Conklin Crescent 20P – Super Flex

Conklin Crescent 20P – Super Flex – (On Ebay)

Here is a great vest size Conklin Crescent in BCHR. The hard rubber is still quite black on the cap but has faded dark grayish brown on the barrel. The chasing is still pretty decent throughout (especially on the cap) with texture remaining. The imprints are a little faded but still readable. The gold-filled trim looks great with no brassing. The made in Toledo 14kt. Conklin #2 is a beauty. It writes as a very wet F (0.4mm), but is superbly smooth with just a hint of “stubbishness.” It also has some nice flex ranging up to BB (1.6mm) quite easily with good responsiveness and nice flow. It’s just a great all around vintage flex nib.

SIZE:  4 1/8″ Capped

NIB: Conklin Toledo #2, F to BB (0.4mm-1.6mm) SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Crescent Filler

CONDITION: Good

Restoration Work:

  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned
  • Nib and feed tuned to write smoothly with optimal flow
  • Gold trim cleaned and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 52 Wood Grain – Super Flex (SOLD)

Waterman 52 Wood Grain – Super Flex (On Ebay)

Here is a nice Waterman 52 in red mottled or “wood grain” hard rubber. The color of the hard rubber is pretty good with some fading. The imprints are still decent. The side barrel imprint is a little worn but readable. The rest are very good. The gold-filled cap band does have some brassing on the top edge as does the ball on the clip. The lever looks very good. The cap of this pen, though matching and threading well, is likely not the original as it is just a 1mm or so short of the original, as can be seen by the slight fade line. Still, you would not notice unless you looked close. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a wet and buttery smooth F. A phenomenal writer if you like wet nibs. The flex on this was a little difficult to grade. The range is great going from F (0.4mm) to BBB (1.7mm) and responsiveness is also very good for so wet a nib, but ease of flex is decent but not amazing. Still, I deemed it good enough to grade as a “super flex” but it is on the lower end. Overall, a fantastic writer with some nice flex in a beautiful Waterman model.

SIZE:  5 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.7mm),  SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Good

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

Conklin Crescent 30 – Medium Flex (SOLD)

Conklin Crescent 30 –  Medium Flex – (On Ebay)

Here is a hundred year old Conklin Crescent size 30 in BCHR. The hard rubber is a dark brown. Chasing is visible but smooth on the body, but still has decent texture on the cap. The gold-filled clip and crescent still look great with no brassing. The imprints are worn, almost smooth in spots, but mostly readable. The made in Toledo 14kt. Conklin #3 nib is a very wet and smooth F (0.45mm). The flex on this nib has decent range going up to BB (1.5mm) and lays down plenty of ink. But the nib does lack some the ease of flex and especially the responsiveness of a higher grade flex nib. Thus, the “medium flex” grade. Still, a beautiful vintage Crescent with a buttery nib.

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Conklin Toledo #3, F to BB (0.3mm-1.6mm) MEDIUM FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Crescent Filler

CONDITION: Good

Restoration Work:

  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned
  • Nib and feed tuned to write smoothly with optimal flow
  • Gold trim cleaned and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Wahl BCHR Ring Top – Super Flex (SOLD)

Wahl BCHR Ring Top – Super Flex 

Here is an early  Wahl ring top in BCHR. It’s a model #62. The hard rubber is mostly a dark brown, thought there are a couple of spots on the barrel that have lightened a bit more. The chasing overall is worn some, but retains some texture. The imprints are a little worn but easily readable. The gold-filled ring top cap and lever have some light surface scratching from normal use, but nothing significant and no brassing. The 14kt. Wahl #2 nib is a gem. It’s decently wet and quite smooth while also being an XXF. When writing it feels more like a XF but in flexing it feels more like an XXF. Depending on the ink it ranges from 0.2mm to 0.25mm without flexing. It has a pretty good range in flex with swells up to BB (1.6mm). It flexes fairly easily and has some great responsiveness to it. Ink flow keeps up pretty well, but it is a little fussy about nib angle. If you start putting pressure on one side of the tines more than the other, you can get some railroading. Overall, a nice little vintage flex pen.

SIZE:  4 1/2″ Capped

NIB: Wahl #2, XXF to BB (0.2mm-1.6mm) SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

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