Wet Noodles

How To Buy

Typically, I sell my pens on Ebay, however, occasionally I acquire pens that are just too valuable to sell in that format. Some may eventually find their way to Ebay. Some will not. I do my best to come up with a fair price, but pricing vintage pens is very difficult. If you are interested in buying one of these pens simply email me at dannystr78@gmail.com. I will send you a Paypal invoice, at which time you have 2 days to pay. Shipping is $8.95 within the U.S. I charge my cost for international shipping, and I generally give the buyer his/ her choice of options. Pens will ship within 2 business days of payment. My normal refund policy applies. All pens come with a 1 year guarantee. If you feel I have not described the pen well or are unhappy with my restoration work, you may return for full refund. Buyer pays return shipping.


 

Parker Lucky Curve Jack Knife #20 – Wet Noodle

Here is the Parker Lucky Curve Jack Knife #20. These early Parkers are longer and more slender than the Duofold models and were titled as “Safety” pens since they had a screw on cap. This Jack Knife is made of hard rubber and still retains it’s dark, black color. Imprints are a little worn but still readable. The nickel clip has some wear to the edges but otherwise in good shape. The 14kt. Parker Lucky Curve nib has the tiniest coming out of the top of right curve of the heart-shaped breather hole (looking at it from a writing position). I almost missed it, it is so small. You can just barely make it out in the picture. I debated whether to send this off to get welded shut and decided that it just wasn’t cost effective (i.e. a lot of money for something that isn’t a great concern). This spot on the breather hole is the least concerning of all cracks, and this one is miniscule. I know cracks scare a lot of people, but they are quite common in flex nibs due to their thinner profile. I have a whole pile of cracked nibs and have used some of them frequently for years. So long as you don’t over flex (something you shouldn’t do even if there isn’t a crack), the crack remains quite stable. So back to the nib….it’s wonderful, wet noodle soft nib. Normally, it writes as a wet F (0.4mm). It’s soft enough, however, that even slight pressure causes movement in the tines and so isn’t the most pleasant writer. The flex, though, is amazing. While the range isn’t massive (F to BB / 1.5mm), the responsiveness is approaching dip nib quality. It is really quite exceptional. It’s the kind of nib that you could easily add flex to your normal cursive writing without using hardly any extra pressure but also without having to worry about things getting too wet and blobby.  The flex is just clean and crisp. 

PRICE: $339.99

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. #2 Parker Lucky Curve, F to BB (0.4mm-1.5mm), WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Button Filler

CONDITION: Good

Restration Work:

  • Pen (barrel, section, nib, feed, & cap) thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Nib polished. It already wrote fantastic.
  • Trim cleaned and polished
  • New sac 
  • New pressure bar
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

 

Waterman 412 Sterling Silver Filigree – Wet Noodle

Here is the classic Waterman 12 with a beautiful sterling sliver filigree overlay (thus the “4” in “412”). The hard rubber underneath the overlay is still very dark and black or nearly black. There are some small dings on the top of the cap, and the ball of the clip is missing. Otherwise, the overall is in very good condition with only light scratches. There is also no personalization on the body. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a wonderfully wet XF. It’s soft and smooth and just about everything you could want in a vintage nib. That includes flex, which this nib has plenty of. With light pressure this XF goes up to BBB (1.8mm), and the feed has no issues keeping up. Responsiveness is also impressive for a wet eyedropper. Overall, this is a fantastic specimen of all that was right with vintage Waterman eyedroppers. 

PRICE: $459.99

SIZE:  5 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XF to BBB (0.2mm-1.8mm),  WET NOODLE (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
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned, heat set, and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

 

 

Mabie Todd Swan with Over/Under Feed – Wet Noodle

This is a made in England Mabie Todd Swan eye dropper with an ebonite over/ under feed and comes with a “Swan” metal pocket sleeve. The pocket sleeves allowed one the ability to bring along their eye dropper without having to worry about the cap slipping off. The pen itself is clearly well used. It’s faded to a dark brown and most of the imprints are worn off. This is a no frills Swan eyedropper. Just a plain black hard rubber body. The 14kt. #2 Swan nib is just amazing. There was a crack in it’s base that I had welded by Greg Minuskin. Normally, this nib writes as smooth and very soft XF (0.3mm). Flow is just about perfect, not too wet, not too dry. And the flex is sublime. This is near paintbrush soft but retains just enough resistance to allow for some phenomenal responsiveness. Many of these over/under eyedroppers just aren’t that usable for anything other than flex, but this one is a great writer and a great flex pen. Feed has no issues keeping up. An eyedropper means you can fill with plenty of ink. And the Swan metal pocket sleeve means you can take it with you. 

PRICE: $399.99

SIZE:  5 3/16″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Mabie Todd “Swan” #2 , XF to BBB (0.3mm – 1.9mm)  WET NOODLE

FILLING: Eye Dropper

CONDITION: Good 

Restration Work:

  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned, heat set, and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Base crack on nib welded 

 

Waterman 22 – Wet Noodle

The Waterman 22 was made with a tapered cap that was meant to be posted to give the balance and feel of dipped pen. These tend to be fairly fragile due to the how thin the hard rubber is on the cap and section. This one survived quite well save for one blemish. The cap had a dreaded crack and the lip was slightly chipped. I trimmed the lip just enough to make the chip disappear and filled the crack with a glue made for bonding hard rubber. The glue is dyed black, but this pen’s hard rubber has faded some to a dark brown, so the glue does not blend in perfectly. But if it was black you would see it, and even as it is if you didn’t know it was glue you would just assume the rubber didn’t fade as much in that area. The point being that the crack is no longer a functional issue (it’s probably now the least likely spot on the cap to crack), but it is small cosmetic one. This 22 comes with two gold-filled repousse bands, which are in lovely shape. The original imprints are still mostly readable, but do have some wear. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a fantastic wet noodle that writes normally as a wet XF. It is smooth, though it does require a soft touch. And due to that softness the tines do have a little trouble staying in line. In other words, this is best used as a dedicated flex pen than a daily writer. Range of flex is very nice going from XF to BBB (0.3mm to 1.6mm). The feed is abundantly wet, so the responsiveness can suffer a little when you first start flexing, especially if your ink is getting low. It’s one of the 22s that made it, and it’s a lovely noodle to boot. 

PRICE: $379.99

SIZE:  5 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.7mm)  WET NOODLE (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, heat set, and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Trim cleaned and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

 

 

SOLD PENS


Waterman 52 1/2 Red Ripple – Wet Noodle (SOLD)

This Waterman 52 1/2 red ripple is in great overall condition. The red ripple hard rubber is only slightly faded and has good color overall. The imprints are also good and crisp. The gold-filled trim looks fantastic overall with just the slightest bit of brassing on part of the top edge of the cap band. Otherwise, there is only some slight scratching from use. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a very interesting nib. It writes almost like an XF italic (0.4mm). The tipping is getting low, so this grind may not be original. Regardless, it is a lovely nib to use. With very light pressure it flexes easily enough for me to grade it as a wet noodle. The responsiveness is also very good and it ranges from 0.4mm to BB (1.5mm). There is just a tiny bit of a bend in the tines which I wasn’t able to pick up in the pics, and you can only see when the light hits it just right. It does not affect the nib’s performance, however. 

