Waterman 7 Red Ripple “PINK” Nib – Wet Noodle

Waterman 7 Red Ripple “PINK” Nib – Wet Noodle (SEE PRICE HERE)

Here is the legendary Waterman 7 in red ripple hard rubber. I mistakenly called this a 55 in the writing sample because the cap lacks a color coded band. The 55s were for the most part the earlier twin of the 7 minus the color coded band. Therefore, this is likely a “PINK” 7 with a replacement 55 cap. Brassing and wear patterns are pretty uniform throughout the pen, so I assume it was an early switch. Waterman also made a late 7 without any band, and if that is the case, then the nib would be the later additional upgrade. In either case, it’s a Waterman 7 or equivalent. The hard rubber is a little faded. More so on the cap than on the barrel. The imprints are pretty worn and only partially readable. There are some decent brassing spots on the clip as well as on the cap band. The lever has some brassing on the edges and some pitting. But this pen is all about the nib. As you may know not all “PINK” nibs live up to their reputation, and some are down right disappointing. This nib however is not one of those. This PINK is  the best all around vintage flex I have ever used. It is needlepoint fine, ultra soft, and phenomenally responsive. Normally, it writes as a delicate, bouncy XXF. Range of flex is superb going from XXF to BBBB (1.9mm), but you only need a tiny amounts of flex and tiny amounts of pressure to make this nib shine. There are some blemishes on the nib as you can see in the picture. There is also a very fine…I’m not sure what to call it. I hate to say crack, because it is only a surface crack around the “Made In…” imprint. It does not go through the underside of the nib, and in fact looks more shallow than the imprint. In other words, other than a blemish you can spot with a jewelers loupe it is of no real concern. If I didn’t tell you it was there, you probably would never have seen it. I know the price on this is high, and you may reasonably ask if it is worth it. And my answer is simply, I can’t part with it for less. Normally, I test run the pens for a week or so, but I’ll be test running this one until it is purchased. Maybe if I’m lucky, I’ll be test running it a very long time.

SEE PRICE HERE

SIZE:  5 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #7 “PINK”,  XXF to BBBB (0.2mm-1.9mm)  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, heat set, and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Trim cleaned and polished
  • Test driven for until sold to insure quality 🙂

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