Conklin Crescent 3NL – Super Flex

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Conklin Crescent 3NL – Super Flex

Here is a beautiful Conklin Crescent model 3NL. The hard rubber is still pretty black with very little fading. There chasing on the body is a little worn and still has texture, but the chasing on the body is quite worn at the top of the cap. The imprints still look pretty good, but have lost some definition in the center of the imprint. The gold-filled trim has some wear (a bit on the edges of the clip, a little on the top of the crescent, and some scratches on the band), but overall they still look very fine. Certainly far better than a hundred pen has any business to look. The 14kt. Conklin #3 nib writes normally as a smooth XF. Smooth but not overly wet. The flex comes quite easily ranging up to BBB (1.6mm). Responsiveness is also very nice.

PRICE: $289.99

SIZE:  5 7/16″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Conklin #3, XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.6mm), SUPER FLEX

FILLING: Crescent filler

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

 

Mabie Todd S.F. – Super Flex

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Mabie Todd S.F. – Super Flex

Here is a very nice made in New York Mabie Todd Swan Self-filler (lever filler). The body is black chased hard rubber (BCHR) which is still quite dark with only a little fading. The chasing also looks very good, as do the imprints. The nickel-filled clip and lever have a little bit of wear on them, the ball of the clip especially, but overall they are still in a nice condition. The 14kt. Swan nib is a beauty. It presents a very smooth, soft and decently wet writing experience even though it’s an XF (0.3mm). The flex in this nib comes quite easy, though not quite at a wet noodle level, and ranges up to BBB+ (1.8mm). The responsiveness of the flex excellent rivaling or superior to many wet noodles. Overall, this is everything we love about vintages pens giving both a wonderful writing experience and the ability to switch into some fine flex work.

PRICE: $349.99

SIZE:  5 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Swan, XF to BBB+ (0.3mm-1.8mm) 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
  • Sac replaced
  • Trim buffed and polished
  • Test driven for at least a week to insure quality

Waterman 52V – Super Flex

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Waterman 52V – Super Flex

Here is the classic Waterman 52V in BCHR. The 52V has the bulk of a 52 in a shorter, more portable design. This pen is really meant to be posted (cap on the end of the barrel) when writing, which gives it the feel and balance of the 52. The BCHR is faded some to a dark brown Chasing is little a worn but still has some texture. More texture on the barrel than the cap. The cap does not and never had an original clip or ring top. The nickel filled lever is in good condition with no brassing. Imprints are a little worn but readable. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a lovely, smooth writing F (0.4mm). Just a tab stubbish. The flex comes quite easily ranging up to BBB (1.6mm). The responsiveness is decent but nothing revolutionary. It’s a good, solid flex nib. Flow has no issues keeping up. Overall, a great Waterman.

PRICE: $279.99

SIZE:  3 3/8 Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.6mm), 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
  • Nib and feed adjusted for optimal flow
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

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Wahl-Eversharp Gold-Filled Skyline – Super Flex

Wahl-Eversharp Gold-Filled Skyline – Super Flex

This is a standard size Skyline in a full gold-filled body. Overall, the condition is pretty good. The only spot of brassing I could see is a little on the edges of the lever from rubbing on the pen cap when it is posted. There is a decent sized ding on the body (see pic), and one very small ding on the cap. Often these pens are full of pin prick dings and scratches all over. The 14kt. Eversharp nib is beautiful, wet writer. Silky smooth and soft nib with lots of flow. It writes normally as a F/M (0.55mm). The flex comes quite easily with decent range going up to at least 1.5mm. For a near medium nib, the flex responds with surprising snappiness. The flow is more than enough to keep up, which isn’t surprising for a Skyline. Overall, great pen in a durable and beautiful metal body.

PRICE: $289.99

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Eversharp 14kt., F/M to BBB (0.55mm-1.5mm) SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Good

Restoration Work:

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