Waterman 52 Red Ripple – Wet Noodle

Waterman 52 Red Ripple – Wet Noodle (On Ebay)

Here is a hard to find Waterman 52 Red Ripple with an XXF wet noodle nib. The red ripple hard rubber has a little bit of fading, but it still has pretty decent color. The gold filled trim is in overall good condition. The lever has a few nicks (see pics), but otherwise there is no brassing on the trim. Imprints are good and crisp and easily readable. The barrel bears the inscription “Helen Mitchell” with “L.C.C.I.” under the name. The 14kt. Waterman #2 nib is wonderful. It’s a XXF (0.2mm) that is pretty decently wet for so fine a nib. If you write very lightly, it only has a hint of feedback, which you would expect for so fine a nib. But it really takes very little pressure to cause the tines to start flexing, so you have to write very soft. It’s not really a pen for normal writing. The flex is near paintbrush soft and ranges up to BBB (1.7mm), but really it’s best around the 1.2-1.5mm range. If you are looking for monster lines, this isn’t the one. But if you are looking for something crisp, calligraphic lines, this is your pen. Responsiveness is fantastic as would be expected from such a fine flex nib. One warning; the nib is a little finicky about using the proper technique. Put more pressure on one tine (poor technique), and it will start to railroad. The XXF wet noodles is the most in demand flex nibs, and this one is on the highly desirable 52 Red Ripple. It’s probably not going to last long.

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XXF to BBB (0.3mm-1.7mm),  WET NOODLE (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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