Waterman 515 – Semi Flex

Waterman 515 – Semi Flex – (On Ebay)

Here is a beautiful made in England Waterman 515 in a lovely burgundy celluloid with golf-filled appointments. The pen is in superb shape. There is very, very minimal surface scratching from normal use. The cigar like barrel feels wonderful in the hand. The gold-filled trim is in near mint condition. Imprints are great. There’s nothing really not to like about this pen. The 14kt. Waterman #5 is a spectacular, wet writing Fine stub. The nib feels wonderful on the page. It would be perfect for those cursive writers out there wanting to add a little flavor to their writing, but it’s also a great nib for those printers (like me). It really brings out the shading in inks. The nib does have some flex ranging decently up to 1.4mm, but it lacks the ease of flex and responsiveness of a higher grade flex nib. That doesn’t mean it’s inferior. It does what it was made to do with excellence.

SIZE:  5 1/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #5, Fine Stub to BB (0.5mm-1.5mm) SEMI FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Near Mint

Restoration Work:

  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • Body and trim cleaned and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 52 – Good-Super Flex

Waterman 52 – Good-Super Flex (On Ebay)

Here is the iconic Waterman 52 in BCHR. The pen is in good condition with some fading of the hard rubber. I’d say it’s a dark brown. Chasing is still present but somewhat worn. Much more worn on the body than the cap. The nickel-filled trim is in nice condition with no brassing that I can see. The Waterman 14kt. #2 nib is XF (0.3mm). It is a lovely writer. Just beautifully soft and smooth with plenty of flow. The flex has a good range going up to BB (1.4mm). Ease of flex is good. The responsiveness is a bit less than the typical “super flex” nib, which is why I graded this as somewhere between “good” and “super” flex. Overall, this is a wonderful pen.

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XF to BB (0.3mm-1.4mm), GOOD-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

Mabie Todd Swan Gold Filled – Super Flex

Mabie Todd Swan Gold Filled – Super Flex – (On Ebay)

Here is a gorgeous made in New York gold-filled Mabie Todd Swan. Patent date is 1915. This pen is in excellent condition. The engraved pattern on the body is beautiful, and the flaws are minimal. There are two scratches on either side of the barrel near the lever box. Something must have pinched it once. There is small dent towards the section that is really hard to see, and a scratch on the section. Also there is some very slight brassing on the barrel end. You’ll only see any of this by looking carefully. The pens has the initials “C.V.F.” on the barrel. There is a tiny bit of light scratching on the clip. The #2 Mabie Todd Swan nib is a pretty wet writing F (0.4mm) that is a bit stubby. The flex on this pen is beautiful ranging up to BBB+ (1.8mm) and also has very nice responsiveness. Wow. This is a gorgeous hundred year old pen, and it comes equipped with a superb Swan flex nib.

SIZE:  5″ Capped

NIB: #2 Mabie Todd Swan, F to BBB+ (0.4mm-1.8mm) SUPER FLEX (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 and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Pen buffed and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Omas Extra – Super Flex / Wet Noodle

Omas Extra – Super Flex / Wet Noodle  (See Price Here)

Here is a vintage Omas Extra in black celluloid. It has the trademark Omas band and roller clip. I love the way Omas celluloid feels in the hand. It’s hard to explain, but this pen is no different and has the classic Omas feel. The body has light surface scratches from normal use. The gold-filled trim looks pretty good, but does have some brassing/ pitting on the lever, and a bit on the edges of the clip and band. The 14kt.Omas Extra nib is wonderful. It writes as a very wet XF/F. It has a buttery smooth sweet spot and is quite wet as typical for Omas. The flex is also lovely coming very easily with outstanding range and nice snap back. I would label this flex as somewhere between the higher side of “super flex” and the lower side of “wet noodle.” It’s a high quality flex nib on classic Italian pen.

SIZE: 4 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Omas Extra, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.9mm)  SUPER FLEX/WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade Flex)

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
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Mabie Todd Swan #3230 – Super Flex

Mabie Todd Swan #3230 – Super Flex – (On Ebay)

This made in England Swan lever-filler comes in a dark gray celluloid with gold-filled trim. The body has darkened some especially on the body. There is a small indentation on the barrel from what was likely an over zealous buffing. The gold-filled trim has some light brassing along the sides of the lever, at the crown of the clip, and on the edges of the bands. Imprints are mostly good and crisp. There is a little wear at the very bottom of the side barrel imprint. The 14kt. Swan nib is a beauty. It’s a buttery, wet XF (0.3mm). It’s probably going to feel more like a F on less absorbent papers. The flex is very good. It comes quite easily and has a nice range going from XF – BBB (1.7mm). This is a pen that feels great in the hand with a fantastic vintage nib that is superb writer and adds the great bonus of good flex.

SIZE:  4 3/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Swan, XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.7mm) 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 and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Pen buffed and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 7 “RED” Red Ripple – Super Flex

Waterman 7 “RED” Red Ripple – Super Flex  (See Price Here)

This is the iconic Waterman 7 Red Ripple color coded “RED,” which is generally considered the best all around nib of the Waterman 7 series. There is some light fading of the hard rubber, but it still has mostly good color. The gold-filled trim looks good, but there is some brassing on the top edge of the band and some scuffing on the crown of the lever. Also the lever sticks up from the body slightly. The “Red” band on the cap is now more of a dark maroon. Imprints are still quite good. The cap threads on with only a quarter turn. The 14kt. #7 Waterman “RED” nib is a wet and smooth XF (0.3mm) which feels great in so large a pen. The flex is also good. A solid “super flex” as is typical of RED nibs. It ranges up to BBB and has good snap back. Overall, it’s a Waterman 7 RED, a pen synonymous with classic vintage style and superb quality.

SIZE:  5 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. #7 Waterman “RED”, XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.8mm), SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Good

Restration Work:

  • Pen (barrel, section, nib, feed, & cap) thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Pen body thoroughly polished with jewelers cloth
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Wahl-Eversharp Skyline – Good Flex

Wahl-Eversharp Skyline – Good Flex – (On Ebay)

Love a good Skyline. Here is one in black with the classic ribbed, gold-filled cap. The body looks great with only slight, surface scratching from normal use. Most everything buffed out beautifully. The cap is a beauty. Really hard to find one of these without dings, and I can’t find one on this cap. No brassing on the cap or clip. A little plate wear on the top of the lever from posting the cap over the years. The clip does have a little ding down on the end. The 14kt. Eversharp nib is what you would expect. Wet, beautifully smooth, but it’s also surprisingly fine coming in a 0.3mm (XF). The flex on this has very good range going up to 1.5mm and great flow. It is just a bit too stiff to be a “super flex.” Still, a great Skyline.

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Eversharp 14kt., XF to BB (0.3mm-1.5mm) GOOD FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Excellent

Restoration Work:

  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned
  • Nib and feed adjusted for optimal flow
  • New sac installed
  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Body buffed for scratches
  • Body and trim cleaned and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 52V – Super Flex

Waterman 52V – Super Flex (On Ebay)

Here is a gorgeous Waterman 52V in BCHR with gold-filled accents. The BCHR is a dark brownish black colors, so it has faded a bit. The chasing is visible with a little texture still but does have some wear. The imprints are readable but are worn. The “52V” is still very crisp. Other than some minor, surface scratching from normal use, the trim looks great. No brassing. The large band on the cap really sets these pens off as special and distinguished. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a wet and smooth writing XF (0.3mm). It’s quite soft and slightly stubbish. They just don’t make nibs like these anymore. It also has nice flex ranging up to BB (1.5mm) that comes quite easily. Responsiveness is decent. Flow is great. Overall, a beautiful classic that when posted has the girth and feel of a 52 with the portability of a vest pen.

SIZE:  3 3/8 Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XF to BB (0.3mm-1.5mm), SUPER FLEX (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
  • Nib and feed adjusted for optimal flow
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Mabie Todd Swan 3350 – Super Flex

Mabie Todd Swan 3350 – Super Flex – (On Ebay)

This made in England Mabie Todd Swan is made of black celluloid with three gold-filled band and clip and lever. The pen has some scratches on the cap that were too deep to buff out but nothing major. The gold-filled trim is in very good condition with no brassing. The 14kt. Mabie Todd Swan #2 is a long-tined, elegant nib. It writes as a soft, wet XF that is smooth. The flex has a huge range going up to 1.9mm and is very wet with good responsiveness. Overall, this is a beautiful Swan.

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Swan, XF to BBB+ (0.3mm-1.9mm) 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 and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Pen buffed and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 52 Red Ripple – Super Flex

Waterman 52 Red Ripple – Super Flex (On Ebay)

Here is a Waterman 52 red ripple likely from the European market. The hard rubber has pretty good color with minimal fading. A little more fading on the cap, but it’s still pretty vivid. This likely was sold with a Waterman accommodation clip, but it was originally a clipless model. The lever, as was customary in Europe, is nickel-filled rather than gold-filled, and it is in good condition. It has a thin gold-filled band on the cap to keep the pen from developing lip cracks. The imprints are very good and crisp. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a beautiful writing XF nib. It’s ultra smooth with good flow. The flex comes quite easy going up to 1.6mm. It has decent responsiveness as well. I love writing with this nib, and the flex is just icing on the cake.

SIZE:  5 3/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XF to BB (0.3mm-1.6mm),  SUPER FLEX (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
  • Nib and feed adjusted for optimal flow
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality