Parker Lucky Curve / Jack Knife #20 – Wet Noodle

Parker Lucky Curve / Jack Knife #20 – Wet Noodle  (See Price Here)

Here is the Parker Lucky Curve Jack Knife #20. These early Parkers are longer and more slender than the Duofold models and were titled as “Safety” pens since they had a screw on cap. This Jack Knife is made of hard rubber and still retains it’s dark, black color. Imprints are a little worn but still readable. The nickel clip has some wear to the edges but otherwise in good shape. The 14kt. Parker Lucky Curve nib has the tiniest crack coming out of the top of right curve of the heart-shaped breather hole (looking at it from a writing position). I almost missed it, it is so small. You can just barely make it out in the picture. I debated whether to send this off to get welded shut and decided that it just wasn’t cost effective (i.e. a lot of money for something that isn’t a great concern). This spot on the breather hole is the least concerning of all cracks, and this one is miniscule. I know cracks scare a lot of people, but they are quite common in flex nibs due to their thinner profile. I have a whole pile of cracked nibs, and have used some of them frequently for years. So long as you don’t over flex (something you shouldn’t do even if there isn’t a crack), the crack remains quite stable. So back to the nib….it’s wonderful, wet noodle soft nib. Normally, it writes as a wet F (0.4mm). It’s soft enough, however, that even slight pressure causes movement in the tines and so isn’t the most pleasant writer. The flex, though, is amazing. While the range isn’t massive (F to BB / 1.5mm), the responsiveness is approaching dip nib quality. It is really quite exceptional. It’s the kind of nib that you could easily add flex to your normal cursive writing without using hardly any extra pressure but also without having to worry about things getting too wet and blobby.  The flex is just clean and crisp. 

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. #2 Parker Lucky Curve, F to BB (0.4mm-1.5mm), WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Button Filler

CONDITION: Good

Restration Work:

  • Pen (barrel, section, nib, feed, & cap) thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Nib polished. It already wrote fantastic.
  • Trim cleaned and polished
  • New sac 
  • New pressure bar
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

 

 

 

 

Waterman 412 Sterling Silver Filigree – Wet Noodle

Waterman 412 Sterling Silver Filigree- Wet Noodle  (See Price Here)

Here is the classic Waterman 12 with a beautiful sterling sliver filigree overlay (thus the “4” in “412”). The hard rubber underneath the overlay is still very dark and black or nearly black. There are some small dings on the top of the cap, and the ball of the clip is missing. Otherwise, the overall is in very good condition with only light scratches. There is also no personalization on the body. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a wonderfully wet XF. It’s soft and smooth and just about everything you could want in a vintage nib. That includes flex, which this nib has plenty of. With light pressure this XF goes up to BBB (1.8mm), and the feed has no issues keeping up. Responsiveness is also impressive for a wet eyedropper. Overall, this is a fantastic specimen of all that was right with vintage Waterman eyedroppers. 

SIZE:  5 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XF to BBB (0.2mm-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
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned, heat set, and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 52 1/2 Red Ripple – Wet Noodle (SOLD)

Waterman 52 1/2 Red Ripple  -Wet Noodle (SEE PRICE HERE)

This Waterman 52 1/2 red ripple is in great overall condition. The red ripple hard rubber is only slightly faded and has good color overall. The imprints are also good and crisp. The gold-filled trim looks fantastic overall with just the slightest bit of brassing on part of the top edge of the cap band. Otherwise, there is only some slight scratching from use. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a very interesting nib. It writes almost like an XF italic (0.4mm). The tipping is getting low, so this grind may not be original. Regardless, it is a lovely nib to use. With very light pressure it flexes easily enough for me to grade it as a wet noodle. The responsiveness is also very good and it ranges from 0.4mm to BB (1.5mm). There is just a tiny bit of a bend in the tines which I wasn’t able to pick up in the pics, and you can only see when the light hits it just right. It does not affect the nib’s performance, however. 

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SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XF Stub to BB (0.4mm-1.5mm)  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
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Mabie Todd Swan with Over/Under Feed – Wet Noodle

Mabie Todd Swan with Over/Under Feed – Wet Noodle

This is a made in England Mabie Todd Swan eye dropper with an ebonite over/ under feed and comes with a “Swan” metal pocket sleeve. The pocket sleeves allowed one the ability to bring along their eye dropper without having to worry about the cap slipping off. The pen itself is clearly well used. It’s faded to a dark brown and most of the imprints are worn off. This is a no frills Swan eyedropper. Just a plain black hard rubber body. The 14kt. #2 Swan nib is just amazing. There was a crack in it’s base that I had welded by Greg Minuskin. Normally, this nib writes as smooth and very soft XF (0.3mm). Flow is just about perfect, not too wet, not too dry. And the flex is sublime. This is near paintbrush soft but retains just enough resistance to allow for some phenomenal responsiveness. Many of these over/under eyedroppers just aren’t that usable for anything other than flex, but this one is a great writer and a great flex pen. Feed has no issues keeping up. An eyedropper means you can fill with plenty of ink. And the Swan metal pocket sleeve means you can take it with you. 

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SIZE:  5 3/16″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Mabie Todd “Swan” #2 , XF to BBB (0.3mm – 1.9mm)  WET NOODLE

FILLING: Eye Dropper

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
  • Base crack on nib welded 
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

 

Waterman 7 Red Ripple “PINK” Nib – Wet Noodle (SOLD)

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.

