Minerva Brevetto 60 – Good / Super Flex

Minerva Brevetto 60 – Good / Super Flex  (On Ebay)

Minerva was a sub-brand of Omas. In my experience with Minerva the quality of the pen is on par with Omas, but the pens are paired down a bit (less trim, etc.). But I’ve only restored a handful. This pen probably dates to the late 40s-50s. It is a black celluloid in an almost identical style to an Omas of the same era. Gold filled trim is in great condition with no brassing. The pen is a piston filler, and it works great. There does appear to be a few very light teeth marks on the piston knob, but you’ll miss them unless you are looking close. The right tine of the nib has a little bit of a raised are toward the breather hole. At some point someone wanted this nib to write a bit finer than XF and attempted to reduce the flow. That’s how I found the nib. This left that right tine with a mark due to being bent down a bit. I adjusted the nib and functionally it’s strong, stable and writes great, but there is still that aesthetic mark. Anyway, the nib is a 14kt. Minerva XF (0.3mm). It writes plenty wet without overdoing it, and it’s also plenty smooth. I’ve graded the flex as a “good flex.” Ease of flex is closer to super flex, but the range is a little limited and there is a very occasional chance of a railroad. Basically after four lines or so the sample writing, it railroaded. I gave the pen a slight shake, and it picked up back. Four lines later, the same thing, and so on. Still, it’s a great pen for normal writing or flex work.

SIZE: 5 1/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Minerva, XF to BB (0.3mm-1.5mm)  GOOD/SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Good

Restration Work:

  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Pen cap and body polished
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Ink sac replaced
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

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