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

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

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

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

Omas Extra Brevetto 556/S – Wet Noodle

Omas 556/S Brevetto – Wet Noodle (See Price Here)

Here is a first rate Omas pen from the 1950s. It’s the 556/S Brevetto. A full size pen in high quality black celluloid and gold-filled trim. These pens are light and beautifully balanced with top notch trim packages and some of the best nibs ever made. This pen is in very nice condition. The gold-filled trim looks great with no brassing. The body is also in nice condition. Shiny with even minimal surface scratching from use. There is one very small scuff on the barrel near the cap that I like came from someone using a buffer on it. It’s very hard to see and doesn’t show up in photos. Imprints look good. Maybe slightly worn but still very readable. The 14kt. (585) Omas “Extra Lucens” nib is a wonder. Normal writing is XXF (0.2mm) that is surprisingly smooth for such a fine nib. The nib is also a fabulous wet noodle with an astonishing range going from 0.2mm to 1.9mm (BBB++)!! Responsiveness or snap back is also superb. This is a first rate Omas with a first rate and ultra desirable XXF wet noodle. This won’t last long.

SIZE: 5 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Omas “Extra Lucens,” XXF to BBB+ (0.2mm-1.9mm)  WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade Flex)

FILLING: Plunger Filler

CONDITION: Excellent

Restration Work:

  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 13 Red Mottled – Wet Noodle

Waterman 13 Red Mottled – Wet Noodle  (See Price Here)

Here is a beautiful and uncommon Waterman eye dropper. It’s a 13 with a #3 size nib in red mottled hard rubber. The pen is great condition. There is some fading to the hard rubber but it still has pretty good color. Imprints are fantastic. About as crisp as the original. The nickel-filled clip is also in great condition. This pen has not been used much. As great as this model is the 14kt. Waterman #3 nib may even be more desirable. It’s a wet Fine (0.4mm) that writes butter smooth with a stub like line variation. It adds some nice character to your normal writing. And to top it off it is also a wonderful wet noodle flex nib. This isn’t quite paintbrush soft, but it is still very soft. It has a great range going from 0.4mm to BBB (1.7mm) with some nice responsiveness. The feed has no issues keeping up. Overall, this is a beautiful and quite rare pen in very nice condition that also offers a nib that is both an amazing writer and a wet noodle. What more could you ask for?

SIZE:  5 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #3, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.7mm),  WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Eyedropper

CONDITION: Excellent

Restration Work:

  • Pen (barrel, section, nib, feed, & cap) thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • Bands cleaned and polished
  • Inside of barrel thoroughly cleaned.
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 12 – Super Flex

Waterman 12 – Super Flex  (On Ebay)

Here is a Waterman 12 in BCHR. Next to the 52, there is probably no other pen that best embodies what a vintage Waterman offers. The BCHR on this pen is faded some to a dark brown. The chasing is still very nice and crisp throughout the pen. Imprints are also fantastic. There are some very, very light teeth marks on the top of the cap and end of the barrel. You wouldn’t see them unless you look closely. There is also a very small chip in the end of the barrel. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is the kind of wonderful nib that Waterman is known for. It’s a lovely writing XF that feels more like an XXF than a F. It’s pretty smooth for how fine it is. It also has some easy flex that ranges up to BBB (1.6mm) with some nice snap back. It’s a hundred plus year Waterman eyedropper with a super flex nib in good condition.

SIZE: 5 1/2″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.6mm),  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