Conklin Crescent 40 – Wet Noodle (SOLD)

Conklin Crescent 40 –  Wet Noodle – (On Ebay)

This is the classic Conklin Crescent in size 40. The black hard rubber has faded to a dark chocolate brown. The imprints are also worn but mostly visible. The gold-filled trim shows no signs of brassing, but there are a few impressions on the clip (see pic). The name “G.W. Zeck” is imprinted in the side of the barrel. The other imprints on the pen are mostly worn off. There are a two small marks on the cap like little scrapes, and there is a hairline crack in the lip. The crack is so fine I almost missed it, and it looks and feels pretty stable. The crescent filler works great. The large 14kt. Conklin Toledo #4 nib is a very soft and very wet and very smooth writing M (0.55mm). It does have a little hump in the tines probably caused by someone trying to decrease the flow by bending the tines down. The nib flexes with ease going up to BBB+ (2.0mm). I have graded it Wet Noodle. It’s on the stiffer side of wet noodle. Not quite a paintbrush, but still quite soft. With some inks, you will get an occasional railroad. Still it’s a nice size Crescent Filler with a large flexy nib.

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Conklin Toledo #4, XF to BBB (0.55mm-2.0mm) WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Crescent Filler

CONDITION: Good

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

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Moore Gold Filled Ring Top – Wet Noodle

Moore Gold Filled Ring Top – Wet Noodle  (On Ebay)

Here is a pretty little gold filled ring top by Moore. I like ring tops by Moore ring as they have a good quality feel to them. There are a nice weight and the caps always thread nicely. There is no brassing that I could find on this pen. There is one small ding on the body, but other than that the pen seems pretty clean other than the usual light scratching that comes with normal use. The initials “F.W.” are inscribed in the side of the cap. The 14kt #2 Moore nib is a very wet writing F that is smooth and soft, and it is has some fantastic flex. It ranges from a wet 0.4mm (F) to a large 1.8mm (BBB). It is very soft and smooth and has some nice responsiveness. A great, durable and portable noodle.

SIZE:  3 3/4″ Capped

NIB: Moore #2, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.8mm),  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
  • Pen body buffed and polished
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

 

Waterman 52V Red Ripple – Super Flex (SOLD)

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

Here is a nice Waterman 52V in Red Ripple. The 52 is the vest pen version (thus “V”) of the 52. It’s same bulk as the 52 but shorter. Posted it’s meant to feel like a 52 unposted, and I think it succeeds. It’s one my favorite vintage Waterman sizes. The hard rubber is a bit faded, though not bad at all. The gold filled trim looks good with no brassing. There are some small impressions in the lever, but no plate wear. Imprints are faded and barely readable. It is missing the ring at the top. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a gorgeous wet writing XF (0.3mm) that has some nice wet flex going up to BBB (1.8mm). Normally, it writes wet and springy like many Waterman’s of this era. The flex comes pretty easy, has plenty of flow to keep up, and pretty decent responsivess. It’s a great all around pen in beautiful Red Ripple.

SIZE:  4 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.8mm),  SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Good

Restration Work:

  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Trim cleaned and 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

Onoto Plunger Filling Pen – Wet Noodle (SOLD)

Onoto Plunger Filler – Wet Noodle (On Ebay)

Here is an English classic: the Onoto pen by Thomas De La Rue company. It’s one of the first plunger filled pens ever made. The BCHR on this pen has faded to a dark brown color. The chasing on the body is worn though visible. Imprints still look pretty good. The slip cap fits snuggly. The 14kt. Onoto nib with over/under feed is a really nice, smooth writing F stub (0.5mm) with pretty good line variation for so fine a stub. It has very easy flex. Not quite a paintbrush, but still flexes with ease. However, the ink will start railroading after a bit unless you unscrew the plunger (this is pretty common on these pens). Once you do unscrew the back the ink just pours out. If you are looking for a flex pen for thinner, drier inks or one to get massive sheen look no further.

SIZE:  5 3/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Onoto, Fine Shade to BBB (0.5mm-1.8mm)  WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade Flex)

FILLING: Plunger Filler

CONDITION: Good

Restration Work:

  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned
  • New cork seal installed
  • New plunger installed
  • New plunger rod installed
  • Nib adjusted for flow and smooth writing

Parker Lucky Curve – Medium Flex (SOLD)

Parker Lucky Curve – Medium Flex  – (On Ebay)

Here is a black hard rubber Parker Lucky Curve. The hard rubber is still very black with little fading. The imprints are mostly readable though worn. The gold filled clip is in good condition with no brassing that I can see. The 14kt. Parker nib is a wet writing F. It’s a really nice and smooth writer. The nib has some flex going up to 1.2mm. I graded it as a medium flex, but many would call this a semi-flex. It’s a little softer than most semi-flexes, but I have no problem calling it a semi-flex nib. It’s a nice looking pen in good condition and with great writing nib.

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Parker 14kt., F-BB (0.4mm-1.2mm), MEDUIM FLEX

FILLING: Eyedropper

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
  • New pressure bar installed
  • Trim cleaned and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Mabie Todd Swallow – Super Flex (SOLD)

Mabie Todd Swallow – Super Flex (On Ebay)

Here is a lovely Mabie Todd “Swallow” in a green and black celluloid pattern. Parts of the green pattern have browned, especially on the body, which is not unusual for these pens. There is some light scratching from use, and a few light teeth marks on the end of the barrel. The gold filled trim really looks sharp on this pen, and is in pretty good condition. The lever does have some scratching, but there is no brassing that I can see. Imprints are present, but somewhat faded. The 14kt. Mabie Todd #2 is a wet and lovely writing F (0.5mm), which despite the wetness does really feel like a F (western F at least) to me. It has some nice soft flex with a great range going up to 1.9mm (BBB+)! A great, vintage Mabie Todd with some really nice flex.

SIZE:  4 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Mabie Todd #2, F to BBB (0.5mm-1.9mm)  SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Eyedropper

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
  • Body buffed and polished
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Wahl Oversized Flat Top – Super Flex (SOLD)

Wahl Oversized Flat Top – Super Flex – (On Ebay)

Here is a Wahl Flat Top Oversize pen in a green celluloid. The pen is in pretty good condition. The green has browned in spots on the cap (probably due to ink staining from inside the cap), and is a hair lighter in color on the cap than the body. But overall the color is quite good for this material which is generally much more altered.  The black hard rubber ends are still jet black black and shiny. The gold filled trim all looks to be free of brassing. The one flaw the pen has is the lever is a little bent in the middle leaving the bottom and top of the lever sticking out from the body a little. There are also a few marks on the lever. The massive 14kt. Wahl-Eversharp nib is a factory made Gold Seal “FLEXIBLE” (The “flexible” imprint is hidden under the section). It writes normally as a XXF (0.2mm) and has a nice flex range up to BBB (1.8mm). The flex is on the stiff side for a super flex, but with that kind of range I felt that grade was warranted. If you like big pens and fine nibs, this is for you.

SIZE:  5 1/2″ Capped

NIB: Wahl-Eversharp “Signature”, XXF to BBB (0.2mm-1.8mm) SUPER 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
  • Body and trim cleaned and polished
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality