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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 [email protected] I will send you a Paypal invoice, at which time you have 2 days to pay. Shipping is $7.95 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. 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.

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Harris H. Freeman Eyedropper – Wet Noodle

There is a common misconception among fountain pen enthusiasts that an “off” brand or an unbranded vintage pen is inferior to, say, a Waterman eyedropper. That of course is always a possibility, but there are many, many beautiful, high quality vintage pens without a top brand printed on their side. Especially of the early era of eyedroppers. This BCHR eyedropper is from the Harris H. Freeman company of Albion, N.Y. and has a “Penanink” nib. I I was not able to track anything down on this company, but it comes with the original box that has a pen repair price list from the Waterman Co, in N.Y. Very possibly this pen was made by Waterman for H.H. Freeman Co. In any case, it has every bit the quality of a Waterman 12 and is almost identical. The BCHR is black with almost no signs of fading. The chasing is crisp. The pen looks almost brand new. The side has the imprint “The H.H.F.” after “Harris H. Freeman” I assume. The 14kt. “Penanink” nib is a phenomenal wet noodle. It writes normally as an XXF with a little feedback. Ease of flex is fantastic softly ranging up to 1.7mm with little pressure. I wouldn’t say it’s quite paintbrush soft, but it is getting close. Responsiveness is what sets this nib apart as the snap back is just phenomenal. This is nearing what you get out of a dip nib. This nib is just about everything you could want in a “wet noodle” and it comes in a “near mint” early 1900s eyedropper.

PRICE: $569.99

SIZE:  5″ Capped

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

FILLING: Eyedropper

CONDITION: Near Mint

Restration Work:

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

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Waterman 7 “Red” Nib – Super Flex / Wet Noodle  

Here is the iconic Waterman 7 in Red Ripple with the highly sought after and great all around “Red” nib. The red ripple hard rubber body on this pen is in nice condition. Very little fading can be seen. Side imprints are worn pretty smooth and mostly unreadable, though the “7” on the end of the barrel is still crisp. The gold-filled trim definitely has some wear. The clip looks pretty good with just a bit of brassing on the ball. The cap band has brassing on the top edge otherwise it looks good. And the lever looks like it was scuffed pretty good at some point in it’s life. The “Red” nib is the most well rounded nib of the 7’s offerings. It is usually a superb F with nice flex. This nib is a beautiful writer, wet and smooth, and just everything you want in a vintage nib. The flex I graded as “Super Flex” but is really on the border of Wet Noodle. Flex comes easily, is plenty wet, and has a large range going from F (0.4mm) to BBB (1.7mm). These 7s are a hot commodity with great resale value, and they really are great pens.

SOLD

SIZE:  4 7/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.7mm),  WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Lever

CONDITION: Good

Restration Work:

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

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Waterman 12 – Wet NoodleHere is the classic Waterman 12 in chased hard rubber. The black body has faded some to a dark brown. The chasing is visible with texture but is a bit worn. The imprints still look almost new. The 14kt. Waterman #2 is a rather oblique (left tine tipping is longer than the right). This makes for an italic like quality to your writing, but it’s also got some feedback. Tipping is a bit low, but it has enough to last plenty more years. The flex on this nib is quite good ranging from F (0.4mm) to BBB (1.8mm). Ease of flex I would grade as on the lower end of a wet noodle. I wouldn’t recommend this one to the newbie as the oblique nib takes some getting used to, but it can deliver some rewarding results. SOLD

SIZE:  4 7/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, M to BBBB (0.4mm-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
  • New Ink sac installed
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 55 Wood Grain – Wet Noodle

Here is a Waterman 55 in incredible condition. The 55 is significantly larger than the 52. It’s about the size of a Waterman 7. The wood grain hard rubber is in amazing condition with no signs of fading and almost as shiny as new. It’s a real treat to find one in this good of condition. The gold-filled trim shows a bit of wear but no brassing. It lacks the gold-filled band around the bottom edge of the cap typical of the wood grains and red ripples. I don’t think I’d say this is a rare feature, but it’s certainly uncommon. The imprints are good and are fairly easily readable. Then there is the nib. The 14kt. Waterman #5 is a stunner. It’s a wet F (0.5mm) that is smooth and soft. It also has so huge flex going easily up to BBBB (2.1mm)! It’s not quite a paintbrush, but it’s soft enough that it can be easily over-flexed, so use some care if you are new to the flex experience. Overall, this is just a gem of a pen. A worthy writer, a wonderful collector’s item, and superb flex pen. SOLD

SIZE:  5 1/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, F to BBBB (0.5mm-2.1mm),  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

Wahl Lapis Blue Ring Top / “Flexible” Nib – Super Flex / Wet Noodle (See Price Here)

Here is a beautiful Wahl ring top in the stunning Lapis Lazuli blue. The pen is in great overall condition. The lapis blue is still very nice with little to no fading, and the black on the ends still looks new.  There are some very light surface wear that you see with normal use, but you won’t notice it unless you look very close. The gold-filled trim is also in nice condition. There is only some very, very minor brassing on the edges of the lever. The 14kt. Eversharp “Flexible” #2 nib is a lovely soft nib that writes around a 0.25mm line, so between an XXF and an XF. The fine line makes flex work even more beautiful. Ease of flex is right in between “Super Flex” and “Wet Noodle,” so high end “Super Flex” or low end “Wet Noodle.” Range of flex goes from 0.25mm to 1.7mm, so there’s a lot of line to work with. Overall, a stunning Wahl Ring Top with top notch flex.

PRICE: $339.99

SIZE:  4 3/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Eversharp “Flexible” #2, XXF/XF to BBB (0.25mm-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
  • Trim cleaned and polished
  • New ink sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Omas Extra (Oversized) – Super Flex  (SOLD)

Here is a vintage piston-filled Omas Extra. It’s 146mm long capped, or about 5 3/4”, and the barrel diameter is over 13mm. It is almost identical in size and style to the modern Omas Ogiva. The black celluloid looks great with only very minor surface scratches from normal use. I have replaced the piston seal which was no longer working, and it holds a lot of ink. The gold-filled trim is in great condition. The 14kt. Omas nib is really lovely. It is somehow a beautifully smooth XXF (0.2mm) with just a hind of feedback, which would be expected of so fine a nib. The flex comes pretty easy and has some nice range going up to BB (1.6mm), which is much larger than you will likely need to use as the super fine nature of the nib combines wonderfully with a sharp snap back that makes this a very responsive and crispy flex writer. This is the pen that the modern Omas’ want to be.

SOLD

SIZE:  5 3/4″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Omas, XXF to BB (0.2mm-1.6mm)  SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Piston Filler

CONDITION: Excellent

Restration Work:

  • Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
  • Pen cap and body polished
  • Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
  • Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned and adjusted for optimal flow
  • Piston lubricated
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Wahl Gold-Filled Ring Top – Wet Noodle (SOLD)

Here is a gorgeous Wahl gold-filled ring top with a Wahl #2 nib. The light wear on this pen is just what would be expected from normal use. There is some scuffing of body near the section from threading the cap on and off as well as some on the barrel end from posting the cap. There is a scratch on the bottom of the barrel near the section that actually goes into the threads on the section (see pics). The Wahl #2 nib is a rare XXF with fantastic flex ability. The 0.2mm ultra fine nib does have a bit of a scratch for normal writing as would be expected, and it flexes with ease up to BBB (1.7mm). The ease of flex is not paintbrush like. There is more control to it than that. The super fine point also allows this nib to feel wonderfully responsive. If you are looking for big, sloppy flex, this isn’t the nib. If you are looking for precision flex, this is it. This nib is worth more than the body. It is an “artist” like nib in the ultra portable and durable body of gold-filled ring top.

SOLD

SIZE:  4 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Wahl #2, XXF to BBB (0.2mm-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
  • Trim cleaned and polished
  • New ink sac installed
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 12 1/2 V.S. – Wet Noodle (SOLD)

Waterman 12 1/2 V.S – Wet Noodle  

Here is a very special pen. It’s a Waterman 12 1/2 safety pen in near mint condition. If you don’t what a safety pen is, I recommend you look it up before considering purchasing. It has a very unique filling system. This one is restored with new cork seals. The pen is nearly as shiny black as the day it was purchased and imprints are also near perfect with little to no signs of wear.
On top of the impressive pen is an even more impressive nib. This is a artist like wet noodle with an XXF point. It functions about as close as you can find to a dip nib. Normally, it writes as an XXF (0.2mm), but really you aren’t going to want to use it for normal writing. The soft flex and ultra fine point combine to make this rather scratchy. For flexing, you can’t find better. This isn’t meant to be the paintbrush noodle, but rather the precision flex needed for high quality artistry.The swells top out around 1.5mm with ultra responsive action. I would not advise this pen for beginners unless you are ready to put in the careful work to learn how to use it well. A safety pen in this condition combined with one of the most sought after vintage nib styles is a rare treat. I’m having hard time even wanting to sell this one. SOLD

SIZE:  4 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XXF to BB (0.2mm-1.5mm),  WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Safety Pen Eyedropper

CONDITION: Near Mint

Restration Work:

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

Omas Extra – Super Flex / Wet Noodle  

Here is a vintage Omas Extra in black celluloid. It has the trademark Omas band and roller clip. I love the way Omas celluloid feels in the hand. It’s hard to explain, but this pen is no different and has the classic Omas feel. The body has light surface scratches from normal use. The gold-filled trim looks pretty good, but does have some brassing/ pitting on the lever, and a bit on the edges of the clip and band. The 14kt.Omas Extra nib is wonderful. It writes as a very wet XF/F. It has a buttery smooth sweet spot and is quite wet as typical for Omas. The flex is also lovely coming very easily with outstanding range and nice snap back. I would label this flex as somewhere between the higher side of “super flex” and the lower side of “wet noodle.” It’s a high quality flex nib on classic Italian pen. SOLD

SIZE: 4 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Omas Extra, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.9mm)  SUPER FLEX/WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade Flex)

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
  • Test driven for a week to insure quality

Waterman 52 – Wet Noodle

This is a very nice example of a Waterman 52 in BCHR. It has near mint level of chasing and imprints. Virtually no signs of wear. It does, however, have some fading to the hard rubber. It’s mostly a dark blackish color with some browning fades. Most people would look at it and say it’s black though. There is a completely unfaded ring on the barrel where a price tag remained for a long while. This probably sat in a shop display unused for many, many years. The nickel trim looks good. Very little signs of use there either. Most impressive of all is the 14kt. Waterman #2 nib that is a highly coveted XXF wet noodle. This isn’t near paintbrush soft noodle. In fact, ease of flex is more like a “super flex” grade. But it has a superbly responsive, dip nib like flex. The range is very good going up to BBB, but you don’t need swells very high at all to achieve some quality flex work. It is also a very pleasant writing XXF that is “wet” and smooth for a XXF. This is a nib you could use for everything from normal writing on poor paper to calligraphy to adding flair to signatures. And in a condition that is very difficult to find in Waterman 52s. SOLD

SIZE:  5 3/8″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #2, XXF to BBB (0.2mm-1.8mm),  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 52 1/2 BCHR – Wet Noodle

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. SOLD

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 7 “RED” Red Ripple – Super Flex  (See Price Here)

This is the iconic Waterman 7 Red Ripple color coded “RED,” which is generally considered the best all around nib of the Waterman 7 series. There is some light fading of the hard rubber, but it still has mostly good color. The gold-filled trim looks good, but there is some brassing on the top edge of the band and some scuffing on the crown of the lever. Also the lever sticks up from the body slightly. The “Red” band on the cap is now more of a dark maroon. Imprints are still quite good. The cap threads on with only a quarter turn. The 14kt. #7 Waterman “RED” nib is a wet and smooth XF (0.3mm) which feels great in so large a pen. The flex is also good. A solid “super flex” as is typical of RED nibs. It ranges up to BBB and has good snap back. Overall, it’s a Waterman 7 RED, a pen synonymous with classic vintage style and superb quality.

SIZE:  5 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. #7 Waterman “RED”, XF to BBB (0.3mm-1.8mm), 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

Mabie Todd Swan Self-Filler #3161 – Wet Noodle (See Price Here)

Here is a torpedo shaped Mabie Todd Swan in black with good trim. The body overall is in pretty good condition with only minor and light surface scratches due to normal use. There is one place on the cap where it looks like someone got carried away with a buffer and created a small indentation (see pics). Side imprints are half worn and only about half readable. The gold-filled trim is in good condition with no brassing. The lever is a little loose but still works very well. The section of these Swans have brass threads, and the cap on this one threads in about a quarter turn. The section also has internal threads which makes removing the section much easier. The 14kt. #2 “Swan” nib is a fabulous “wet noodle.” It writes normally as a wet XF. It does have a bit of feedback mostly due to the fact that it is very difficult to use without causing the tines to spread a little. But I would not call it scratchy. The flex goes from XF to BBB (1.7mm) with wet noodle ease and is nicely responsive. Overall, a nice wet noodle from Mabie Todd.

SIZE: 5 1/8″ 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: Good

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

Waterman 12 Red Mottled – Wet Noodle  

Here is a beautiful and uncommon Waterman eye dropper. It’s a 13 with a #3 size nib in red mottled hard rubber. The pen is great condition. There is some fading to the hard rubber but it still has pretty good color. Imprints are fantastic. About as crisp as the original. The nickel-filled clip is also in great condition. This pen has not been used much. As great as this model is the 14kt. Waterman #3 nib may even be more desirable. It’s a wet Fine (0.4mm) that writes butter smooth with a stub like line variation. It adds some nice character to your normal writing. And to top it off it is also a wonderful wet noodle flex nib. This isn’t quite paintbrush soft, but it is still very soft. It has a great range going from 0.4mm to BBB (1.7mm) with some nice responsiveness. The feed has no issues keeping up. Overall, this is a beautiful and quite rare pen in very nice condition that also offers a nib that is both an amazing writer and a wet noodle. What more could you ask for?

SIZE:  5 1/2″ Capped

NIB: 14kt. Waterman #3, F to BBB (0.4mm-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
  • 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

Conklin Crescent Gold Filigree Ring Top – Wet Noodle

Here is a gorgeous Conklin Crescent with a gold-filled filigree overlay in a vest pen / ring top size. In size this is about half way between a Waterman 52 1/2V and a Waterman 52V. The body is in fantastic condition with little to no signs of wear. Certainly no brassing. No fading to the hard rubber. Has the initials “MC” on the cap. The body is really in superb condition. The 14kt. Made in Toledo Conklin #2 is a very wet writing F that like a lot of Conklin’s of this era has a bit of a stub-like character to it. There is some kind of tarnish on the gold nib that I can’t seem to polish off. It takes the right light to see it, but there is a slight color variation on a couple of places on the nib. Writing for this nib is lovely, wet, and smooth. It also has wonderful flex that I’m grading as a low grade wet noodle. This isn’t paintbrush soft, but flex comes very easy. It has a nice range going up to a large BBB (1.8mm). Responsiveness is pretty decent as well. Overall, a gorgeous Conklin that is both a beautiful writer and is capable of lovely flex work.

SIZE:  4 3/8″ Capped

NIB: Conklin Toledo #2, F to BBB (0.4mm-1.8mm) WET NOODLE (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)

FILLING: Excellent

CONDITION: Near Mint

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

Sours: https://willowstrongpens.com/pens-not-on-ebay/

How to find pens with flexible nibs, flexy nibs, flex nibs, wet noodle.