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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 🙂

Waterman 22 – Wet Noodle

Waterman 22 – Wet Noodle (SEE PRICE HERE)

The Waterman 22 was made with a tapered cap that was meant to be posted to give the balance and feel of dipped pen. These tend to be fairly fragile due to the how thin the hard rubber is on the cap and section. This one survived quite well save for one blemish. The cap had a dreaded crack and the lip was slightly chipped. I trimmed the lip just enough to make the chip disappear and filled the crack with a glue made for bonding hard rubber. The glue is dyed black, but this pen’s hard rubber has faded some to a dark brown, so the glue does not blend in perfectly. But if it was black you would see it, and even as it is if you didn’t know it was glue you would just assume the rubber didn’t fade as much in that area. The point being that the crack is no longer a functional issue (it’s probably now the least likely spot on the cap to crack), but it is small cosmetic one. This 22 comes with two gold-filled repousse bands, which are in lovely shape. The original imprints are still mostly readable, but do have some wear. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a fantastic wet noodle that writes normally as a wet XF. It is smooth, though it does require a soft touch. And due to that softness the tines do have a little trouble staying in line. In other words, this is best used as a dedicated flex pen than a daily writer. Range of flex is very nice going from XF to BBB (0.3mm to 1.6mm). The feed is abundantly wet, so the responsiveness can suffer a little when you first start flexing, especially if your ink is getting low. It’s one of the 22s that made it, and it’s a lovely noodle to boot. 

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SIZE:  5 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.7mm)  WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Eyedropper

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 a week to insure quality

Waterman 0512 1/2 Night & Day – Wet Noodle (SOLD)

Waterman 0512 1/2 Night & Day  – Wet Noodle (SEE PRICE HERE)

Here is a rare pen. The barrel imprint is faded, but the size is a Waterman 12 1/2, or the thinline model of the 12. Since it has a 9kt. gold overlay, the numbering would 0512 1/2. And not just any overlay, but the coveted “Night & Day” overlay. Overall, this pen is in great condition. The overlay is free of brassing, but does have a some light surface scratching from use. The original “F.D.W. 375″ hallmarks remain (marking it a genuine Waterman with a 9kt. factory overlay), and there is a personalized inscription. There is a crack in part of the overlay near the section (see pic). The hard rubber has faded some, but still looks black unless it is in direct sunlight. The 12 1/2 is a thin pen. It measures at 4 5/8” long and is about the thinness of a #2 pencil. The definitely has the original 14kt. Waterman #2. It’s a wet writing that requires a very soft touch due to the ease with which it flexes. This is a paintbrush or near paintbrush wet noodle. The range of flex is from XF to BBB (0.3mm to 1.7mm) and comes with minimal pressure. The feed is extremely wet, so no fears of railroading, but that wetness combined with the “noodliness” of the nib does effect some of it’s responsiveness, which is common in nibs this soft. This one is for collectors and flex users alike.  

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SIZE:  4 5/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.7mm)  WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Eyedropper

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
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 52 Red Ripple – XXF Wet Noodle (SOLD)

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

Mabie Todd Swan with Over/Under Feed – Wet Noodle (SOLD)

Mabie Todd Swan with Over/Under Feed – Wet Noodle

This is a made in England Mabie Todd Swan eye dropper with an ebonite over/ under feed and comes with a “Swan” metal pocket sleeve. The pocket sleeves allowed one the ability to bring along their eye dropper without having to worry about the cap slipping off. The slip cap on this pen is for a 1500 while the body is a model 1610, so this is not the original cap. I believe it is the correct size, but I think the 1500 model does not have the double bands. An unchased cap on a chased body is normal for Swans, so it is very close to what the original cap would have looked like. In any case, the body is in great shape. It has great black color and the chasing is remarkable crisp. Imprints have a little wear on the barrel, but are still easily readable. The cap does have some fading to a dark blackish brown towards the top. The gold-filled bands look great for their hundred years of life. The feed on this is ridiculously wet. I actually had to modify the fitting of the feed to slow things down, but it is still laying down a lot of ink. Normally, the #2 Swan nib writes as a super juicy and smooth Medium (0.6mm). The flex on this isn’t at the paintbrush level, but it is still easy to flex and with such a heavy flow a little flex gets big in a hurry. Range of flex is excellent going up to BBBB (2.0mm). Surprisingly, this pen has some pretty nice responsiveness for how abundantly the ink flows. If you want a pen to maximize sheen, this will do it.

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SIZE:  5 5/16″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Mabie Todd “Swan”, M to BBBB (0.6mm – 2.0mm)  WET NOODLE

FILLING: Eye Dropper

CONDITION: Good (Not original cap)

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
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Wahl Vest Pen – Wet Noodle (SOLD)

Wahl Vest Pen – Wet Noodle (SEE PRICE HERE)

Here is a Wahl vest pen in BCHR and with the roller ball clip. The hard rubber is still very black with only a little fading. The chasing looks decent with some texture left, but obviously from the close ups you can see a lot of surface marks. To the naked eye, this just gives the pen a matte look. There is some brassing on the cap band and at the crown of the lever. Other than a little brassing on the ball, the clip looks pretty clean. There is an inscription on the side to “C.E. Brahm” the great composer, so this pen is worth a fortune. Just kidding. No idea who he is. The 14kt. Wahl #2 is a soft XF (0.3mm) that has that elegant feel a long tined nib gives you. The nib flexes with ease going up to BB (1.3mm). While that isn’t a huge range, you don’t need it because the snapback on this nib is sublime. In the far right of the writing sample, all the flex is done within a 5mm height. It would be perfect nib for drawing or calligraphy. 

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SIZE:  4 1/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Wahl #2, XF to BB (0.3mm-1.3mm)  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
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality