Wahl-Eversharp Skyline (Demi) – Good/Super Flex

Wahl-Eversharp Skyline (Demi) – Good/Super Flex – (On Ebay)

Here is a beautiful Wahl-Eversharp Skyline in Demi size. This style Skyline with the green pinstripe cap is my personal favorite. The body, derby, and pinstripes are black. The color combo with the gold accents looks sharp in my opinion. The body has only minor surface wear from normal use. No deep or obvious scratches, etc. The gold-filled trim is in great condition with only the top of the lever having just a tiny bit of plate loss from posting. The 14kt. Eversharp nib is a lovely wet writing XF. It’s a bit of a stubbish XF which adds some nice character. The flex is also quite nice ranging up to BBB (1.6mm). Ease of flex is either on the low end of super flex or the high end of “good flex.” Responsiveness is decent. It’s a beautiful Skyline in great condition.

SIZE:  4 7/8″ Capped

NIB: Eversharp 14kt., XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.6mm) GOOD/SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Excellent

Restoration Work:

  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned
  • Nib and feed adjusted for optimal flow
  • New sac installed
  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Body buffed for scratches
  • Body and trim cleaned and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Mabie Todd Swan Gold-Filled Ring Top – Super Flex

Mabie Todd Swan Gold-Filled Ring Top – Super Flex  (On Ebay)

Here is a gorgeous made in New York Mabie Todd Swan gold-filled ring top. The chasing on this pen is in great condition as is the gold-filled body in general. There is no brassing throughout the pen and only minor wear from light use. No personalizations on the barrel. And I see no dings, which is pretty rare on these gold-filled bodies. The 14kt. Mabie Todd Swan #2 nib is a lovely, smooth writing, XF on the wet side. It’s kind of unusual to have a nib write this wet and still stay within a 0.3mm line, but this nib manages it. If you like wet nibs but also fine nibs, here is the perfect marriage for you. The pen also boasts a very nice flex ranging up BBB (1.7mm). Responsiveness is very good. It’s overall a good, solid “super flex.” This is a great, portable, durable vintage flex pen in superb condition.

SIZE: 3 7/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Swan #2, XF 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 and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Mabie Todd Swan Ring Top – Super Flex / Wet Noodle

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

Here is a nice made in New York Mabie Todd Swan gold-filled ring top. The gold-filled body is in decent condition. There is some light scratching throughout, but nothing major. It has relatively little patterning on the body, and the smooth gold surface tends to hide very little. I only spot one very small ding on the side of the lever. I couldn’t really even pic it up on camera. There is a bit of wear on the end of the barrel, but that’s about it. Lever looks great. There is no personalizations. The 14kt. #2 Swan nib is a lovely XXF. It writes incredibly smooth for how fine it is. The flex is quite lovely as well ranging up to BBB. Ease of flex I would say really lands more in the “super flex” range, but it’s so fine and very responsive giving it a very high quality flex ability. Ease of flex would be similar to a Nikko G dip nib, if you have ever used one of them. This nib makes flex work much easier if you know what you are doing. And it comes in a nice, durable and portable package.

SIZE: 3 7/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Swan #2, XXF to BBB (0.2mm-1.7mm),  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 52 – Wet Noodle

Waterman 52 – Wet Noodle  (See Price Here)

Here is a Waterman 52 in BCHR in good condition. The BCHR is in great condition for a Waterman, whose black hard rubbers are notorious faders. The chasing is also very good. There is minimum wear on the lever and clip. Unfortunately, it looks like someone pulled the lever on a fossilized sac and caused a little bit of bending on the lever box. The box works fine and I don’t see any damage other than a little bending. The 14kt. Waterman #2 nib on this one is phenomenal. It is a beautifully smooth and very wet writing F. The nib has some brilliant flex that is ultra soft nearing paintbrush feel. It’s so soft that if you have experience with flex nibs, it’ll still probably take some getting used to. The down side is that the feed has some trouble keeping up with some inks. I’ve run untold adjustments on this nib and feed, but can’t totally remove the railroading. So, for example, with Diamine Turquoise I can get about three lines of flex writing before I need to re-prime the feed a bit so it’ll keep up well. However, with wetter inks such as Pilot Iroshizuku, like Asa Gao in the example, the ink keeps up without any issue. This is a very rare, near paintbrush nib that still works as a soft, smooth, and deliciously wet normal writer.

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.9mm),  WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Good

Restration Work:

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

Parker Lucky Curve / Jack Knife Ring Top – Super Flex

Parker Lucky Curve / Jack Knife Ring Top – Super Flex – (On Ebay)

Here is an early Parker “Lucky Curve” Jack Knife Safety 20 1/2 pen in BCHR. Latest pat. date on this button-filler is 1912. The black hard rubber is still pretty black with only light fading. The chasing is also quite good with minimum wear. The imprints are very crisp on the cap and a little worn on the barrel with the “Lucky Curve” mostly worn off. The “20 1/2” on the end cap is a little faded but still easily readable. The top of the ring top has some brassing. The 14kt. “Lucky Curve” #2 is a beauty of a nib. It’s a soft and rather wet fine that works great as a normal writer, but it also has some great flex. It ranges quite easily up to BBB+ (1.8mm), has pretty decent responsiveness, and the Lucky Curve feed does well keeping up with the nib. It’s a fantastic hundred year old Parker with great flex. Plus, it’s portable and makes a great writer.

SIZE:  4 1/2″ Capped

NIB: Parker Lucky Curve 14kt., F-BBB (0.4mm-1.8mm), SUPER FLEX, (See the Willowstrong Pens site for more info on how I grade flex)

FILLING: Eyedropper

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
  • Trim cleaned and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality