Waterman 52 Red Ripple – XXF Wet Noodle

Waterman 52 Red Ripple  – XXF Wet Noodle (SEE PRICE HERE)

This Waterman 52 red ripple looks like it was made for the European market. It has all nickel trim, uncommon in the US for a red ripple, but very common in Europe. As well as a Waterman accessory clip added post factory to a clipless 52. The red ripple hard rubber is in excellent condition showing very little fading and maintaining a fairly glossy appearance. The accommodation clip has some light scratching throughout a tiny spots of plate loss throughout, but overall still looks great. The nickel filled lever is the later tab lever (vs. the older Ideal globe lever) signaling that this was a later 52. The “Waterman” imprint which is still quite readable, is also similar to the imprints found on the celluloid Watermans of the 40s. The lip of the cap was trimmed off. This could be because it had a crack in it, but considering how good the pen looks it is also possible that this was done for aesthetic reasons (not that uncommon for Watermans in the European market). Regardless it was clearly professionally done. As to the nib, just wow. This is a long-tined beauty with ultra soft flex. Normally it writes as a fairly wet XXF. That is, wet for an XXF. It has a little feedback, as you would expect of an XXF, that is not unpleasant. The flex is near paintbrush and softly expands to BB (1.5mm) swells. This is a nib that requires extra care. Because of it’s softness one could easily spring it from over flexing. And there is no reason to over flex because with an XXF the swells don’t have to be massive. Responsiveness of this nib is good, but due to it’s noodlely softness it does loose a little of the snap back. Still, an XXF wet noodle is a hot commodity, and coming in this beautiful red ripple 52, it won’t last long. 

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SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XXF to BBB (0.2mm-1.8mm)  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, heat set, and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Trim cleaned and polished
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

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