A Very Flexible Waterman 52

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I’ve outlined the history of the Waterman 52 before so there is no point in going over that again.
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This very fine example of a US-made Waterman 52 in black chased hard rubber didn’t look quite so good when it arrived.  It had accrued many years of dirt, mostly, I think, from being in a drawer somewhere.  I say that because it doesn’t show the signs of long, continuous use.  The chasing is crisp and the black hard rubber shows very little fading.  A little cleaning and polishing returned it to something very close to what it looked like on that long ago day that it was bought and became someone’s pride and joy.
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The pen bears a patented clip of a type that I see now and again.  Though it has a patent number, there is no maker’s name on the clip, but it’s a clever little device that takes a firm grip of the cloth and can be released by pressing the tiny trigger.
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As is so often the case with Waterman 52s, the high point of the pen is the nib.  It’s the most flexible nib I have had in quite a while and it snaps back to medium the instant the pressure is released – not that it takes very much pressure to produce a double-broad line.
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Pens like this are truly precious.  There is no pen made today – or in the last few decades – that can compare with a really great Waterman 52 like this one, or for that matter, a flexible Swan or Onoto.  We are very fortunate that these pens were made so well and have lasted to our day in such splendid condition.

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About goodwriterspens
I restore fountain pens, and used to trade as redripple52 in eBay. I also have my own fountain pen sales website, www.goodwriterssales.com

10 Responses to A Very Flexible Waterman 52

  1. Andy says:

    You have an example of a Grip-fast clip! See the 1922 advertisement in my article in the latest WES Journal, page 56. Marketed by Conway Stewart for a time, but almost certainly not made by them.

  2. Thank you, Andy. It’s nice to be able to put a name to it.

  3. Peninkcillin says:

    Oh man, this is almost exactly what I’m looking for. A vintage wet noodle. Though I’d prefer if it went from F or EF to BBB. A thinner starting line anyway.

  4. Blade Runner says:

    Deb – you spoke about cleaning and polishing pens in this article – can you advise what you would recommend for the marbled celluloids of the english pens of the 1930’s through to the 50’s? I have a lot of them that could you with a clean to give a good sparkle but im unsure what to use so i dont discolour the pen in any way – Many Thanks

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