Vintage Unbranded Eyedropper – Super Flex

Vintage Unbranded Eyedropper – Super Flex (On Ebay)

Outside of the big names, many smaller companies made fine vintage pens. This BCHR eyedropper, which is a near replica of a Waterman 12, is a fine example of such a pen. There is no brand on the pen, but it did have an Aikin Lambert nib. The black chased hard rubber on this pen has faded to a dark blackish gray brown. The chasing on the cap is near perfect. It has faded some on the body from use, but is still in pretty good condition .The name “Jason Reuter” is engraved on the side of the barrel. The 14kt. #2 Aikin Lambert nib is a beauty. It’s a XXF flex nib. The XXF is pretty wet for how fine it is. It does have a little feedback as you would expect of a XXF (0.2mm) nib. The flex on this comes pretty easy, and though it doesn’t get massive, it is beautiful responsive. XXF flex nibs are in high demand, and rightly so. They make flex nib work easy.

SIZE:  5″ Capped

NIB: Aikin Lambert, XXF to BB (0.2mm-1.5mm) SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Eyedropper

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

 

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Sheaffer BCHR Ring Top – Super Flex

Sheaffer BCHR Ring Top – Super Flex

This Sheaffer ring top is in superb condition. The black chased hard rubber is as black as the day it was purchased and the chasing looks virtually untouched as well. Imprints are also perfect. The last patent date on this one is from 1914. The ring top and lever are in great condition as well with no brassing (the dark spot toward the front of the lever was just some old ink I have sinned removed). The feed on this is not the original Sheaffer feed but another vintage ebonite feed because Sheaffer feeds of this era were terrible at keeping up with flexing. And this pens feed was no exception. The 14kt. Sheaffer “Self-Filling” nib is a buttery smooth writing F (0.4mm) that is quite wet. The flex comes quite easily and goes all the way to BBB (1.8mm). A great Near Mint Sheaffer.

SIZE:  4 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Sheaffer Self-Filling 14kt., F to BBB (0.4mm-1.8mm),  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 and 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 (On Ebay)

This is a great example of the classic Wahl gold-filled ring tops. Many companies made these, but Wahl seemed to make the largest variety and some of the best quality. There is no brassing on this pen, and only one tiny pin prick ding on the lip of the cap. The initials “H.E.S.” are engraved in the side of the barrel. There is light scratching around bottom of the barrel just above the section from screwing the cap on and off. This is typical for gold filled overlay pens. No other defects to speak of. The 14kt. #2 Wahl nib is a beautiful writer. A very smooth and elegant XF (0.3mm) with good flow but is not overly wet. The flex on this nib is also very good. It’s a bit on the stiff side for a “super flex” grade, as these Wahl nibs tend to be, but it has a great range going from XF to BBB (1.7mm). On top of that it also is very responsive. It’s a great portable and durable vintage flex pen in excellent condition.

SIZE:  3 5/8″ Capped

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

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Excellent

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

    

 

Mabie Todd Swan Ring Top – Wet Noodle

Mabie Todd Swan Ring Top – Wet Noodle ( See Price Here)

Here is a great made in New York Mabie Todd Swan gold-filled ring top. The pen is in great condition. Especially considering it’s age. The gold filled body has minimal wear on it with the only brassing at the end edge of the barrel due to posting. There is one small ding on the cap. It isn’t very noticeable, but you can see fairly easily if you look for it. The initials “V O” are engraved on the side of barrel. The imprints on the end of the barrel are a little faded but readable. The 14kt. Swan #2 nib is wet, lovely writing F that has some nice, soft flex. This is definitely a wet noodle. Not quite a paintbrush, but very soft with some nice responsiveness. A great vintage wet noodle in a durable and portable package by a company that made some great, quality pens.

SIZE: 3 7/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Swan #2, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.8mm),  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 and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

 

Wahl-Eversharp Skyline – Super Flex

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

Here is nice standard size Skyline in burgundy with gold-filled cap and trim. The body of the pen is in good condition. There is some very light scratching from normal use. Nothing major or very noticeable. There are a couple of scratches on the cap as well, but nothing large or very deep or very noticeable. There is no plate loss on the cap or clip. There is a bit of wear on the crown of the lever from posting the cap. There is also a little pin prick dent on the bottom of clip. The Eversharp 14kt. Nib is a pretty wet writing Fine. Not as wet as many of the Skylines out there, but definitely a healthy flow. The tipping is getting a bit worn down but it has enough for to last for a good long while assuming no one goes to town with some sand paper. The flex on this pen is very nice as well. As is the case with most Skyline flex nibs, this is on the firmer side of Super Flex. But it has great range going up from 0.4mm to BBB+(1.8mm), and it has some pretty nice responsiveness. A great Skyline.

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Eversharp 14kt., F to BBB (0.4mm-1.8mm) 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
  • 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 92 – Wet Noodle

Waterman 92 – Wet Noodle  (See Price Here)

Here is a stunning Waterman 92 in red and bronze celluloid. The pen is in great condition with beautiful color and minimal signs of use. The imprints are all pretty good and crisp except there is some wear on the imprint on the side of the barrel. Part of the “Made in Canada” is very faint. The gold-filled trim is also in great condition with only a tiny bit of plate loss on the head of the lever. The clip and band look very nice. The real stunner of this pen, though, is that nib. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a nib of any artists or calligraphers dream. It’s an XXF wet noodle with paintbrush ease of flex unbelievably combined with a superb, bouncy responsiveness. This is about as close to a dip nib as you can get in a fountain pen. The XXF doesn’t make it great for normal writing. It’s too fine and soft, too easy to make the tines start spreading with slight pressure. But the flex!! This isn’t for the big gushing brush calligraphy lettering, but rather for the detailed, precise lettering of something like Copperplate. An incredible wet noodle that likely won’t last long.

SIZE:  5″ 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 (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 3V – Good Flex

Waterman 3V – Good Flex (On Ebay)

The Waterman 3V is very similar in size to the Waterman 52Vs. These came a bit later than the 52s and thus have bodies made of beautiful celluloid so rather than the more difficult to preserve hard rubber. But they still have hard rubber in all the places that matter (the section and feed). This pen’s body is black with marbled pearl and grey flecks. It’s quite stunning in person. There is very little wear on this pen, very few signs of use. The chrome plated trim is in great condition with only some very tiny blemishes on head of the lever and the bottom of the climb. But you can only see them if you look very closely. The body is sleek and shiny as new with all the flecks popping out. The 14kt. Waterman #2 nib is a buttery smooth writing F. It also flexes up to BB (1.5mm). The flex is a bit too stiff to be in the super flex category, but this nib is still superior to pretty all modern flex nibs. A gorgeous, quality vintage Waterman.

SIZE:  4 3/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, F to BB (0.4mm-1.5mm),  GOOD FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Excellent

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