I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, and section. Hand cleaned the inside of the barrel and cap with mineral oil. Replaced the old rubber sac with a new silicone sac. Hand polished the Gold Filled Waterman's Ideal Clip, Gold Filled Ideal Lever Box Assembly along with the Ideal 14K #2 NIB. The Clip and Lever Box display no wear or brassing, the 18K gold-filled trim has been polished brightly.
This fountain pen is made from ebonite in the red ripple design. The cap and barrel display a vibrant red and black color that is consistent on both the cap and barrel. The fountain barrel has a clean and crisp imprint at the center of the barrel that reads, "WATERMAN'S REG US PAT. OFF. MADE IN U.S.A.". The butt end of the fountain pen has the 52 imprint.
The threads on the cap and barrel are excellent with the cap always securing tightly. There are no monograms or personalizations on the cap or barrel. There are no cracks, nicks, or repairs to the hard rubber. This Waterman 52 measures 5 3/8" in length capped and 6 7/8" posted.
The lever and box assembly has been cleaned and oiled. I have tested the filling mechanism with water and fills wonderfully. It works as it was designed to - sucks up water without an issue in my testing.
This Waterman has very flexible Waterman Ideal #2 - 14K NIB. When measuring the actual tip of the 14K #2 Ideal NIB it measures with a fine point at .53mm when measuring with digital calipers. When writing the sample in the listing images, the NIB writes with an extra-fine line measuring roughly .44mm with very light pressure and flexes up to a triple broad stroke 2.25mm with medium to firm pressure. The writing sample provided was done with the actual pen in the images that is listed for sale. The writing sample was used by dipping the NIB in Parker Quink Blue-Black Ink.
Any specks of white in the images are from the cotton that I used to clean the barrel and cap.
This Waterman's 52 Red Ripple Fountain Pen is in "ready to write" condition using the great flexible NIB. I would consider the condition of this fountain pen to be in excellent+ condition. Certainly, a wonderful writing instrument to add to any writing arsenal collection.
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