I have been known to deplore SEO-friendly headlines for their lack of style, but I get this search query so often I feel I am performing a public service.

Before anything else, read Antonios’ Short Guide to Flex. It is still the friendliest explanation of flexible nibs I know. A thread he started on the Fountain Pen Network, “What makes a flex nib good?” has people chiming in on nib cross-sections and curvature and such. Save that for when you’ve actually handled a flex nib, because it’s difficult to visualize otherwise.

Many interested in finding flexible nibs don’t know where to start, or have already looked online and don’t know how much to set aside, or how to assess from for-sale posts if a nib will be what they imagine it to be. I’ve been there. Expect to be mildly disappointed just as often as pleasantly surprised. There’s no reassurance that the results I get or a seller gets from using one pen will be the same as yours. We will write differently, hold the pen differently, apply different levels of pressure on downstrokes. If you don’t like the pen you bought, you can always resell it, or donate it to someone who will like it more than you.

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If you’ve yet to try a flexible nib, and don’t want to spend unnecessarily, experiment with steel nibs in a holder. Jetpens carries Zebra G steel nibs, which, like Tachikawa and Nikko G nibs, are slit at the shoulder to allow the working end of the nib to “give” when pressure is applied. This means yes, they are flexible. You can get 10 nibs for USD 12. Add a holder for USD 6, then find ink somewhere. You can also try buying individual steel nibs from John Neal Bookseller. Dip pen nibs don’t have any kind of tipping, the way fountain pen nibs have iridium, so they can snag on paper, especially during upstrokes.

Dip pens need dipping. Dipping can be tedious. Enter the Ackerman Pump Pen, a plastic-bodied pen with a removable feed and section that allows you to use dip pen nibs in a fountain pen setup. (Charles has been hard at work, I see. Now there are versions for Osmiroid removable nibs, brush tips, even double-ended.) The standard pen is USD 12, the others are USD 20.

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You can get a good bargain on eBay if you’re patient, like peering at 100×100 blurred pictures at odd hours, and use a sniping application. Look out for vintage Waterman eyedroppers, Swan by Mabie Todd, early Moore and Wahl. Japanese wartime pens have Shiro (steel) nibs, which are usually flexy, but have a higher risk of not springing back after being flexed. Sometimes you can snag an Eversharp Skyline with a flexible nib. Many second and third-tier pens have flexible Warranted 14k nibs. If the nib has long tines and sloping shoulders, it is likely to be flexible. In the image below, all the nibs have good flex and ink flow.

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The nib on the left is deliberately designed to be stiff and precise. The one on the right has more give.

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Yes, you can find a vintage flex nib pen under USD 100. Try writetime.co.uk, or post a want-to-buy (WTB) ad on the Green Board or the Fountain Pen Network. If you have more spare cash than buying confidence, consider a well-known, reputable (and usually more expensive) seller. There’s vintagepens.com, vintagewriting.com, vintagepen.net and many more.

And then there’s the custom option. I see Mr. Mottishaw’s turnaround time for nib modification is now at 8 months. If you buy a new pen from him and request that the nib be made flexible, the pen does not go into the queue. See here. Richard Binder crafts specialty nibs of all flavors, including flexible. I’m sure there are other experts, but these two remain the most well-known.

I do not recommend the Pilot 742 or 743 FA (falcon) nib in its current incarnation, as it is not a satisfactory flex nib experience. There is simply not enough ink flow to the nib. I also do not recommend an unmodified Namiki/Pilot Falcon/Pilot Falcon Elabo as the nib is barely flexible, and semi-flexible at best. Nakaya’s elastic nibs are soft and springy like a finely-pointed metal brush, not flexible. A flexible nib from Nakaya is semi-flexible by my standards, unless perhaps it is modified by Mr. Mottishaw, in which case most likely it will be full flex.

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Danitrio pens are available with flexible nibs, upon order from Kevin Cheng, aka winedoc on the pen boards. The picture below shows a Mikado (long sold off) with a fine flexible nib, and the Ninja pen with an extra extra fine (EEF) flexible nib. These are close to vintage nibs. The rest of the pen can be spendy due to the art and materials that go into its making.

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We’ll do stubs, italics, obliques and flexible stubs in another post.

Sours: https://leighreyes.com/2010/09/21/how-to-find-pens-with-flexible-nibs-flexy-nibs-flex-nibs-wet-noodle/
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I have a new pen in my arsenal... Well, it's not actually new. It's rather vintage! I know, I know, I have plenty of pens and fountain pens to last me ten lifetimes. But this one is special for several reasons: it's my very first flex nib, and it's very unique (it is, after all, from the ~1930s). I really have nothing else like it in my collection.
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My ever so thoughtful husband surprised me with this beauty one day. It's a Waterman 52V with a 14K Waterman Ideal #2 wet noodle nib. He told me he was expecting a parcel but to allay any suspicions and/or undying curiosity I may (would) have had, he then convinced me it was just a letter. I spent all day racking my brains trying to figure out what letter he possibly could be expecting that would be so important. I had no inkling that the parcel was an awesome gift for meee! He said it was for no particular reason but it may have been because for the few days leading up to this gift, I had been lamenting that Jim loves Pam and bought her a houseand what a sweet boyfriend he is and isn't he amazing etc, etc. Kevin claims that had nothing to do with it and it was purely coincidental. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt though, because I love this pen like crazy.
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This page is my very first attempt at learning to write with a flex nib. There truly is an art to it so I have a loooong way to go before I'm any good at it, but I was still excited by the results I produced in just a few minutes of practicing! Don't judge me just yet. I was only dipping and hadn't yet filled the ink sac at this point.

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I will be doing a full review on it - it's in the review queue. Although it may skip ahead because of my excitement about it...

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I've fallen in love with this pen though. It's adorable and makes even my penmanship look awesome. Not to mention that it's an absolute dream to write with in my Habana and Rhodias. Premium paper really shows its stuff with this kind of pen - inks look absolutely spectacular! But more on this to come...!

Sours: http://www.gourmetpens.com/2011/09/learning-wet-noodle-nib.html
wet noodle fountain pens

There actually is a modern flex pen that can hold its own when compared to vintage flex. The Wahl Eversharp Deco Band is a beautiful pen but the price is kinda up there. Matt Armstrong from The Pen Habit reviewed one. (I put the link below but I don't know if it will be clickable 😓)

 

 

The thing with flex pens is that people think the pens should be able to have crazy line variation. I don't blame them because flex writing is beautiful. But to take a pen (be it vintage or modern) and force it to do something it was never meant to do makes me sad. I think every one should research before committing to purchasing a flex pen to see if it's right for them (or their writing style).

 

If unsure, experimenting with pens such as Noodler's (with the cut out modification), or using a G nib with the pen body, is a good way to try out flex. 😊

 

And as always, research research research! There's a lot of info on the Web and people willing to help 😉

 

(It's my first time posting a link and I'm on mobile so I'm sorry if it can't be clicked 😓)

 

EDIT: the link is working 😁

Sours: https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/254144-modern-wet-noodle/

Noodle nib wet

Logical conclusion - I took my hand to the rag sticking out of the pussy and pulled it gently. I put one hand on her boob, gently massaging and pulling further, the wet tissue came out easily. When the length of the tissue was enough, I changed the direction of movement, now the handkerchief, leaving the hole, stretched up.

To the tummy, between the labia, disturbing the clitoris, sliding along the pubis.

(Revisit) Wet noodle flexible Swan nib slow and fast writing sample

Mumbled, the old woman staggered back against the wall, she felt hot water pouring inside her, filling her insides. Noticing that the woman's belly begins to grow, the man brought a stool into the bathroom and put a plastic bucket on it. Pulling his mother's head back, he began to ruthlessly crush her swollen belly. In pain, the elderly woman only moaned, it seemed to her that now her stomach would burst.

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