 eyedropper in BCHR. The black hard rubber is faded a bit into a very dark blackish brown. The chasing, however, is still very nice with some good texture left on it. Imprints are perfect and easy to read. There is a gold-filled repousse band on the cap with no brassing that I saw. There is tiny crack in the lip of the cap (see pic), but this will not expand thanks to the cap band. There are also some teeth marks on the section (see pic). The 14tk Waterman #2 is a lovely writing XXF nib. The nib does not have a huge range of flex going up to BB (1.5mm), but it is definitely good enough to pair with the XXF point. Ease of flex is on the low end of “super flex,” I would say, but the responsiveness of the nib caused me to grade it as I did. R & K Cassis (the ink I used) doesn’t emphasize responsiveness that well, which makes the nib’s snappiness that much more impressive. If you are looking for something that makes big, paintbrush lines….this isn’t it (though I do sell those as well). But if you want something for a more Copperplate style, this is a nice choice.

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #3, XXF to BB (0.2mm-1.5mm),  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

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Parker Lucky Curve True Blue – Good Flex

Parker Lucky Curve True Blue – Good Flex – (On Ebay)

Here is a Parker Duofold style pen in the iconic “True Blue” style. I believe that this is a “Junior” size, but I could be mistaken. The “True Blue” has faded and yellowed as is typical on these pens. The body more so than the cap, which is fairly close to the original color. There are a few very small scratches from normal use on the pen, but nothing obvious or major. The black hard rubber ends have also faded to a gray brown. Trim looks goods with no brassing. The 14kt Parker Lucky Curve #2 is a glorious writer. It is buttery smooth and wet, and it has a soft, springy feel to it. The flex on this nib comes easily, but the range is not massive. It goes from a F (0.4mm) to BB (1.3mm). The ease of flex is super flex quality, as is the responsiveness (it’s very snappy). The range, however, puts it more in the “good flex” grade. It does railroad occasionally after you’ve been flexing awhile, but it picks right back up. Overall, a very nice Parker in a very desirable color.

SIZE:  5″ Capped

NIB: Parker “Lucky Curve” 14kt., XF/F-BB (0.35mm-1.3mm), GOOD FLEX  (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Button Filler

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

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

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

Here is one of my favorite size vintage Waterman pens, the 52V, in wood grain / red mottled hard rubber. The 52V when posted has the feel of a 52 and when capped has the portability of a ring top. And this one is in tremendous shape. The hard rubber has barely any fading. The gold-filled trim is also in great shape. The lever has just the tiniest bit of brassing on the edges of the “globe” section, but you have to look very closely to see it. Side imprint is visible but partially worn and unreadable. The “52V” on the end is still crisp. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a very wet writing F. It’s smooth and a good writer, but if you don’t like wet writers you won’t prefer this nib. If you do, well then… The nib also has some soft flex. The flex is also very wet and ranges from F to BBB (0.4mm to 1.7mm). If you want to get some monster sheen, this pen will do it. The wetness cuts down on the responsiveness a little bit, but it still has a nice bounce. Overall, this is a great pen, in a great size, in great condition, and with a wonderful, wet, flexy, nib.

SIZE:  4 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.7mm),  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 adjusted for optimal flow
  • Trim cleaned and polished
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality