Wahl-Eversharp Skyline (Demi) – Good Flex (SOLD)

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

Here is a Skyline in the Demi size in black with a gold-filled cap. The pen is in great shape. There is some light surface scratching from normal use, but it’s mostly unnoticeable and a lot of it buffed out with some micro mesh. The gold-filled cap is also in great condition. The only two flaw I see are a couple of tiny pin pricks near the top of the cap (see pic). They are really, really small. The cap has no brassing. The lever does have some plate loss near the middle due to posting the cap. It’s a rarity to NOT find plate loss there on these pens. The 14kt. Eversharp nib is a wet XF that is buttery smooth. Eversharp was renown for the writing quality of their nibs and rightly so. And this one is no exception. The flex on this has pretty decent range going from XF to BBB (1.6mm). It’s a bit too firm to grade as a super flex. Responsiveness is decent. Flow is good. Overall, another great Skyline.

SIZE:  4 7/8″ Capped

NIB: Eversharp 14kt., XF to BBB (0.3mm-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
  • 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 Red Ripple – Super Flex (SOLD)

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

Here is a 52 1/2 V in Waterman’s lovely Red Ripple hard rubber. The red ripple hard rubber is only slightly faded and still has a lot of good color to it. The imprints on this are very crisp. Almost new looking. The gold-filled trim looks beautiful as well. There is one tiny tiny little dent on the lever box, but otherwise it’s about as good as you could wish for. No brassing whatsoever. The 14kt. Waterman #2 nib is rare one. It’s a XXXF (0.1mm!). With a light ink it’s almost illegible it’s so fine. But that also means this is a great nib for hairlines! The flex range on this isn’t massive only going up to 1.2mm, but with an XXXF starting point it hardly needs any swell to do some nice flex work. I graded it somewhere between a good and super flex mainly because it doesn’t have very large swells, but the flex comes easily enough and that XXXF tip makes is very responsive. It’s pretty smooth for so fine a nib. It’s a very unique find and will make someone very happy.

SIZE:  4 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #2, XXXF to BB (0.1mm-1.2mm), 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 12 – Super Flex (SOLD)

Waterman 12 – Super Flex  (On Ebay)

This is a Waterman 12 eyedropper in BCHR with a patent dates of 1899 and 1903. The hard rubber has faded some to a dark blackish brown. The chasing is still visible, and on the cap it still has a lot of texture. The chasing on the barrel is more worn and feels smooth in some spots. The imprints are a little worn as well but easily readable. This 12 has an accommodation clip. It’s on there pretty good, and I didn’t try and pry it off. I think this is a clipless model, but with the accommodation clip on there I can be sure. The clip is in decent condition, but does have some plate loss and wear to it. The Waterman #2 14kt. nib is a lovely, smooth writing XF. It has a beautiful stub-like quality that gives your writing a little extra character to it. It’s wet but not abundantly so, which really allows the character of the nib to come out. It’s a great writer. I really enjoyed this nib. The flex is nice as well going up pretty easily to 1.6-1.7mm (BBB). Snap back is pretty good also. As an eyedropper, the flow keeps up easily. I don’t think I had a railroad with it once. Overall, fantastic vintage eyedropper well over 100 years old.

SIZE: 5 1/2″ Capped

NIB: Waterman #3, XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.7mm),  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

Mabie Todd Swan Self Filler – Super Flex (SOLD)

Mabie Todd Swan Self Filler – Super Flex (On Ebay)

Here is a made in England Mabie Todd Swan Self-Filler in smooth (no original chasing) black hard rubber with a red-rippled hard rubber “crown” on the cap. This pen is nearly identical in size to a Waterman 52. The hard rubber has faded some to a blackish brown. The imprints are faded without a lot of texture, but they are mostly readable in good light. The gold-filled trim on the cap is in good condition with little if any brassing. There is some brassing on the bands of the body and on the edges of the lever. The 14kt. Swan #2 is a wonderful writing XF that has good flow without being a gusher. The nib feels soft and elegant. It also has some very nice flex ranging up to BBBB (1.8mm), though I usually keep it around 1.6mm. Responsiveness is also quite good and springy.

SIZE:  5 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Swan #2, F to BBB+ (0.3mm-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

Wahl-Eversharp Skyline – Good Flex (SOLD)

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

Here is a standard size Wahl-Eversharp Skyline in burgundy with a gold-filled cap. The body of the pen has some light scratching of normal use typical of these Skylines. Much of it I have buffed out with micro mesh and some polish. There are a couple of very small dings on the gold-filled cap but not plate loss. The lever does have some plate loss on the edges of the crown of the lever caused by the posting the cap. The 14kt. Eversharp nib is pure joy to write with. It is wet F / M (0.5mm) that feels buttery on paper. The Skyline design is intended to fit perfectly in the hand, and with this nib you just don’t want to put the pen down. It also has some flex ranging up to 1.8mm. Flex is a bit on the firm side due to it’s wetness, it lacks some responsiveness. I would grade it as a high “medium flex” or a low “good flex.”

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: Eversharp 14kt., F/M to BBBB (0.5mm-1.9mm) 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

Wahl-Eversharp Skyline (Demi) – Good/Super Flex (SOLD)

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

Here is a beautiful Wahl-Eversharp Skyline in Demi size. This style Skyline with the green pinstripe cap is my personal favorite. The body, derby, and pinstripes are black. The color combo with the gold accents looks sharp in my opinion. The body has only minor surface wear from normal use. No deep or obvious scratches, etc. The gold-filled trim is in great condition with only the top of the lever having just a tiny bit of plate loss from posting. The 14kt. Eversharp nib is a lovely wet writing XF. It’s a bit of a stubbish XF which adds some nice character. The flex is also quite nice ranging up to BBB (1.6mm). Ease of flex is either on the low end of super flex or the high end of “good flex.” Responsiveness is decent. It’s a beautiful Skyline in great condition.

SIZE:  4 7/8″ Capped

NIB: Eversharp 14kt., XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.6mm) GOOD/SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Excellent

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

Mabie Todd Swan Gold-Filled Ring Top – Super Flex (SOLD)

Mabie Todd Swan Gold-Filled Ring Top – Super Flex  (On Ebay)

Here is a gorgeous made in New York Mabie Todd Swan gold-filled ring top. The chasing on this pen is in great condition as is the gold-filled body in general. There is no brassing throughout the pen and only minor wear from light use. No personalizations on the barrel. And I see no dings, which is pretty rare on these gold-filled bodies. The 14kt. Mabie Todd Swan #2 nib is a lovely, smooth writing, XF on the wet side. It’s kind of unusual to have a nib write this wet and still stay within a 0.3mm line, but this nib manages it. If you like wet nibs but also fine nibs, here is the perfect marriage for you. The pen also boasts a very nice flex ranging up BBB (1.7mm). Responsiveness is very good. It’s overall a good, solid “super flex.” This is a great, portable, durable vintage flex pen in superb condition.

SIZE: 3 7/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Swan #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 thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • 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