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

Wahl Blue Marble Ring Top – Good / Super Flex

Wahl Blue Marble Ring Top – Good / Super Flex  (On Ebay)

Here is a Wahl vest pen ring top in the gorgeous blue marble with gold-filled trim. The body of this pen is in great condition with only some light scratches from normal use. The gold-filled trim is in good shape as well. The ring top has a little bit of brassing. The bands maybe have a little bit of wear, but it’s not very noticeable. The lever is in good shape, though it is a little loose. It works quite well though. The original imprints (which were very light to begin with as all Wahls were) are still easily readable. The 14kt. Wahl #2 is wonderful, wet writing F that is smooth and elegant. I’ve graded the flex as “good flex” approaching “super flex.” Range is decent going up to 1.6mm, but ease of flex is on the stiffer side. Responsiveness is quite good. Overall, this is a great writing vintage pen that has some nice flex capabilities.

SIZE:  4 3/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Wahl #2, F-BB (0.4mm-1.6mm), GOOD/SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Excellent

Restoration Work:

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

Waterman 13 – Super Flex

Waterman 13 – Super Flex  (On Ebay)

Here is the more uncommon Waterman 13 eyedropper. It’s basically the same size as a twelve, but with a larger nib (a bit larger in width, and significantly larger in length). The BCHR has faded to a medium-dark brown. The chasing is still very visible though it has lost some of it’s texture. The original imprints are very crisp. The 14kt. Waterman #3 is really lovely. It writes normally as a super smooth and wet XF. It has a great soft, springy feel to it. The flex range is decent going up to BB (1.5mm), and ease of flex is pretty good. Flow is great, and responsiveness is about average: not out of this world, just decent. Overall, a very nice and relatively uncommon Waterman eyedropper.

SIZE:  5 1/8″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #3, XF to BB (0.3mm-1.5mm),  SUPER FLEX (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
  • Trim cleaned and polished
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned and adjusted for optimal flow
  • New ink sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 0352 – Super Flex / Wet Noodle

Waterman 0352 – Super Flex / Wet Noodle  (On Ebay)

Here is a Waterman 52 with a gold-filled overlay over the barrel (thus the “03” numbering). The hard rubber on this pen is in very good condition. It is originally smooth with no chasing. It is faded very little and is still quite dark, nearly black. The original clip is missing, but there are no cracks. The overlay also looks quite good. Some very light scratching throughout from normal use. There are also a couple of very light scuffs but nothing major. The lever has a few tiny spots of brassing. There is an imprint that reads as follows: line 1 “Craftsman,” line 2 “To,” line 3, “H.A. Sackett,” line 4 “1919.” The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a superb nib. Unfortunately, it does have a very small crack going out of the breather hole on the right side (looking from the section/ barrel down). The nib writes normally as a wet and smooth XF (0.3mm) and has some lovely flex going up to BBB (1.6mm). This is a high end super flex. Not quite a wet noodle, but very close. It’s somewhere between what I normally grade “super flex” and what I would grade “wet noodle.” The crack appears to be stable. I use flex nibs with such cracks frequently, and so long as you don’t push them the cracks don’t grow. Overall, a nice Waterman.

SIZE: 5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.6mm),  SUPER FLEX/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
  • Trim cleaned and polished
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned and adjusted for optimal flow
  • New ink sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality