Wahl Gold-Filled Pen #3 – Super Flex

Wahl Gold-Filled Pen #3 – Super Flex  (On Ebay)

Here is a lovely Wahl Gold-Filled pen (not a ring top as stated in the sample). These Wahls come in various sizes. This is a middling size with a #3 nib and comes with a clip as opposed to a ring top. The body is in excellent condition with no dings that I could find nor any personalizations. There is only a touch of brassing on the end of the barrel due to posting the cap. Any other wear is very minor. It still looks beautiful. The #3 Wahl nib is a smooth XF (0.3mm) that has good flow but isn’t overly wet. The range of flex on this nib is impressive going from XF (0.3mm) to BBB+ (1.8mm). Ease of flex is a bit on the stiffer side as is typical for Wahl and Eversharp nibs, due to their generally thicker build than some of their contemporaries. It’s a durable high quality vintage Wahl with a great nib.

SIZE:  4 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Wahl #3, XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.8mm) SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Excellent

Restration Work:

  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Body thoroughly polished with jeweler’s cloth.
  • 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

Wahl-Eversharp Skyline – Good Flex

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

Here is a beautiful Skyline with a gold-filled cap and gold-filled derby to match. The pen is in very nice condition overall. The navy blue body has only minor surface scratching and has buffed shiny and smooth. The lever has a bit of wear and some gold loss on it’s peak due to posting the cap. The cap does have some minor scratching on the derby, and some very small dings here and there, but it is void of any brassing. The Eversharp 14kt. is a wet and buttery smooth F. It’s a glorious writer and well living up to the famed quality of vintage Eversharp nibs. It’s flex is good but not a “super flex.” It ranges from F (0.4mm) to BB (1.6mm). The flow is good and keeps up well. Responsiveness is decent. It just lacks the ease of flex to grade in the “super” category. Still, this is a beautiful Skyline that is a superb writer and offers some decent flex.

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Eversharp 14kt., F to BB (0.4mm-1.6mm) 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 52 1/2V – Good Flex

Waterman 52 1/2V  – Good Flex  (On Ebay)

This Waterman 52 1/2V is in overall good condition. The black smooth hard rubber body (no original chasing) has faded to a medium brown. The imprints, however, are nice and crisp, and the gold-filled trim is also in very good condition. The trim does have a little bit of wear from normal use, but shows no signs of brassing or pitting. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a rare XXF. It writes pretty smooth for an XXF (0.2mm) and has good flow. The flex on this nib is also pretty good ranging up to BB (1.6mm). However, the flex is a bit too stif for a “super flex” grade, and it also lacks a bit of the responsiveness one would expect from a XXF super flex nib. Thus, the “good flex’ grade. Still, if ultra fine is your thing, this is a great vintage nib in a small, portable pen.

SIZE:  4 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XXF to BB (0.2mm-1.6mm)  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

Wahl Gold-Filled Ring Top – Wet Noodle

Wahl Gold-Filled Ring Top – Wet Noodle (See Price Here)

Here is a gorgeous Wahl gold-filled ring top with a Wahl #2 nib. The light wear on this pen is just what would be expected from normal use. There is some scuffing of body near the section from threading the cap on and off as well as some on the barrel end from posting the cap. There is a scratch on the bottom of the barrel near the section that actually goes into the threads on the section (see pics). The Wahl #2 nib is a rare XXF with fantastic flex ability. The 0.2mm ultra fine nib does have a bit of a scratch for normal writing as would be expected, and it flexes with ease up to BBB (1.7mm). The ease of flex is not paintbrush like. There is more control to it than that. The super fine point also allows this nib to feel wonderfully responsive. If you are looking for big, sloppy flex, this isn’t the nib. If you are looking for precision flex, this is it. This nib is worth more than the body. It is an “artist” like nib in the ultra portable and durable body of gold-filled ring top.

SIZE:  4 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Wahl #2, XXF to BBB (0.2mm-1.7mm),  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 and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Trim cleaned and polished
  • New ink sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 52 1/2V Red Ripple – Good / Super Flex

Waterman 52 1/2V Red Ripple – Good / Super Flex  (On Ebay)

This Waterman 52 1/2V in Red Ripple hard rubber is in nice condition. There is a slight bit of fading on the hard rubber but not much. The imprints are pretty crisp. The gold-filled trim is also quite nice. There is little bit of brassing on the top edge of the cap band. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a very soft and smooth writing F/M (0.5mm) that is quite wet. It has a little bit of a stubbish feel. The flex on this is pretty good. It has some nice range going from 0.5mm to 1.6mm. It lacks a little bit of responsiveness and is really in between a high “good flex” and a low “super flex” in my grading system. It’s a great Waterman in the portable 52 1/2V design.

