Waterman 12 – Super Flex

Waterman 12 – Super Flex  (On Ebay)

Here is a Waterman 12 eye dropper pen. The black hard rubber body has faded some to a very dark blackish brown. The chasing on this pen is quite worn. It’s visible but without much texture. The imprints are good and crisp and easily readable. The nib on this pen is quite interesting. I found this 12 in the “wild” nibless and decided to pair it with 14kt. Waterman #3. I know, I know, it’s a 12 and should have a #2. But I’ve been tracking down a 13 for this nib forever with little success, and the nib is just too nice to not be used. A good heat set of the nib and feed (which I do with all my vintage pens) took care of any slight size differences. The base of this nib is huge, so it’s not sliding around any. It’s a very fine stub really with some decent line variation. Not quite an “italic”. The flow keeps up nicely, but I wouldn’t call this a “wet” stub. It’s a great writer that adds character. The nicest feature of the nib is it’s flex. This is a soft super flex nib with a great range, very good responsiveness. It’s getting pretty close to “wet noodle” status but not quite. A really nice pen and nib.

SIZE:  5 1/8″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #3, F/M to BBBB (0.5mm-2.0mm),  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

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Waterman 52 1/2V – Super Flex (SOLD)

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

This vintage Waterman 52 1/2 V is really in fantastic condition. The black chased hard rubber body is still very black with little to no fading. The chasing is also good and crisp as well as all the imprints. The pen really looks to have hardly ever been used. The nickel trim also looks near perfect. The most essential part of any pen, the nib, is lovely as well. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a wet and butter smooth XF. You just don’t find XF nibs this smooth. It’s pure joy to use. It also has very good flex ranging from XF-BBB (0.3mm to 1.6mm). I have graded this as a super flex, but I would say it’s a lower tier super flex. That is, it’s closer to a “good flex” grade than a “wet noodle” grade. Still, it’s extremely hard to find these in such a good condition and the overall writing experience is phenomenal.

SIZE:  4 1/2″ 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: 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

    

 

Waterman 32 -Wet Noodle (Artists Nib)

Waterman 32 – Wet Noodle (Artists Nib)  (See Price Here)

First the formalities. This is a standard black Waterman 32 with chrome trim. The body is well cared for. There is some light scratching throughout due to normal use, but overall this pen is smooth, polished and shinning jet black. The trim has also very faint scratching, but there is no plate loss. Imprints are good and crisp. Now to the nib. This is a “wow” nib. It’s paintbrush soft AND responsive. That is a very difficult and rare combination to acquire. This is about as close as you can get to a dip nib in a fountain pen. The nib flexes so easily that it isn’t great for normal writing. The tines just flex too easily, and since it’s an XF that will make it feel rather scratchy. Feels very much like trying to write normally with a dip nib. This nib takes a light touch, and probably isn’t the best for beginners. Not a particularly rare pen model, but a very rare nib. Perfect for artists and calligraphers.

SIZE:  5″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.7mm),  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 452 1/2 V – Super Flex

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

This Waterman 452 1/2 comes in a sterling silver basket weave filigree overlay. The overlay does have some small scratches throughout due to normal use of the pen. There are no major dings, and the pen is in pretty good condition considering it’s age. The hard rubber underneath has faded some to a dark brown. The lever doesn’t quite lay perfectly flat, but it does click into place as normal. There are no personalizations on the pen. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a lovely nib. It isn’t an ultra smooth writer and has just a hint of feedback. It also has some nice character to it. Almost stubbish. I really enjoyed writing with it. The flex on this nib is soft and easy. It doesn’t have a huge range maxing out at 1.5mm, but it is very snappy and responsive. It makes quality flex writing feel easy.

SIZE:  3 5/8″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, XF to BB (0.3mm-1.5mm), 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 (Demi) – Super Flex (SOLD)

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

This Skyline comes in the smaller Demi size and has a black body and cap with gold trim. The body has only very light surface scratching, and much of that came out with a bit of buffing. There is a little bit of plate loss on the crown of the lever from the cap being posted. There are also some very, very tiny nicks on the edges of the clip. Finally, there is a bit of plate loss on the edge of the band as well. The 14kt. Eversharp nib is a beauty. Normally, the nib writes a F line that is wet and very smooth. It is an exceptional writer in my opinion and a joy to use. It also flexes quite easily up to 1.6mm (BB+). It has decent, though not exceptional, responsiveness and plenty of ink flow to keep up with whatever you are writing.

SIZE:  4 3/4″ Capped

NIB: Eversharp 14kt., F to BB (0.4mm-1.6mm) 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
  • Nib tuned to write smoothly
  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Body and trim cleaned, buffed, and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

 

Waterman 52 1/2V Red Ripple – Super Flex (SOLD)

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

Here is a lovely Watermant 52 1/2 V with a ring top in red ripple hard rubber. The red ripple hard rubber does show some fading and thus a bit of dulling of the original red ripple color, but it still has plenty of color left. The imprints are very crisp with little to no fading. The gold-filled trim is also in excellent condition with no signs of brassing on the lever, band, and ring top. The Waterman #2 14kt. nib is a very fine (XXF) and lovely writing nib. It is quite smooth for how fine it is. The flex on this pen is in on the stiffer side of super flex, but the responsiveness is superb. Although the max width of the line isn’t enormous (1.5mm), it is plenty large enough to get quality line variation due to the XXF nib and to the snappy responsiveness of the nib. A beautiful little pen with impressive writing abilities.

SIZE:  4 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, XXF to BB (0.2mm-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 and adjusted for optimal flow
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Wahl-Eversharp Skyline – Good Flex (SOLD)

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

Here is a standard size Skyline in burgundy with gold filled trimming. The body of this pen is in good condition with just some very light scuffing from normal use. There is a bit more scuffing on the section, and it looks a bit duller than the body as a result. There is no brassing or plate loss on any of the gold-filled trim. There are a few small dings on the cap (see pics). The 14kt. Eversharp nib is a lovely writing XF with some flex. Normal writing in this pen is superb. The nib is smooth and elegant. A great writer. It also has some decent flex going up to BB (1.6mm). It’s a bit stiff to be a graded super flex, but it does have some nice responsiveness. Skylines are known for being great writing pens, and this nib makes a great experience even better.

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Eversharp 14kt., XF to BB (0.3mm-1.6mm) GOOD 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