Conklin Crescent Gold Filigree Ring Top – Wet Noodle

Conklin Crescent Gold Filigree Ring Top – Wet Noodle  – (On Ebay)

Here is a gorgeous Conklin Crescent with a gold-filled filigree overlay in a vest pen / ring top size. In size this is about half way between a Waterman 52 1/2V and a Waterman 52V. The body is in fantastic condition with little to no signs of wear. Certainly no brassing. No fading to the hard rubber. Has the initials “MC” on the cap. The body is really in superb condition. The 14kt. Made in Toledo Conklin #2 is a very wet writing F that like a lot of Conklin’s of this era has a bit of a stub-like character to it. There is some kind of tarnish on the gold nib that I can’t seem to polish off. It takes the right light to see it, but there is a slight color variation on a couple of places on the nib. Writing for this nib is lovely, wet, and smooth. It also has wonderful flex that I’m grading as a low grade wet noodle. This isn’t paintbrush soft, but flex comes very easy. It has a nice range going up to a large BBB (1.8mm). Responsiveness is pretty decent as well. Overall, a gorgeous Conklin that is both a beautiful writer and is capable of lovely flex work.

SIZE:  4 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Conklin Toledo #2, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.8mm) WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Excellent

CONDITION: Near Mint

Restoration Work:

  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned
  • Nib and feed tuned to write smoothly with optimal flow
  • Gold trim cleaned and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Wahl-Eversharp Skyline – Super Flex

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

Here is a nice Skyline in the army brown body with a gold-filled cap.The body has only surface marks from normal use for the most part. There are some small deeper scratches on the derby (see pics). There are just a few tiny marks on the gold-filled cap sleeve but nothing major or obvious. There is no brassing on it or the clip. There is a little bit of plate loss on the crown of the lever from the cap being posted. The 14kt. Eversharp nib is a wonderful Fine. It writes a lovely wet and smooth line that just feels like a what a nib should fee like. The flex on this is also wonderful going easily to BBB (1.7mm) with plenty of ink flow to keep up. The responsiveness is also really solid. Overall, a superb Skyline.

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Eversharp 14kt., F to BBB (0.4mm-1.9mm) 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 52 1/2 V – Super Flex

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

This Waterman 52 1/2V has some fading in the BCHR. The chasing still looks pretty good with decent texture but it has faded to a dark brown. The imprints look good. The nickel trim is in good condition with no brassing. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a wet writing F (0.4mm) with just a hint of feedback, though it’s still quite smooth. It has some really nice flex going easily up to BBB (1.6mm). The nib does have two very small cracks coming out of each of the breather hole. If you take good care of this nib and don’t over flex, the cracks should not grow. I’ve personally had a wet noodle nib with two cracks in the same places for over 6 years that I use everyday, and there has been no growth in them. If you are looking for a nice vintage flex nib for an affordable price, here is your chance.

SIZE:  4 1/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.6mm)  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
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Conklin Crescent #30 – Super Flex (Near Mint)

Conklin Crescent #30 – Super Flex – (On Ebay)

This is a superb crescent in the typical BCHR in near mint condition. The hard rubber is still black without any noticeable fading. The chasing and the imprints also look like new. The gold-filled trim also looks really good with no brassing to speak of. This pen looks to have hardly every been used. The 14kt. Conklin #3, made in Toledo nib is a smooth XXF / XF (0.25mm). It’s not as wet as the typical nibs of this era. I would say a 4/10 wetness, but it still writes plenty well and smooth. The flex is quite nice on this coming easily and going up to BBB (1.7mm). Responsiveness is also very good. Overall, a superb Crescent. It is not easy to find these in this kind of condition.

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Conklin Toledo #3, XXF/XF to BBB (0.25mm-1.7mm) SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Crescent Filler

CONDITION: Near Mint

Restoration Work:

  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned
  • Nib and feed tuned to write smoothly with optimal flow
  • Gold trim cleaned and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Omas Extra Brevette – Super Flex/Wet Noodle (SOLD)

Omas Extra Brevette – Super Flex/Wet Noodle (See Price Here)

Oh boy. Here is a beautiful vintage Omas Extra Brevette piston filler in black celluloid. There is some light scratching on this pen from normal use but nothing that is deep or obvious. There are two little bumps on either end of the barrel (see pics). I have no idea what caused these. The gold-filled trim looks really nice with no brassing. The piston filler works great. I put a little silicone grease in there. The 14kt Omas “Extra Lucens” (or extra light/ fine) nib is superb. This is really an XXF, which are pretty hard to come by in an Omas of this era. It writes a lovely, smooth line with great flow and feels soft and elegant. If you like really fine nibs, you’ll love this one. Additionally, it has some soft flex with superb responsiveness. The flex only goes up to 1.2mm, but that is all you need with such a fine starting point and great responsive action. Had the swells been a little larger, I would have graded this a “wet noodle.” Still, it feels “dip nibbish” in the quality of writing you are able to do with it. Overall, it’s a fantastic find.

SIZE: 4 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Omas “Extra Lucens,” XXF to BB (0.2mm-1.2mm)  SUPER FLEX/WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Piston Filler

CONDITION: Good

Restration Work:

  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Pen cap and body polished
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Piston lubricated
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 54 Red Ripple – Super Flex (SOLD)

Waterman 54 Red Ripple – Super Flex (On Ebay)

Here is a Waterman 54 in the iconic Waterman Red Ripple hard rubber. The hard rubber has faded only a little and still has good character. Imprints are a little worn but still visible and readable. There are a couple of issues with the gold-filled trim. The clip has been been out a bit. In addition to the ball being pulled away from the cap, there is a crack in the clip at one of the top rivets (see pic). I’ve pushed on it a bit and it seems pretty stable for now, but I would treat it with care. There is some brassing on the band and a little bit of scuffing in the lever. The 14kt. Waterman #4 nib is a fantastic writer laying down a buttery smooth and wet F (0.4mm) line. Additionally, the nib has a bit of a stubbish quality giving your line some character. The flex on this nib comes pretty easy going up to BBB (1.7mm) with good responsiveness. Overall, a really nice Waterman that would make both a great writer and give you some nice flex.

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #4, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.7mm), 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

Waterman 452 1/2 V – Good/Super Flex (SOLD)

Waterman 452 1/2 V – Good/Super Flex (On Ebay)

Here is a lovely Waterman 452 1/2 V with the sterling silver filigree overlay. The overlay is in good condition with only light scratching from use, but nothing very obvious. There is one tiny ding on the end of barrel. The black hard rubber underneath the overlay is still quite dark with minimal fading. The lever is in good condition but it does stick out just a bit from the body when closed (see pic). Likely the internal bar is bent a bit keeping it from closing flush. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a wet writing XF that is smooth with only a hint of feedback. I would say smoother than my XF Aurora nib or Platinum nib. The flex is also nice going up to BB (1.4mm). Flex comes fairly easily, but the range isn’t huge maxing out at 1.4mm. Or maxing out safely anyway. Responsiveness is decent. I’ve graded it somewhere between a good “good flex” and a low end “super flex.”

SIZE:  3 5/8″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, XF to BB (0.3mm-1.4mm), GOOD/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