SOLD

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XF Stub to BB (0.4mm-1.5mm)  WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Good

 

Waterman 0512 1/2 Night & Day – Wet Noodle (SOLD)

Waterman 0512 1/2 Night & Day  – Wet Noodle 

Here is a rare pen. The barrel imprint is faded, but the size is a Waterman 12 1/2, or the thinline model of the 12. Since it has a 9kt. gold overlay, the numbering would 0512 1/2. And not just any overlay, but the coveted “Night & Day” overlay. Overall, this pen is in great condition. The overlay is free of brassing, but does have a some light surface scratching from use. The original “F.D.W. 375″ hallmarks remain (marking it a genuine Waterman with a 9kt. factory overlay), and there is a personalized inscription. There is a crack in part of the overlay near the section (see pic). The hard rubber has faded some, but still looks black unless it is in direct sunlight. The 12 1/2 is a thin pen. It measures at 4 5/8” long and is about the thinness of a #2 pencil. The definitely has the original 14kt. Waterman #2. It’s a wet writing that requires a very soft touch due to the ease with which it flexes. This is a paintbrush or near paintbrush wet noodle. The range of flex is from XF to BBB (0.3mm to 1.7mm) and comes with minimal pressure. The feed is extremely wet, so no fears of railroading, but that wetness combined with the “noodliness” of the nib does effect some of it’s responsiveness, which is common in nibs this soft. This one is for collectors and flex users alike.  

PRICE: $499.99

SIZE:  4 5/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.7mm)  WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Eyedropper

CONDITION: Excellent

Restration Work:

  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned, heat set, and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Trim cleaned and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

 

Waterman 52 Red Ripple – XXF Wet Noodle

This Waterman 52 red ripple looks like it was made for the European market. It has all nickel trim, uncommon in the US for a red ripple, but very common in Europe. As well as a Waterman accessory clip added post factory to a clipless 52. The red ripple hard rubber is in excellent condition showing very little fading and maintaining a fairly glossy appearance. The accommodation clip has some light scratching throughout a tiny spots of plate loss throughout, but overall still looks great. The nickel filled lever is the later tab lever (vs. the older Ideal globe lever) signaling that this was a later 52. The “Waterman” imprint which is still quite readable, is also similar to the imprints found on the celluloid Watermans of the 40s. The lip of the cap was trimmed off. This could be because it had a crack in it, but considering how good the pen looks it is also possible that this was done for aesthetic reasons (not that uncommon for Watermans in the European market). Regardless it was clearly professionally done. As to the nib, just wow. This is a long-tined beauty with ultra soft flex. Normally it writes as a fairly wet XXF. That is, wet for an XXF. It has a little feedback, as you would expect of an XXF, that is not unpleasant. The flex is near paintbrush and softly expands to BB (1.5mm) swells. Responsiveness of this nib is good, but due to it’s noodlely softness it does loose a little of the snap back. Still, an XXF wet noodle is a hot commodity. 

PRICE: $499.99

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XXF to BBB (0.2mm-1.5mm) 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, heat set, and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Trim cleaned and polished
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

 

 

Waterman 7 Red Ripple “PINK” Nib – Wet Noodle (SOLD)

 

Waterman 7 Red Ripple “PINK” Nib – Wet Noodle

Here is the legendary Waterman 7 in red ripple hard rubber. I mistakenly called this a 55 in the writing sample because the cap lacks a color coded band. The 55s were for the most part the earlier twin of the 7 minus the color coded band. Therefore, this is likely a “PINK” 7 with a replacement 55 cap. Brassing and wear patterns are pretty uniform throughout the pen, so I assume it was an early switch. Waterman also made a late 7 without any band, and if that is the case, then the nib would be the later additional upgrade. In either case, it’s a Waterman 7 or equivalent. The hard rubber is a little faded. More so on the cap than on the barrel. The imprints are pretty worn and only partially readable. There are some decent brassing spots on the clip as well as on the cap band. The lever has some brassing on the edges and some pitting. But this pen is all about the nib. As you may know not all “PINK” nibs live up to their reputation, and some are down right disappointing. This nib however is not one of those. This PINK is  the best all around vintage flex I have ever used. It is needlepoint fine, ultra soft, and phenomenally responsive. Normally, it writes as a delicate, bouncy XXF. Range of flex is superb going from XXF to BBBB (1.9mm), but you only need a tiny amounts of flex and tiny amounts of pressure to make this nib shine. There are some blemishes on the nib as you can see in the picture. There is also a very fine…I’m not sure what to call it. I hate to say crack, because it is only a surface crack around the “Made In…” imprint. It does not go through the underside of the nib, and in fact looks more shallow than the imprint. In other words, other than a blemish you can spot with a jewelers loupe it is of no real concern. If I didn’t tell you it was there, you probably would never have seen it. I know the price on this is high, and you may reasonably ask if it is worth it. And my answer is simply, I can’t part with it for less. Normally, I test run the pens for a week or so, but I’ll be test running this one until it is purchased. Maybe if I’m lucky, I’ll be test running it a very long time.

SOLD

SIZE:  5 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #7 “PINK”,  XXF to BBBB (0.2mm-1.9mm)  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, heat set, and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Trim cleaned and polished
  • Test driven for until sold to insure quality 

Wahl Vest Pen – Wet Noodle (SOLD)

Here is a Wahl vest pen in BCHR and with the roller ball clip. The hard rubber is still very black with only a little fading. The chasing looks decent with some texture left, but obviously from the close ups you can see a lot of surface marks. To the naked eye, this just gives the pen a matte look. There is some brassing on the cap band and at the crown of the lever. Other than a little brassing on the ball, the clip looks pretty clean. There is an inscription on the side to “C.E. Brahm” the great composer, so this pen is worth a fortune. Just kidding. No idea who he is. The 14kt. Wahl #2 is a soft XF (0.3mm) that has that elegant feel a long tined nib gives you. The nib flexes with ease going up to BB (1.3mm). While that isn’t a huge range, you don’t need it because the snapback on this nib is sublime. In the far right of the writing sample, all the flex is done within a 5mm height. It would be perfect nib for drawing or calligraphy. SOLD

SIZE:  4 1/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Wahl #2, XF to BB (0.3mm-1.3mm)  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, heat set, and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Trim cleaned and polished
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

 


 

 

Conklin Crescent 25PWet Noodle (SOLD)

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Here is a beautiful little Conklin Crescent model 25P. The hard rubber is still pretty black with very little fading. There chasing on the body is fairly with little texture, though chasing is mostly visible. The imprints on the middle of the barrel are mostly readable but they do have some wear. The imprints on the end of the barrel are nice and crisp. There is one tiny spot on the very top of the crescent wear the gold-filling has worn off. Otherwise, both the crescent and cap band have no brassing. The band does show some light scratching from use.  The 14kt. Conklin #2 nib writes normally as a very wet medium (0.6mm). The nib is stub like with some line variation between vertical and horizontal strokes. The flex comes very easily. Not paintbrush easy, but quite little pressure. For the most part the feed keeps up, but it can railroad here and there. The flex ranges up to BBBB (1.9mm), which is pretty hugs as flex goes. A really great Conklin. 

SOLD

SIZE:  4 1/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Conklin #2, M to BBBB (0.6mm-1.9mm), WET NOODLE

FILLING: Crescent filler

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
  • Sac replaced
  • Trim cleaned and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 52 – Wet Noodle(SOLD)

Waterman 52  – Wet Noodle 

Here is the iconic Waterman 52 in superb, almost like new BCHR. The color on this 52 is still jet black. Chasing is beautifully crisp. The imprints pop out of the barrel. The nickel-filled trim is good condition as well. a little wear around the clip rivets. The only flaw of this pen is that the lever sticks out of the barrel just slightly. This is because the lever box is slightly raised in the middle (see pics), which likely happened when someone tried to pull the lever with a solidified ink sac in it. There are no cracks in the lever box, and of course it all looks a lot more obviously zoomed in than to the naked eye. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is delightful. It’s an XF (0.3mm), but with an italic like line variation. Just normal writing with this pen is fantastic. The flex on this nib comes easily and the responsiveness is superb. The range of flex is also superlative going from XF to BBB (1.8mm). If it weren’t for that little hump in the lever box, I’d grade this Near Mint because everything else besides is. 

SOLD

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.8mm)  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, heat set, and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Trim cleaned and polished
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

 

Waterman 5 “BROWN” Nib – Super Flex (SOLD)

Waterman 5 “BROWN” – Super Flex

Here is a Waterman 5 “BROWN” in black celluloid and gold-filled trim. If you don’t know, in the late 1920s  Waterman created a color code for their 5 and 7 line of pens. The 5 and 7 are essentially the replacing the 55 and 56. In the original coding “Brown” nibs were just the “Fine” nib, but around 1929 the codes changed and “Brown” became the “Fine Flex” nib. In my experience, Brown flex nibs are much more common than say the very rare “Black” flex nib, but also less common than the Red or Pink flex nib. This Waterman 5 is in good condition. There is light scratching on the body but it is still a glossy black. There is little bit of brassing on the band, but it is not significant. The clip and lever look pretty good with only light scratching. Imprints are great, and the nib matches the color on the end of the barrel. The 14kt. Waterman BROWN keyhole nib is a great nib. It is generally not quite as flexible as the Pink, but I would say better than the Red due to it being a F or what we would say is “XF.” The flex really is nice. Great responsiveness, great flow, and flexes with very little pressure from 0.3mm to BBB. Normally, it writes as a wet and smooth XF with just a hint of feedback.  

SOLD

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman BROWN, XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.7mm) 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, heat set, and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Trim cleaned and polished
  • New sac installed

 

Mabie Todd Swan with Over/Under Feed – Wet Noodle (SOLD)

This Mabie Todd Swan is an early, turn of the century eye dropper with an ebonite over/ under feed. This Swan is about the girth of a pencil. It is in fantastic condition for a 100 plus year old pen. The color is still jet black with the original shine on the hard rubber. Chasing is good with plenty of the original texture. The imprints are also crisp and easily readable. This is a deluxe model with solid 18 kt. gold bands. The solid gold bands do have some light surface scratching as is expected being 18kt. gold. With it comes an original Swan eyedropper and pen box, though the box is not original to this pen as it’s a “Self-Filing” box. But I found the pen with this box in the “wild,” so I’ll pass it along to the buyer. Now to this wonderful juicy nib. This 14kt. Swan nib is a ultra-soft, genuine wet noodle. This is an oh so near paintbrush noodle. For normal writing, I would not recommend it. It does have a sweet spot that is smooth, but it’s not very big or forgiving. Plus, the tines separate with the slightest pressure. And it is wet like a lot of these eyedroppers. Remember, their forebearers were the dip nib, so there was wet and really wet. This is really wet. Range of flex is superb going easily from F (0.4mm) to BBB+ (1.8mm). The responsiveness for a nib this soft is impressive. For such a wet writer, it can railroad occasionally. It railroaded on me once during the writing sample, but if you did a bunch of flex as fast as you can (not recommended by the way) it will railroad. It’s a Swan in superb condition with 18kt. bands and a stellar noodle nib. 

SOLD

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Mabie Todd “Swan”, F to BBB+ (0.4mm-1.8mm)  WET NOODLE

FILLING: Eye Dropper

CONDITION: Excellent

Restration Work:

  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned, heat set, and adjusted for optimal flow
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

 

Wahl-Eversharp Ring Top – Wet Noodle

OMAS 555 S – Good Flex (Near Mint)- SOLD

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Omas 555 S – Good Flex 

This is a late 80s Omas 555 S complete with original box and warranty book. The pen looks to have hardly been used. There is little to no signs of wear, scratching, plate loss, in short it is in near mint condition. Omas is well known for its quality and this pen is no exception. Omas is also well known for having fairly stiff pistons, and this pen is no exception. So I greased up the piston to make it nice and smooth. The 14kt. nib is what you would expect of an Omas Fine, wet and beatifully smooth. The flex on this nib comes quite easily and ranges from 0.4mm (F) to BB (1.5mm). It isn’t quite responsive enough to be graded “super flex,” but there is something about the smooth action of this nib that makes flexing with it pure pleasure. This would be a great all around pen. Great at everyday writing with some lovely, pleasurable flex.

