Mabie Todd Swan S.F. 1 – Super Flex

Mabie Todd Swan S.F. 1 – Super Flex (On Ebay)

Here is a made in England Swan in a “self-filler” model (lever filler). The black hard rubber is still quite black with only slight fading. The chasing is worn though visible. Imprints are easily readable. The swan on the top of the cap is partly worn off. The gold-filled lever is in great condition with only very small spots of brassing on the edges. The 14tkt. Swan nib is a very soft and wet F. This is a near wet noodle or borderline wet noodle. It’s soft enough that normal writing pressure will cause the tines to spread slightly, so you have to use a light hand for writing. Flex on this nib comes very easily ranging from F to BBB+ (1.9mm)! I would have graded this a “wet noodle” except it’s not quite as responsive as most wet noodles. It’s really close to being a noodle though. Certainly, a very high “super flex.” A lot of people would call it a wet noodle. Anyway, it’s a great vintage flex pen for a great price.

SIZE:  5 1/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Swan #2, F to BBB+ (0.4mm-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
  • Trim buffed and polished
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 52 Red Ripple – Super Flex

Waterman 52 Red Ripple – Super Flex (On Ebay)

Here is the iconic and beautiful Waterman 52 in Red Ripple hard rubber. The red ripple still has good color and only faded slightly. The gold-filled clip and band are in great condition with no brassing. The lever has spots of plate loss and brassing (see pics). The name “Helen Mitchell” is engraved on the side of the barrel with “L.C.C.I.” under the name. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a beautiful writer with a wet flow. It is technically a F but feels more like a M. It has a stubbish look and feel to it, which is a nice feature. The nib has some nice flex going rather easily up to BBB, and it has decent responsiveness. As I said, the 52 Red Ripple is an iconic pen, and for good reason. They are beautiful and generally have superb nibs, and this pen is no exception.

SIZE:  5 3/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.8mm),  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

Wahl Gold Filled #4 Vest Pen – Super Flex

Wahl Gold Filled #4 Vest Pen – Super Flex (On Ebay)

Here is a fantastic Wahl gold-filled vest pen (with clip and not a ring top) in the larger size with a #4 size nib. This Wahl is in very good condition with no signs of brassing There is very little wear to the body. The one flaw is that there is a decent sized ding on the side of the barrel. The 14kt Wahl #4 nib is lovely: wet and smooth and feels a bit stubbish. A blast to write with. Technically, it’s measures around a F but it feels more like a M.  The flex is also quite large going from 0.4mm all the way to 2.0mm! That is an impressive range. The responsiveness is quite good, and this pen lays down a lot of ink. This is a durable, portable pen that is a fantastic writer with wonderful flex.

SIZE: 5 1/8″ Capped

NIB: Wahl #4, F to BBB (0.4mm-2.0mm) SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Good

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 Doric with “Flexible” Nib – Super Flex

Wahl-Eversharp Doric with “Flexible” Nib – Super Flex – (On Ebay)

This Doric is in beautiful condition. The black body has little signs of wear. There is a little spot of  wear on the end of the barrel (the facet edges are a little worn) from the lip of the cap when posted. The Dorics had robust quality trim, and it really show. The gold-filled trim almost looks brand new. No brassing whatsoever. This pen also comes with the ink shut off system (shuts the ink off from the feed when the pen is capped), and it’s one of the rare instances where it actually works great. The 14kt. Eversharp “Flexible” nib is pure pleasure to write with. It’s a wet F (0.4mm) that feels soft and pillowy. The wet flow, though not gushing, really brings out the shading qualities in an ink. The flex is pretty decent. I gave it a “super flex” grade, but I would put this on the lower end of super flex. It has good range going up to BBB (1.7mm) and decent responsiveness. Ease of flex is on the stiffer side of spectrum for “super flex.” Still, you can do some great flex writing with it. The is a gorgeous, top tier quality pen (think Pelikan, Omas, etc. quality) with a phenomenal F nib. You won’t find better. Plus, it has vintage flex.

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Wahl-Eversharp “Signature”, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.7mm),  SUPER FLEX  (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Excellent

Restoration Work:

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

Waterman 32V – Good Flex

Waterman 32V – Good Flex – (On Ebay)

Here is a nice Waterman 32V, the vest pen version of the 32. These are from the era where Waterman was transitioning away from hard rubber to modern plastics. The feeds and sections  remain hard rubber but the body is s high quality plastic, which makes long term care much easier while maintains the benefits of ebonite feeds. The body is in good condition with only some light marks on the end of the barrel from posting and a few scratches on the barrel end. The chrome trim is great condition with no signs of plate loss. The 14kt. Waterman #2 nib is a great writing XF. It is beautifully smooth and perfect flow. Not too wet, not too dry. It also has some lovely flex. The flex has many traits of a “super flex” grade. It has great range going from XF (0.3mm) to BBB (1.8mm), with great flow, and some good responsiveness. It’s just a bit on the stiff side to be a “super flex,” thus the “good flex” grade. This size pen is great. Very portable but when it posts it feels like a full size pen. Plus, you get vintage Waterman writing and flex.

SIZE:  4 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.8mm) GOOD 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 412 – Super Flex

Waterman 412 – Super Flex (On Ebay)

Here is a fantastic Waterman 412 eyedropper. The sterling silver filigree overlay is in nice condition without a lot of signs of use. The hard rubber body has faded a little but not a lot. The “412” imprint is good and easy to read. It has no personalization. It is also a clipless model. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is wonderful. It writes normally as a smooth XF (0.3mm). It is not the typical wet vintage nib, nor is it too dry. It’s just about right. The nib feels great on the page in normal writing. The nib flexes with a nice range having swells up BBB (1.7mm). The feed is plenty wet to keep up. Responsiveness is decent as well. It’s a great all around nib in a gorgeous, vintage 412.

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.9mm),  SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Excellent

Restration Work:

  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Gold filled filigree cleaned and polished
  • 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 0552 – Super Flex

Waterman 0552 – Super Flex  (On Ebay)

A Waterman numbered 0552 means a 52 with a gold filled overlay (the “05”). This gold filled overlay has some very nice floral etching throughout. There is little to no brassing on the body that I can see. There are a couple of scratches on the body. Nothing serious. “F.V.M” is the personalization on the barrel. Just above those initials is a small spot where some of the overlay was scraped off (see pics). The lever has some brassing and the “Ideal” globe is partly worn off. The “0552” imprint has worn completely off. It’s obviously been used, though the overall appearance is still pretty good. The black hard rubber is still very dark. It’s somewhere between a very dark brown and black. The 14kt. Waterman #2 nib is an almost stubbish XF/F (0.35mm). It writes like a typical wet Waterman nib with some really nice character due to the natural line variation. The flex on this pen is also nice ranging up to BB (1.6mm). The feed is quite wet and keeps up very well. This would make a great do everything pen. Good writer, good flex.

SIZE: 5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, F/XF to BBB (0.35mm-1.6mm),  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
  • Nib and trim polished
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned
  • Nib and feed tuned to write smoothly and with optimal flow
  • Overlay cleaned and polished
  • Test driven for at least a week to insure quality