Waterman Thorobred with an XF nib

It seems that a lot of people are interested in vintage flex pens, particularly Waterman, and for good reason. Waterman, in the first half of the 20th. century, made a lot of beautiful pens with incredibly good flexible nibs. However, these pens are rather pricey and scarce.

The Thorobred, made in the 1930s, is a great, full-size pen. It's made out of gorgeous brown, red-veined celluloid, and has chrome trim. The nib is the same #2 nib that people know and love. This one is extra-fine in width when writing with normal pressure, and opens up nicely with heavier pressure.

This is not the softest nib I've ever used, but it does fall into the "medium flex" category, and can be used for shaded writing. The XF line is great for hairlines! This pen would make a great, affordable "first vintage flex" pen. Contact me if you're interested. Thanks!

Waterman 301V vintage flex pen

Waterman is famous for its flexible nibs made during the first half of the 20th century. The model 52 is perhaps the most common, performs very well, but it can be pricey. Waterman also made pens that were supposed to be carried in a vest pocked, hence the "V" designation. These were smaller pens when capped, with a really convenient and stylish clip, but converter to full-size pens when posted. Sure, by moderns standards, these are rather slender pens, but they are perfectly comfortable for most people's hands.

The 301V is made of gorgeous brown, red-veined celluloid. The material is gleaming, so beautiful, and in absolutely mint condition. The depth and chatoyancy are excellent, and a testament to the quality of vintage celluloid.

Waterman 301V in gorgeous brown, red-veined celluloid

The star of the show here is, of course, the 14k flexible nib. The nib is in excellent condition, with perfectly preserved geometry, and ample tipping material. It writes a fine line, even and extra-fine line with light pressure, but opens up nicely under pressure. The "snap-back" property is what sets these vintage nibs apart from most modern flex-wannabe nibs made today. I would not call this nib a full-flex, but it is easily a medium flex nib. It would make a perfect first vintage flex nib for a fountain pen enthusiast.

Here's my attempt at flex writing, a pretty poor attempt to be sure.

Here's my attempt at flex writing, a pretty poor attempt to be sure.