SOLD

SIZE: 5″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Omas, F to BB (0.4mm-1.5mm)  Good Flex (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade Flex)

FILLING: Piston

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
  • Piston greased for smooth action
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Conklin Vest Pen – Super Flex (SOLD)

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Conklin Vest Pen – Super Flex

Here is a really nice vintage Conklin in a vest pen size. The pen is very similar to the Endura of the same size, but it is not marked Endura. It is in really great shape. The black hard rubber has almost no fading. The pin stripe chasing is still crisp as are the imprints. There is some small scratches here and there on the hard rubber body but they are very light and not very noticeable. The gold-filled trim also looks great. The made in Toledo Conklin #2 nib is a quality 14kt. gold beauty. It writes normally as a an XF. The flow keeps up perfectly but it is not the very wet flow typical of this era. It is smooth, not buttery, but smooth. It flexes nicely up to BBB (1.7mm) and has good responsiveness. Overall, a great little vintage pen.   

SOLD

SIZE:  4 1/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Conklin #2, XF to BB (0.3mm-1.7mm), SUPER FLEX

FILLING: Lever

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
  • Sac replaced
  • Trim cleaned and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Wahl-Eversharp Sapphire Ring Top – Wet Noodle (SOLD!)

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Here is a stunning Wahl-Eversharp Sapphire Ring Top. The pen is in overall beautiful condition. The gold-filled trim has minimal wear. Please remember that the pictures are ultra-zoomed and picking up flaws not detectable to the naked eye. The body still has great color, and only surface scratching typical of normal use. Additionally, this ring top is suited with a superbly soft 14kt. Wahl #3 nib. Normally, this nib writes as a XF / F (0.3mm-0.4mm). That is, with ultra light soft strokes, it’s a wet, glassy smooth XF. But add the slightest bit of pressure and the tines with split to a F. Often when tines are this soft they don’t make good normal writers, but this is soft and buttery regardless of the pressure you apply. The range of flex is wonderful going up to BBB+ (1.9mm!). The flow keeps up well, and the responsiveness is still quite good for a nib this soft. If you are looking for a pen in this size, I’m not sure what more you could ask for. It’s beautiful, superb craftsmanship, and equipped with a superior all around nib.

SOLD

SIZE: 4 3/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Wahl #3, XF/F (0.3mm-0.4mm) – BBB+ (1.9mm) – Wet Noodle

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Excellent

Restoration Work:

  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned, heat set, and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Sac replaced
  • Trim and body cleaned and polished
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

 

Waterman 52 (Wood Grain) – Wet Noodle (Ultra Responsive) SOLD!

This Waterman 52 comes in the red mottled or wood grain hard rubber. The color is still very nice on this pen with only minimal fading. The gold-filled trim still looks very nice. You can obviously see it has some wear in the zoomed up pictures, but it is all much less obvious to the naked eye. Imprints on the red/black hard rubber models are really difficult to read, and this one still has imprints that definitely have some fading but in the right light and with good eyesight you can still read them. Only the globe in the center is mostly worn off. There are some very, very light teeth marks on the top of the cap. Honestly, I didn’t even see them until I noticed them in the picture. The 14kt. Waterman #2 on this pen is a gem. Many people define “wet noodle” in terms of quantity of flex (it goes BBBB++++) or ease of flex (paintbrush like), but I grade flex on quality of flex. So though this nib is very soft, it’s not uber soft. It’s something much better. It is ultra responsive, approaching dip nib kind of responsiveness. Just look at that crisp flex action in the pictures. Normally, this pen writes as a nice and smooth XXF/XF (0.25mm). It’s not glass, but you don’t expect that from an XXF. Range of flex is great going up to BBB (1.8mm with ease). The flow keeps up well, but that snap back is just spectacular. Notice the detail flex lettering done within a 5mm space! This 52 is in a beautiful, classic style. In good condition with good color, and a superb nib. 

SOLD

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XXF to BBB (0.25mm-1.8mm) 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, heat set, and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Trim cleaned and polished
  • New sac installed

Waterman 12 (XXF) – Wet Noodle (SOLD)

Here is the classic Waterman 12 in chased hard rubber with gold-filled repousse bands on the barrel. The black body has faded some to a dark brown. The chasing is in very nice condition with plenty of texture still left. The imprints still look almost new. The gold bands look untouched with very little signs of wear. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a superb nib. Normally, it writes as soft XXF, which is fairly smooth for so fine a nib. But this nib is soft. Soft enough that normal writing needs a light hand or you will start to flex the tines. This is quite paintbrush soft, but it is nearly there. Remarkably, this nib also has very good snapback, which is not that common for so soft a nib. The range is also superb going from XXF (0.2mm) to a plentiful BBB (1.7mm). 

PRICE: SOLD

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XXF to BBB (0.2mm-1.7mm),  WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Eyedropper

CONDITION: Excellent

Restration Work:

  • Pen (barrel, section, nib, feed, & cap) thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned, heat set, and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 52 – Wet Noodle (Artist Nib) – (SOLD)

Waterman 52 – Wet Noodle (Artist Nib)

Here is a clip less (no original clip)made in Canada Waterman 52 with gold filled bands and lever in BCHR. The hard rubber on this pen has browned to a dark brown on the barrel. More of a blackish brown still on the cap. The chasing on the barrel is almost completely worn away. There is still some texture left on the cap. The gold-filled trim is in decent shape. The bands looks pretty good with only minor scratching. They also have the “FDW” markings as well as “9-375” showing that they are factory bands. The lever obviously has some scrapes. The imprints are mostly worn off and are just slightly visible. But this pen is all about the nib, and what a nib it is. This is an XXXF (0.1mm) to BBB (1.6mm) flex nib. The single most sought after style of flex nib there is. Waterman did make an “Artist Nib,” and while they didn’t mark them, and I cannot say for sure that is what this is, for all intents and purposes that is how it performs. This 14kt. Waterman #2 is an ultra fine 0.1mm nib. Writing normally it is actually pretty smooth. You could easily use this as an every day writer should you like such a fine nib. And the flex on this nib is superb. This isn’t a paintbrush soft wet noodle. The quality of this nib is in the precision of the flex. It has great flow and that flow is coupled with fantastic snapback and responsiveness. It is approaching a dip nib kind of feel. I’m decent with a flex nib, but I’m only scratching the surface of what this nib is capable of. This is the nib you’ve been looking for, but I’m happy to keep it with me in the meantime. 

SOLD

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XXXF to BBBB+ (0.1mm-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, heat set, and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Trim cleaned and polished
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

 

Waterman 12 PSF – Wet Noodle (Italic) – SOLD

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Waterman 12 PSF – Wet Noodle (Italic)

Here is a clip less (no original clip) Waterman 12 PSF. These are the predecessor to the 52 and identical to it (so ignore the mistaken identity in the pic…sorry!). This one comes in black chased hard rubber. The chasing on this nib is still decent. The texture on the barrel has smoothed out but it is still visible. The cap chasing is still quite crisp. The imprints are all quite good. The nickel-filled lever is also in pretty good condition with only light wear from use. But who are we kidding, this pen is all about the nib. And the nib! It is a 14kt. Waterman #2 italic. This nib is more crisp than a typical stub. Perhaps, you can call it a cursive italic. The vertical stroke is around 0.5mm, so getting this kind of line variation in such a fine nib is just spectacular. If you’ve never used a stub or italic, this is probably not for you. The flex on this nib is wet, easy and huge ranging all the way to 2.1mm! An italic wet noodle is makes for some superb, crisp flex work. It’s also a very rare combo. This one likely won’t last long. Just a fantastic vintage pen that will spoil you forever.

SOLD

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, Fine Italic to BBBB+ (0.5mm-2.1mm) 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
  • New sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality