Mabie Todd Swan Ring Top – Super Flex / Wet Noodle

Mabie Todd Swan Ring Top – Super Flex / Wet Noodle (On Ebay)

Here is a nice made in New York Mabie Todd Swan gold-filled ring top. The gold-filled body is in decent condition. There is some light scratching throughout, but nothing major. It has relatively little patterning on the body, and the smooth gold surface tends to hide very little. I only spot one very small ding on the side of the lever. I couldn’t really even pic it up on camera. There is a bit of wear on the end of the barrel, but that’s about it. Lever looks great. There is no personalizations. The 14kt. #2 Swan nib is a lovely XXF. It writes incredibly smooth for how fine it is. The flex is quite lovely as well ranging up to BBB. Ease of flex I would say really lands more in the “super flex” range, but it’s so fine and very responsive giving it a very high quality flex ability. Ease of flex would be similar to a Nikko G dip nib, if you have ever used one of them. This nib makes flex work much easier if you know what you are doing. And it comes in a nice, durable and portable package.

SIZE: 3 7/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Swan #2, XXF to BBB (0.2mm-1.7mm),  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

Waterman 52 – Wet Noodle

Waterman 52 – Wet Noodle  (See Price Here)

Here is a Waterman 52 in BCHR in good condition. The BCHR is in great condition for a Waterman, whose black hard rubbers are notorious faders. The chasing is also very good. There is minimum wear on the lever and clip. Unfortunately, it looks like someone pulled the lever on a fossilized sac and caused a little bit of bending on the lever box. The box works fine and I don’t see any damage other than a little bending. The 14kt. Waterman #2 nib on this one is phenomenal. It is a beautifully smooth and very wet writing F. The nib has some brilliant flex that is ultra soft nearing paintbrush feel. It’s so soft that if you have experience with flex nibs, it’ll still probably take some getting used to. The down side is that the feed has some trouble keeping up with some inks. I’ve run untold adjustments on this nib and feed, but can’t totally remove the railroading. So, for example, with Diamine Turquoise I can get about three lines of flex writing before I need to re-prime the feed a bit so it’ll keep up well. However, with wetter inks such as Pilot Iroshizuku, like Asa Gao in the example, the ink keeps up without any issue. This is a very rare, near paintbrush nib that still works as a soft, smooth, and deliciously wet normal writer.

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.9mm),  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
  • 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

Parker Lucky Curve / Jack Knife Ring Top – Super Flex

Parker Lucky Curve / Jack Knife Ring Top – Super Flex – (On Ebay)

Here is an early Parker “Lucky Curve” Jack Knife Safety 20 1/2 pen in BCHR. Latest pat. date on this button-filler is 1912. The black hard rubber is still pretty black with only light fading. The chasing is also quite good with minimum wear. The imprints are very crisp on the cap and a little worn on the barrel with the “Lucky Curve” mostly worn off. The “20 1/2” on the end cap is a little faded but still easily readable. The top of the ring top has some brassing. The 14kt. “Lucky Curve” #2 is a beauty of a nib. It’s a soft and rather wet fine that works great as a normal writer, but it also has some great flex. It ranges quite easily up to BBB+ (1.8mm), has pretty decent responsiveness, and the Lucky Curve feed does well keeping up with the nib. It’s a fantastic hundred year old Parker with great flex. Plus, it’s portable and makes a great writer.

SIZE:  4 1/2″ Capped

NIB: Parker Lucky Curve 14kt., F-BBB (0.4mm-1.8mm), SUPER FLEX, (See the Willowstrong Pens site for more info on how I grade flex)

FILLING: Eyedropper

CONDITION: Good

Restoration Work:

  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned and adjusted for optimal flow
  • New pressure bar installed
  • Trim cleaned 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 very nice Waterman 52 in Red Ripple hard rubber. The pen is in very nice condition. There is only moderate fading of the hard rubber. The gold filled trim is in good condition, but there is some brassing on the band and some wear to the lever. The clip has one little scratch on it below the rivets. Imprints on the side of the barrel are almost completely worn off. The “52” is still crisp, however. This pen also still has the original red ripple feed. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a beautiful writer. Normally, it writes as a smooth, slightly stubbish XF (0.3mm) with moderate wetness. With little pressure the nib flexes and can create swells up to 1.7mm (BBB). It is also a fairly responsive nib when flexed. The red ripple 52 is an iconic pen and this one is fantastic writer with nice flex abilities.

SIZE:  5 3/4″ 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: 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

Waterman 54 – Good Flex

Waterman 54 – Good Flex (On Ebay)

This Waterman 54 comes in BCHR. The 54 is about the same length as the 52 only slightly larger in diameter and of course having the larger #4 nib. The hard rubber barrel is still pretty black, though the cap has faded a bit more to a dark brown. Imprints are still good and crisp. The chasing is worn some but still visible with some texture left. The nickel-filled trim is in overall good condition. There is very little wear to lever. The clip looks pretty good as well but lost the original ball at the bottom. The 14kt. Waterman #4 nib is a lovely. For normally writing, it is superb. It has excellent flow with a soft buttery feel. A pure joy to use, and well worth purchasing just for that. Additionally it has has flex that comes easily with good responsiveness and nice range. From XF (0.3mm) it can swell up to BBB (1.6mm). The feed however lags a little behind at times causing some railroading, and it is for for that reason alone that I graded this as a “good flex.” This is another superb Waterman nib on vintage BCHR 54.

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #4, XF – BBB (0.3mm-1.6mm), GOOD FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Good

Restoration 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 Vest Pen – Super Flex

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

Here is a larger size Wahl Gold-Filled vest pen with clip. This is a good size gold-filled pen. There are only a few small dings here and there on the pen. I only counted 4, and they aren’t very noticeable. You have to hold the pen at the angle to see most of the them. The edges on the end of the barrel have some brassing, but otherwise its free of plate loss. There is no personalization on the pen. The pattern etched on the pen still looks great. The 14kt. Wahl #3 nib is a rare XXXF (0.1mm) nib. It writes pretty smooth for how fine it is. The flex on this pen is also quite nice. It doesn’t need much swell due to how fine the nib is, but it goes quite easily up to BB (1.4mm). I would say ease of flex is on the lower end of “super flex,” but the XXXF makes it feel very responsive. These XXXF flex nibs are not easy to come by, and this one comes on a durable, gold-filled Wahl.

SIZE:  4 7/8″ Capped

NIB:  14kt. Wahl #3, XXF to BB (0.1mm-1.4mm) 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 94 Mahogany (Keyhole Nib) – Medium Flex

Waterman 94 Mahogany (Keyhole Nib) – Medium Flex  (On Ebay)

Here is a Waterman 94 in the gorgeous Mahogany body. Pictures never fully do justice to this color. This looks and feels posh. The body has normal light marks from use, but nothing big and most I could polish out. The gold-filled trim is in good condition overall. There is some tiny spots of grassing on the edges of the lever and clip. Imprints look good. The black hard rubber section has faded to a dark brown. This pen comes with a 14kt. Waterman #4 “Keyhole” nib. The nib writes wonderfully as a wet and beautifully smooth F/M. It really feels like a stubbish Medium. It really brings on the shading. While normal writing is where this nib really shines, it does have some flex ranging up to BB (1.5mm). While flex comes rather easily, it lacks some of the range and responsiveness of better flex nibs. That doesn’t mean this is a lesser nib, because it excels at normal writing. But I would only grade it as a “medium flex.” If you are looking for a great writing vintage pen with some flex, you can’t go wrong with this beauty.

SIZE:  5″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #4, F to BB (0.3mm-1.4mm),  MEDIUM 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 and trim polished
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned
  • Nib and feed tuned to write smoothly and with optimal flow
  • Body buffed and polished
  • New Sac Installed
  • Test driven for at least a week to insure quality