Mabie Todd Swan 3350 – Super Flex

Mabie Todd Swan 3350 – Super Flex – (On Ebay)

This made in England Mabie Todd Swan is made of black celluloid with three gold-filled band and clip and lever. The pen has some scratches on the cap that were too deep to buff out but nothing major. The gold-filled trim is in very good condition with no brassing. The 14kt. Mabie Todd Swan #2 is a long-tined, elegant nib. It writes as a soft, wet XF that is smooth. The flex has a huge range going up to 1.9mm and is very wet with good responsiveness. Overall, this is a beautiful Swan.

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Swan, XF to BBB+ (0.3mm-1.9mm) SUPER FLEX (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
  • Pen buffed and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 52 Red Ripple – Super Flex

Waterman 52 Red Ripple – Super Flex (On Ebay)

Here is a Waterman 52 red ripple likely from the European market. The hard rubber has pretty good color with minimal fading. A little more fading on the cap, but it’s still pretty vivid. This likely was sold with a Waterman accommodation clip, but it was originally a clipless model. The lever, as was customary in Europe, is nickel-filled rather than gold-filled, and it is in good condition. It has a thin gold-filled band on the cap to keep the pen from developing lip cracks. The imprints are very good and crisp. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a beautiful writing XF nib. It’s ultra smooth with good flow. The flex comes quite easy going up to 1.6mm. It has decent responsiveness as well. I love writing with this nib, and the flex is just icing on the cake.

SIZE:  5 3/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XF to BB (0.3mm-1.6mm),  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 ultrasonically cleaned
  • Nib and feed adjusted for optimal flow
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Wahl Blue Marble Ring Top – Good / Super Flex

Wahl Blue Marble Ring Top – Good / Super Flex  (On Ebay)

Here is a Wahl vest pen ring top in the gorgeous blue marble with gold-filled trim. The body of this pen is in great condition with only some light scratches from normal use. The gold-filled trim is in good shape as well. The ring top has a little bit of brassing. The bands maybe have a little bit of wear, but it’s not very noticeable. The lever is in good shape, though it is a little loose. It works quite well though. The original imprints (which were very light to begin with as all Wahls were) are still easily readable. The 14kt. Wahl #2 is wonderful, wet writing F that is smooth and elegant. I’ve graded the flex as “good flex” approaching “super flex.” Range is decent going up to 1.6mm, but ease of flex is on the stiffer side. Responsiveness is quite good. Overall, this is a great writing vintage pen that has some nice flex capabilities.

SIZE:  4 3/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Wahl #2, F-BB (0.4mm-1.6mm), GOOD/SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Excellent

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

Waterman 13 – Super Flex

Waterman 13 – Super Flex  (On Ebay)

Here is the more uncommon Waterman 13 eyedropper. It’s basically the same size as a twelve, but with a larger nib (a bit larger in width, and significantly larger in length). The BCHR has faded to a medium-dark brown. The chasing is still very visible though it has lost some of it’s texture. The original imprints are very crisp. The 14kt. Waterman #3 is really lovely. It writes normally as a super smooth and wet XF. It has a great soft, springy feel to it. The flex range is decent going up to BB (1.5mm), and ease of flex is pretty good. Flow is great, and responsiveness is about average: not out of this world, just decent. Overall, a very nice and relatively uncommon Waterman eyedropper.

SIZE:  5 1/8″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #3, XF to BB (0.3mm-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

Waterman 0352 – Super Flex / Wet Noodle

Waterman 0352 – Super Flex / Wet Noodle  (On Ebay)

Here is a Waterman 52 with a gold-filled overlay over the barrel (thus the “03” numbering). The hard rubber on this pen is in very good condition. It is originally smooth with no chasing. It is faded very little and is still quite dark, nearly black. The original clip is missing, but there are no cracks. The overlay also looks quite good. Some very light scratching throughout from normal use. There are also a couple of very light scuffs but nothing major. The lever has a few tiny spots of brassing. There is an imprint that reads as follows: line 1 “Craftsman,” line 2 “To,” line 3, “H.A. Sackett,” line 4 “1919.” The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a superb nib. Unfortunately, it does have a very small crack going out of the breather hole on the right side (looking from the section/ barrel down). The nib writes normally as a wet and smooth XF (0.3mm) and has some lovely flex going up to BBB (1.6mm). This is a high end super flex. Not quite a wet noodle, but very close. It’s somewhere between what I normally grade “super flex” and what I would grade “wet noodle.” The crack appears to be stable. I use flex nibs with such cracks frequently, and so long as you don’t push them the cracks don’t grow. Overall, a nice Waterman.

SIZE: 5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.6mm),  SUPER FLEX/WET NOODLE (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