SIZE:  4 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, F/M to BB (0.5mm-1.6mm)  GOOD/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
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 52V Red Ripple – Super Flex

Waterman 52V Red Ripple – Super Flex (On Ebay)

This Waterman 52V in the classic Waterman Red Ripple hard rubber is in excellent condition. The hard rubber shows very minimal fading and still has great color. The imprints are nice and crisp. The golf-filled trim is in great condition with no brassing. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a very lovely F. The nib is really a very nice normal writer. The kind that makes you want to write something just so you can use it. It’s buttery smooth with a good medium wetness. The flex on it has some good range going from F (0.4mm) to BBB (1.7mm) and the flow keeps up well. The responsiveness is decent but not out of this world. Overall, this is a superb Waterman 52V in superb condition

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: Excellent / Near Mint

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-Eversharp Skyline (Demi) – Good Flex

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

Here is a nice Wahl-Eversharp Skyline in brown with gold-filled trim. This pen has only light surface scratching on the body from normal use. The cap is in great condition with no dings or dents. The trim overall is in great condition with just a small spot of plate loss on the lever from posting the cap, but you have to look closely to see it. The 14kt. Eversharp nib is wonderful writer. It’s long tines make it an elegant and smooth writer with plenty of wetness. The nib also has some nice “definition.” It’s normally an XF (0.3mm) but flexes up to BB (1.3mm). The flex  comes pretty easily. In fact, you can get this to flex a little with almost very little pressure. But higher than the initial swell, and the nib gets a bit stiffer. Responsiveness is decent, so you can still create some nice flex work with it. There is reasons Skylines are such admired pens, and this one shows off a lot of the reasons why.

SIZE:  4 7/8″ Capped

NIB: Eversharp 14kt., XF to BB (0.3mm-1.3mm) 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 42 1/2 V Wood Grain – Good / Super Flex

Waterman 42 1/2 Wood Grain – Good / Super Flex  (On Ebay)

Here is a fabulous Waterman Safety pen. I believe it is a 42 1/2 though the number imprints is no longer visible. At some point someone removed the surface layer of faded hard rubber to return it to a like new appearance. Everything on this pen is restored and fully functional. The imprints are worn and difficult to read. There is no trim on the pen. If you aren’t acquainted with these safety, they are filled like an eyedropper when the nib is retracted into the barrel. When you remove the cap and turn the back section, the nib emerges from the barrel. They are one of the most intriguing designs in vintage pens, and I personally love them.  Since there is a seal over the barrel when capped, you never have to worry about ink leaking into the cap. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a very nice, smooth and pretty wet writing XF. A great normal writer. The flex on this one is right on the border of good and super. It’s a bit stiffer than a typical super flex, but better than most good flexes. Overall, this is a fantastic and collectible pen that is a joy to use.

SIZE:  5″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.7mm)  GOOD/SUPER FLEX (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 and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Trim cleaned and polished
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 52V Red Ripple – Super Flex

Waterman 52V Red Ripple – Super Flex (On Ebay)

Here is a lovely Waterman 52V in Waterman’s iconic red ripple hard rubber. With the nickel trim, this is likely from the European market. The fading of this pen is minimal, and the imprints are still very crisp. There is also minimal wear on the trim and no brassing. In short, this pen is close to mint condition. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a beautiful nib. It’s a wet, glassy smooth writing XF (0.3mm). When flexed this ranges up to BBB (1.7mm) with ease. The flow has no trouble keeping up. Though the wetness of the flow does make it a bit less responsive than it would be, the responsiveness is still decent. Overall, this is a fantastic all around Waterman in fantastic condition.

SIZE:  4 1/2″ Capped

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

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Near Mint

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

Waterman 52 Wood Grain – Wet Noodle

Waterman 52 Wood Grain – Wet Noodle  (See Price Here)

Here is a Waterman 55 in incredible condition. The 55 is significantly larger than the 52. It’s about the size of a Waterman 7. The wood grain hard rubber is in amazing condition with no signs of fading and almost as shiny as new. It’s a real treat to find one in this good of condition. The gold-filled trim shows a bit of wear but no brassing. It lacks the gold-filled band around the bottom edge of the cap typical of the wood grains and red ripples. I don’t think I’d say this is a rare feature, but it’s certainly uncommon. The imprints are good and are fairly easily readable. Then there is the nib. The 14kt. Waterman #5 is a stunner. It’s a wet F (0.5mm) that is smooth and soft. It also has so huge flex going easily up to BBBB (2.1mm)! It’s not quite a paintbrush, but it’s soft enough that it can be easily over-flexed, so use some care if you are new to the flex experience. Overall, this is just a gem of a pen. A worthy writer, a wonderful collector’s item, and superb flex pen.

SIZE:  5 5/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, F to BBBB (0.5mm-2.1mm),  WET NOODLE (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
  • 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