Waterman 52 1/2 BCHR – Wet Noodle

Waterman 52 1/2 BCHR – Wet Noodle (See Price Here)

Here is a fabulous wet noodle nib offered in a Waterman 52 1/2. The pen is good over all condition. The BCHR is still rather black. A little brown but very, very dark. The chasing has been worn almost completely smooth however, and the imprints on the side of the barrel are mostly unreadable. The nickels trim is in great condition without any brassing. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a near paintbrush soft wet noodle. It writes normally as a borderline XXF (0.25mm). It’s quite wet for such a fine nib, but the softness of the tines make this nib difficult to use for normal writing as they start spreading on contact with the paper. The flow keeps up well. Responsiveness is quite good for such a soft nib. Probably, not for beginners. Over flexing this isn’t that hard due to it’s softness. An incredible Watermen noodle.

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, XF/XXF to BB (0.25mm-1.6mm)  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
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 52 1/2 V Wood Grain – Super Flex (Near Mint)

Waterman 52 1/2 V Wood Grain – Super Flex (Near Mint)  (On Ebay)

Here is beautiful 52 1/2 V in a vibrant wood grain. Yes, I said vibrant because the hard rubber has almost no fading on it. The imprints are crisp. The gold-filled trim is in superb condition with no brassing and no scratching. This is “Near Mint” collector’s quality. The 14kt. Waterman #2 nib keeps up this pen’s impressive qualities. It writes as a nice smooth and wet XF. Just at touch of feedback. The flex on this is wonderful. It’s a “super flex” nearing wet noodle status. The range is great going from XF (0.3mm) to BBB swells (1.8mm). Flow is good and responsiveness is pretty good. It’s just a bit too stiff to be a noodle, but still a top notch quality flex nib. Awesome little pen.

SIZE:  4 1/2″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.8mm)  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
  • Trim cleaned and polished
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Parker Jack Knife “Safety” 20 1/2 Ring Top – Super Flex

Parker Jack Knife “Safety” 20 1/2 Ring Top – Super Flex – (On Ebay)

Here is a vest size / ring top Parker Jack Knife pen. It comes in BCHR, which is faded to a grayish black. The chasing is present and visible. It’s mostly smooth on the cap, but still has texture on the body. The imprints are worn but readable on the cap, but difficult to make out on the barrel. The ring top looks good without brassing. The 14kt. Parker “Lucky Curve” nib #2 is a fantastic flex nib. It writes normally as a very smooth XF (0.3mm) with medium plus wetness. It’s really a great normal writer. It flexes easily with a great range swelling up to BBB (1.8mm). Responsiveness is very nice, and all that combines to make this a near noodle “super flex” nib. This one is really close and produces quality flex work.

SIZE:  4 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Parker Lucky Curve 14kt. #2, XF-BBB (0.3mm-1.8mm), SUPER FLEX

FILLING: Eyedropper

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
  • New pressure bar installed
  • Trim cleaned and polished
  • 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 Waterman 52V in the classic “red ripple” hard rubber. I personally love the 52V size as it’s the same bulk as the 52 but shorter, yet feels like a 52 when posted. There is only a little fading of the hard rubber. The color is still really good. Imprints are good. There is only a very tiny bit of brassing starting on the top edge of the band; otherwise, the gold-filled trim looks great. The 14kt. Waterman #2 nib is a really nice writing F. It’s wet but not super wet and has a nice smooth feel. It also creates some nice shading for a Fine. The flex is also very nice ranging up to BBB (1.7mm). The ink flow is great putting down a good amount of ink when flexed. Responsiveness is decent but not amazing. Overall, a really nice 52V red ripple.

SIZE:  4 3/8″ Capped (Not including Ring Top)

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.7mm),  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 adjusted for optimal flow
  • Trim cleaned and polished
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Conklin Crescent 30 – Super Flex (SOLD)

Conklin Crescent 30 –  Super Flex – (On Ebay)

Here is the iconic Conklin Crescent size 30 in BCHR. The hard rubber has faded to a dark blackish brown. The chasing is worn with some remaining texture on the cap but mostly smooth on the barrel. The imprints are also worn and only partially readable The gold-filled crescent has just a hint of brassing on one spot on it’s peak. This Crescent is a clipless model (no original clip). The 14kt. Made in Toledo #3 Conklin nib is a joy to use. It is a wet F that has some lovely stubbish character (one of my favorite traits of many vintage Conklin nibs). The flex on this comes with ease and ranges to BB (1.6mm). There is a tiny crack coming out of one side of the breather hole, which is common in vintage flex nibs. In all my experience if you don’t over flex this nib, that crack will not increase. The ink flow is very good and the responsiveness of the nib is great.

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Conklin Toledo #3, F to BB (0.4mm-1.6mm) SUPER FLEX (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

Conklin Crescent 20P – Super Flex

Conklin Crescent 20P – Super Flex – (On Ebay)

Here is a great vest size Conklin Crescent in BCHR. The hard rubber is still quite black on the cap but has faded dark grayish brown on the barrel. The chasing is still pretty decent throughout (especially on the cap) with texture remaining. The imprints are a little faded but still readable. The gold-filled trim looks great with no brassing. The made in Toledo 14kt. Conklin #2 is a beauty. It writes as a very wet F (0.4mm), but is superbly smooth with just a hint of “stubbishness.” It also has some nice flex ranging up to BB (1.6mm) quite easily with good responsiveness and nice flow. It’s just a great all around vintage flex nib.

SIZE:  4 1/8″ Capped

NIB: Conklin Toledo #2, F to BB (0.4mm-1.6mm) SUPER FLEX (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

Waterman 52 Wood Grain – Super Flex (SOLD)

Waterman 52 Wood Grain – Super Flex (On Ebay)

Here is a nice Waterman 52 in red mottled or “wood grain” hard rubber. The color of the hard rubber is pretty good with some fading. The imprints are still decent. The side barrel imprint is a little worn but readable. The rest are very good. The gold-filled cap band does have some brassing on the top edge as does the ball on the clip. The lever looks very good. The cap of this pen, though matching and threading well, is likely not the original as it is just a 1mm or so short of the original, as can be seen by the slight fade line. Still, you would not notice unless you looked close. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a wet and buttery smooth F. A phenomenal writer if you like wet nibs. The flex on this was a little difficult to grade. The range is great going from F (0.4mm) to BBB (1.7mm) and responsiveness is also very good for so wet a nib, but ease of flex is decent but not amazing. Still, I deemed it good enough to grade as a “super flex” but it is on the lower end. Overall, a fantastic writer with some nice flex in a beautiful Waterman model.

SIZE:  5 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.7mm),  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