Waterman 403 – Super Flex

Waterman 403 – Super Flex

Here is a lovely Waterman 403 meaning that it is Waterman 3, the later version of the 52, with a sterling silver overlay. In this case, the overlay is a nice filigree design. Overall, the pen is in pretty good shape. There are just a few very small marks and scratches on the silver here and there from normal use, but nothing major of obvious. There are 3 teeth marks on the end of the barrel and some light scratching as well. The clip and lever are in good shape, and there is no personalization. The 14tk. Waterman #2 nib is a smooth XF/XXF. Depending on the ink it writes normally with a 0.25mm to 0.3mm line, and it is just surprisingly soft and silky for so fine a nib. The flex on the pen is also very nice. It ranges up to BB (1.3mm), which is decent. Ease of flex is decent, but it has a really nice snap back that sets it into the “super flex” category. Overall, great, durable, vintage pen with a superb nib.

PRICE: $389.99

SIZE:  4 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XF/XXF to BB (0.25mm-1.3mm), 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

Wahl Gold-Filled Ring Top – Super Flex

Wahl Gold-Filled Ring Top – Super Flex

Wahl made some outstanding gold-filled pens. They are durable, portable, and great quality. This pen is the on the smaller end with a #2 nib (there are smaller #0 nib pens1). This pen does show some wear and dings. The only brassing really is on the end of the barrel from where the cap gets posted (and you really need to post these). There are a couple of dings on the body (see pics) as well. The lever in is good condition and works well. Ring top is still present and no personalizations. The 14kt #2 Wahl is a great nib. Writes very smooth as an XF. It’s not a typical wet vintage nib but more subdued in its flow. Still it keeps up fine. The flex on this nib is really nice ranging up to BBB (1.6mm) with very good responsiveness. You can do some really snappy flex work with this one.

PRICE: $229.99

SIZE:  3 5/8″ Capped

NIB:  14kt. Wahl #2, XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.6mm) SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Good

Restration Work:

  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Body thoroughly 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

 

Waterman 52 – Good Flex

Waterman 52 – Good Flex

Here is vintage Watermen 52 in BCHR. The black hard rubber on this pen looks really nice. Only faded a little to a dark grayish black. The chasing is still quite good with only minimal loss of texture. Almost no wear on the cap chasing. A little more on the body. Imprints are very crisp and look almost new including the original red paint in the “52” at the end of the barrel. The nickel trim has seen better days, however, as it shows lots of pitting on the clip. Much less on the lever but still noticeable. The 14kt. Waterman 52 is a beautiful writer as a XF with good flow. Nib just feels like a writer especially if you like them fine. The flex is good ranging up to BB (1.3mm). It has decent responsiveness, but it does lack some of the ease of flex that a “super flex” nib would have. People often associate the flex grades with the quality of nib, but that really isn’t the case. Nibs are just made to excel at different things. This one is made to be an all around great nib with some good flex when you want it. The full size 52 body makes it a great all around vintage writer.

PRICE: $259.99

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XF to BB (0.2mm-1.3mm)  GOOD 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
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

 

Mabie Todd S.F. Wood Grain – Super Flex

Mabie Todd S.F. Wood Grain – Super Flex

Here is an absolutely gorgeous Mabie Todd Swan Self Filler in Wood Grain hard rubber and in a vest pen size. This pen looks almost unused. The color is great with little to no fading of the hard rubber. The imprints still have some of the original white paint. The Swan on the top of the cap still looks crisp as well. The black wide lever (a feature fairly unique to Mabie Todds) looks new as well. The pen is all mint condition. The 14kt. Swan nib is a wet and and soft XXF. The previous owner appears to have used some detergent to clean it out. I’ve cleaned and cleaned this, but every now and then some tiny trace of detergent gets in. I say that because I think all these measurements are accurate, but they may be slightly smaller if there is even a hint of detergent currently affecting this fill of ink. Anyway, there is a little bit of a scratch as expected on an XXF nib. The flex comes easily and the flow keeps up very well. Responsiveness is good but not as good as I would expect of this fine of a nib. A very nice flex nib nonetheless on an outstanding Swan.

PRICE: $399.99

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Swan, XXF to BBB (0.2mm-1.6mm) SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Mint

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 92V – Good Flex (SOLD)

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Waterman 92V – Good Flex

Here is a nice little Waterman 92V. These are very similar in size to their predecessor, the 52V. They are made to feel like a 92 when posted. This pen is in great condition. The celluloid body has only very minor surface scratching that mostly buffed out. The gold filled trim looks good with little to no brassing. The name “A.A. Jewell” is engraved just below the lever. The Waterman #2 nib is a nice XXF/ XF. Wet for so fine a nib and decently smooth. The flex is a bit on the stiffer side but also has some good responsiveness, so I’ve graded in between “Good” and “Super” flex. Overall, this is a nice, portable pen. 

SOLD

SIZE:  4 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XXF/XF to BB (0.25mm-1.3mm), GOOD 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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Waterman 7 “Red” Nib – Super Flex / Wet Noodle (SOLD)

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Waterman 7 “Red” Nib – Super Flex / Wet Noodle  (SOLD)

Here is the iconic Waterman 7 in Red Ripple with the highly sought after and great all around “Red” nib. The red ripple hard rubber body on this pen is in nice condition. Very little fading can be seen. Side imprints are worn pretty smooth and mostly unreadable, though the “7” on the end of the barrel is still crisp. The gold-filled trim definitely has some wear. The clip looks pretty good with just a bit of brassing on the ball. The cap band has brassing on the top edge otherwise it looks good. And the lever looks like it was scuffed pretty good at some point in it’s life. The “Red” nib is the most well rounded nib of the 7’s offerings. It is usually a superb F with nice flex. This nib is a beautiful writer, wet and smooth, and just everything you want in a vintage nib. The flex I graded as “Super Flex” but is really on the border of Wet Noodle. Flex comes easily, is plenty wet, and has a large range going from F (0.4mm) to BBB (1.7mm). These 7s are a hot commodity with great resale value, and they really are great pens.

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.7mm),  WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Good

Restration Work:

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

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Wahl-Eversharp Skyline (Demi) – Super Flex (SOLD)

Wahl-Eversharp Skyline (Demi) – Super Flex

Here is the classic Skyline in the smaller Demi version. The body of the pen is in good condition with minimal wear from normal use. The gold-filled cap sleeve has some small dings here and there as is commonly seen with these. These sleeves are very durable, but they do end up showing the wear after using them for decades. The lever has lots a little bit of plating on it’s crown from where the cap gets posted. The 14kt. Eversharp nib is just a joyous XF. It writes an elegant, soft, and smooth line and then flexes up to BBB (1.7mm) with no flow issues at all. Ease of flex is a little on the firmer side of “super flex” as is usual with Skylines. Responsiveness is great. The KWZ Honey ink really shows it off in my opinion. A good Skyline with an outstanding nib.

SOLD

SIZE:  4 3/4″ Capped

NIB: Eversharp 14kt., XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.7mm) 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
  • Nib tuned to write smoothly
  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Body and trim cleaned, buffed, and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 12 – Wet Noodle (SOLD)

Waterman 12 – Wet Noodle  (See Price Here)

Here is the classic Waterman 12 in chased hard rubber. The black body has faded some to a dark brown. The chasing is visible with texture but is a bit worn. The imprints still look almost new. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a rather oblique (left tine tipping is longer than the right). This makes for an italic like quality to your writing, but it’s also got some feedback. Tipping is a bit low, but it has enough to last plenty more years. The flex on this nib is quite good ranging from F (0.4mm) to BBB (1.8mm). Ease of flex I would grade as on the lower end of a wet noodle. I wouldn’t recommend this one to the newbie as the oblique nib takes some getting used to, but it can deliver some rewarding results.

SIZE:  4 7/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, M to BBBB (0.4mm-1.8mm),  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
  • New Ink sac installed
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Wahl Lapis Blue Gold Seal with “Flexible” Nib – Good Flex (SOLD)

Wahl Lapis Blue Gold Seal with “Flexible” Nib – Good Flex

I’ve had a run on these beautiful Wahl’s in Lapis blue, but sadly this is the last one I’ve got in stock. This is a vest size pen. The body is in nice condition with some very minor surface scratching from normal use. The color is great throughout including the black at the ends. The gold-filled trim is in overall nice condition. There is just a touch of brassing on the lever, but otherwise it all looks really nice. The cap does post securely, but it can strangely rotate on the back of the pen. The feed has the Eversharp ink stopping feature, though in my experience these aren’t terribly effective. The 14kt. Eversharp “Flexible” nib is a lovely, buttery smooth writing F (0.4mm). It has a good range of flex going to 1.4mm (BB). However, it lacks some the responsiveness of a “super flex” and it is just a bit too stiff. Still, this is a lovely pen in fantastic condition.

PRICE: $299.99

SIZE: 4 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, XF to BBB (0.4mm-1.4mm),  SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Excellent

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

 How To Buy

Typically, I sell my pens on Ebay, however, occasionally I acquire pens that are just too valuable to sell in that format. Some may eventually find their way to Ebay. Some will not. I do my best to come up with a fair price, but pricing vintage pens is very difficult. If you are interested in buying one of these pens simply email me at dannystr78@gmail.com. I will send you a Paypal invoice, at which time you have 2 days to pay. Shipping is $5.95 within the U.S. I charge my cost for international shipping, and I generally give the buyer his/ her choice of options. Pens will ship within 2 business days of payment. My normal refund policy applies. If you feel I have not described the pen well or are unhappy with my restoration work, you may return for full refund. Buyer pays return shipping.

Waterman 12 1/2 P.O.C. – Super Flex (SOLD)

Waterman 12 1/2 P.O.C. – Super Flex 

Here is vintage Watermen that you don’t see terribly often: the 12 1/2 P.O.C. This is an eyedropper with a screw on cap. It is basically the same size as the 12 but thinner (thus the 1/2). The pen is in outstanding condition. The black rubber is still very black on most of the pen. Just a bit of fading on the cap. The chasing is also quite good. On the top of the cap it looks like new, but it is a little more faded on the rest of the pen. The imprints are crisp. I believer that the cap originally had a gold band as well as the lip is slightly indented where the band used to be. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a beautiful nib (sorry for all the fuzz in the pics. Stupid Kleenex). It writes as a smooth and wet F (0.5mm) that is slightly oblique. You can see it in the pics. The flex is quite large ranging up 2.0mm. Responsiveness is pretty good as well. Overall, this is a great eyedropper of a rarer variety in great condition.

PRICE: $329.99

SIZE: 5 1/2″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, XF to BBB (0.5mm-2.0mm),  SUPER FLEX (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
  • 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

 How To Buy

Typically, I sell my pens on Ebay, however, occasionally I acquire pens that are just too valuable to sell in that format. Some may eventually find their way to Ebay. Some will not. I do my best to come up with a fair price, but pricing vintage pens is very difficult. If you are interested in buying one of these pens simply email me at dannystr78@gmail.com. I will send you a Paypal invoice, at which time you have 2 days to pay. Shipping is $5.95 within the U.S. I charge my cost for international shipping, and I generally give the buyer his/ her choice of options. Pens will ship within 2 business days of payment. My normal refund policy applies. If you feel I have not described the pen well or are unhappy with my restoration work, you may return for full refund. Buyer pays return shipping.